Let’s face it guys, we won’t be going to the community pools this summer unless this all magically disappears overnight. And if your kids are anything like mine, they NEED water activities to survive the summer. My kids are like little fish. They LOVE the water. And even more so, they LOVE to swim. I couldn’t let this summer go to waste and want to try and give my kids a normal summer as possible and decided to get ahead of the “essential supplies only” and grabbed a pool and supplies off Amazon.
We just did a trial run to make sure we had all of the supplies we needed and nothing would be left out. And after posting about it on Instagram in my stories, some of you gave me an idea to help warm the water, in which, I included in the below list. Thank you!
So you want to know… what did we go with? We got a small Intex pool that comes with a pump that was only $86! Here are the kids in the pool as we were filling it with ~1-2″ to make sure it was on level ground before filling it all of the way to the top.
This pool isn’t much cheaper than a large pool similar in size without a pump, which you will have to empty and refill everyday, thus, wasting water. That is my husband’s biggest gripe and complaint. He always grumbles something when we empty the pool and refill it a few days later. So with this solution, you fill the pool once and use chlorine tablets to keep it clean, plus, use the pump and a cleaning supply kit to get any debris off the top of the water or the bottom of the pool.
We didn’t got with the 48″ because I wanted a pool that would be deep enough but not too deep that we had to keep a super close eye on the kids and could indulge in nearby backyard activities such as gardening or mowing the lawn with a little bit of peace of mind that the kids will be mostly okay with a an eye from across the yard. If the kids were older and better swimmers, we would have definitely gone with a larger pool. But at $86 this was a steal IMO especially coming with a water pump!
We also got the pool cleaning kit. I know, it seems overkill but it’s not. How will you get debris off the bottom of the pool if it gets in there without having to drain the whole thing?
We purchased a bunch of filters for the pump and through research read that each filter lasts about 2 weeks. So this filter pack should in theory get us through the summer.
We also got a solar pool cover to help warm it and a fitted pool cover to keep it secure/clean when it’s not in use.
Many people suggested a pool alarm. Again, I don’t think we need it in our household, but depending on the depth of the pool and such it is a REALLY good idea to have.
Depending on where you live, you may want to heat the pool. Pool heaters are pretty expensive, but thanks to a great follower’s recommendation, you can actually use a cow bucket heater and hang them from a pole over the pool to heat it!
Lastly, don’t forget some fun toys and games for the kids in the pool and a puddle jumper if your little one should need it. We got the kids goggles, puddle jumpers, basketball hoop, volleyball hoop and good old fashioned water guns.
And that should set you up for an alternative to the community pool for the summer! In most places, this may be a cheaper alternative to a family membership to that community pool so in theory, you may even be saving money and be able to give your kids a great splash this summer while in quarantine!
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