A month or so ago, Pa and I found this eight dollar inflatable pool at Target and decided we had to have it for Lula. July and August are brutal around here- we’re talking almost every day in the 90s- so finding an easy way to cool off was definitely in order.
Since Memorial Day weekend was so hot, it was the perfect time to try out the pool.
I published a swimming post a month or so ago asking people for ideas about outfitting Miss Lula for swimming. Bobbie suggested reusable swim bottoms so I got this pair on amazon and they work really well.It was weird putting these on Lula with no diaper underneath.
We put on her swimsuit next- my Mom bought it for her when we stopped in Carter’s a few months ago. This is a 12 month suit so she could grow into it- clearly it isn’t loose though.
Pa had filled up the pool earlier in the day with the hose and even after sitting in the sun on a hot day, it was still a little chilly so he brought out a few milk jugs filled with warm water, as I saw Ashley talk about here.
Lula was certainly tentative about getting in the water and kept taking extremely deep breaths through her nose- I’m sure the water shocked her as happens to me sometimes when I swim. She did a lot of dancing around first and then we plopped down together.Sitting in the pool with her as shown above worked really well- I think my body heat kept her from getting too cold and it was a really easy way to hold onto her. I don’t know anything about when babies can put their faces under water and I guess I err on the side of doing it later rather than earlier.
Once she got comfortable, she really went to town splashing around with both her legs and arms.
I think she would have continued doing this forever if I had let her. The pool does have a little give so it snapped back into her face a few times which startled her but she was back at it the next day when I took her out again so I guess she likes it?
I suspect this pool is going to get quite a bit of use this summer. I am always looking for events like this that she and I will both enjoy and this is a clear winner.We hope you have a great weekend!