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3 tips to remember for kiddie pools

June 5, 2014

For safety's sake and the peace of mind for parents, safety officials are calling on moms and dads everywhere to make summer 2014 the season their children learn how to swim. Kids, particularly those under the age of 5, account for a majority of the pool-related accidents each year. And one of the best places in which to get their "feet wet" is in a kiddie pool.

Kiddie pools can be the ideal alternative to above or in-ground pools, not only because they're a whole lot cheaper, but they can be fairly easily moved around the yard. However, once you unwrap the box for these kid-friendly inflatables, many underestimate just how large these pools can be. And with so many options to choose from, some understandably don't know what they should be looking for to determine which one is best.

If you've been thinking about buying a kiddie pool but don't know where to start, these tips may be of some use to you.

1. Decide how kiddie pool will be used. If your son or daughter is young and the pool will chiefly be used for practical purposes, your best bet may be the molded plastic kind. Known for being reasonably priced, these kiddie pools don't require the same amount of labor that the inflatable kind do. However, if your kids are a little older and like to run around the pool as much as they do swim in it, stick with the inflatable kind, which tend to be more durable.

2. Determine location by pool's function. Similarly, where kiddie pools are set up on your property should be determined by how it will be used. If it's for play, the ideal spot is an area that's soft, where there's plenty of grass to cushion kids' feet and the underside of the pool. But if it's strictly for swimming, a wooden deck or flat pad should do the trick. This will also spare you from having to move it around to prevent grass from dying underneath it.

3. Dump out water after every use. To save time and energy, you may want to keep the same pool water every time your child wants to go for a quick dip. But it's best to empty the pool water out after each use, not only to keep the water clean but also to avoid potential accidents that can take place. Babies can drown in as little as an inch of water, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.

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