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Best Kiddie Pools to Cool Off This Summer

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Summertime
Summertime

When local pools are closed, a kid pool is the only way to get some relief from the heat. A dab of sunscreen, a swimsuit, and you’re ready to visit the closest cabana--your backyard. And adults get hot, too, so make yourself comfortable and get ready to squeeze your giant body into some fine baby pools. (Remember: always, always watch your babies and kids, even in a few inches of water.)

Kids splash pad

Kids splash pad

We think every backyard needs a palm tree, water slide, and two pools, don’t you? This inflatable kiddie pool-plus-more is the maximum fun you can inflate. (If you look at the reviews, you’ll see an alpaca enjoying the cool water. We can’t make this stuff up.) It’s big enough to hold more than one kid, which is key for a lot of families, and it comes with entertainment options like a slide, a ring toss, and a decorative sprinkler whale. (See below for our pump recommendation for this big boy.)

Colorful baby inflatable kiddie pool

Colorful baby inflatable kiddie pool

This pool is simple and no-nonsense. It’s exactly what you expect when you seek out a kiddie pool, and there’s a reason it’s a #1 seller. One great thing about this pool is that it’s small enough (58”) to use indoors as a ball pit when winter comes. Multi-functional = genius.

Infant/toddler splash pool

Infant/toddler splash pool

Kids love sprinklers, they love pools; why not combine them? This mini water park gives you the splash power of a small kids pool with the spraying fun of a sprinkler. Kids love jumping in and playing around in this kid pool that keeps them splashing. Be sure to put the sprinkler on a low flow to minimize the spray.

Cheap baby pool

Cheap baby pool

For littler ones who don’t want a sprinkler feature, check out this simple baby pool. It’s perfect for kids aged one to three since it’s only about 34” in diameter. If you have a small patio or balcony, this will be perfect to cool your heels.

Dancing baby splash pad and wading pool

Dancing baby splash pad and wading pool

If your kid likes to jump and dance while being sprayed, this is the place to be. The “floor” of the splash pad holds water for wading, while the sprinkler feature gives your kid a lot of room to jump, slip, splash, and dance. Since it is pretty flat, it’s a breeze to empty and dry off when you’re finished. Get a boombox and start dancing!

Easy air pump

Easy air pump

This basic pump takes the blow out of blow-up. Instead of exhausting yourself, why not spend a few bucks and let this plug-in pump do all the work? You can blow up pool toys, air mattresses, and even inflatable kayaks. This sucker (well, blower) is loud, but it has two attachments to fit most any inflatable item.

Vinyl patch and seal tape

Vinyl patch and seal tape

If you have kids and an inflatable, you’re going to get a hole somewhere. Grab a roll of this waterproof tape to help extend the life of your inflatable!