Paddling pools for babies and children
Summer is just around the corner and the temperatures are climbing steadily. Even if visits to the open-air swimming pool are possible with the family and the little baby, it is still easier to create a swimming pool feeling at home. There is nothing better for a baby or child in the hot season than to cool off and play in their own paddling pool in the garden or on the balcony . However, there are a few things to consider when buying a paddling pool to ensure that the baby's enjoyment of the pool lasts for a long time.
The right equipment for a good baby pool
Paddling pools for toddlers and little water rats are very space-saving and only require a few square metres of space. Most are easily inflatable, others can be inflated with an electric air pump. Since they only hold about 20 to 40 litres of water, depending on the size of the children's paddling pool, they can easily be set up on a balcony. In an emergency, a pool can sometimes even fit in your own living room. Thanks to its low weight, a paddling pool can also be taken along on trips or holidays. Because of its shallow depth, the paddling pool is of course not suitable for swimming. It is more about safely experiencing the wet element and splashing around. As a rule, a baby pool has a soft underside on the bottom, as curious crawling children like to practise standing up and can fall softly. Many paddling pool models also have additional accessories, such as a sun canopy or a small water slide. In your own garden, it is also suitable to set up a sandpit next to the paddling pool to provide the full experience for the baby. To give your baby additional fun while splashing around, you can also use special toys for water. Our shop offers you a wide range of products at low prices in the outdoor area and the toy category.
The necessary care for a paddling pool
Of course, the water in a paddling pool does not last forever. The smaller the capacity of a pool, the faster dirt and germs accumulate in the water. A daily water change is therefore advisable. Since the water heats up very quickly thanks to the low filling capacity, the optimum water temperature for a child is quickly reached. The child should not freeze under any circumstances. A water temperature of over 35 degrees is optimal so that the child does not lose too much body heat. If you want to use the swimming pool early in the morning, remember to fill the pool with warm water. Thanks to its small size, the paddling pool can be cleaned with a water shower under a shower or in the bathtub. If you don't want to change the water in the pool every day, you can use a cover.
Basic safety rules when using a baby pool
Infants have a different centre of gravity than adults. Their heads are disproportionately large and heavy, which is why toddlers can drown in low water due to their immature motor skills. The presence of a supervisor is therefore essential. There is no direct age recommendation for a paddling pool. As soon as the child is able to sit up independently, it can also bathe in the baby pool. A filling level of about ten centimetres is suitable for safe bathing fun. A shady place is the ideal location. Full sun is counterproductive for babies and infants in the first twelve months, as the skin is still very thin and lacks natural protection against UV radiation. Although a sunshade, such as an umbrella or canopy, can provide short-term relief, there is also a risk of the child overheating in the long term. Sun creams are also not suitable as sun protection, as they could irritate the delicate skin. Contrary to the general consensus, baby oil or sprays are no substitute for sufficient sun protection. So always make sure you have enough shade when you go swimming. Special UV clothing or swim nappies can also be used for this purpose. Even after the baby paddling pool adventure, remember to care for the baby's skin properly.