(Closed) Getting a pool with children

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I don’t know about having a pool, but we have stairs in our house, and it hasn’t been an issue.  Dirty Delete learned how to go up/down the stairs on her own by… 16 months ( I think) so I rarely carried her on the stairs after that.  Also, DS often sleeps up in his room with the monitor on while Dirty Delete and I play downstairs or even outside, so that may not be an issue either.  🙂

Post # 4
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Busy bee

ANother option if possible would be to build a deck around it so there is not stairs. I think it would be a great idea! Buy a cover and keep it covered when not in use and that will scale bakc the cleaning. Swimming is great excersise for all ages! I say go for it!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

Get the pool! It was the best thing we bought when our kids were little and we had one until we sold the house. Ours was always the place where everyone came for everything, and it was mostly because of the pool.

You’ll love it and your kids will turn into little fish!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

They also make vacuums that vacuum the pool all day, so you wouldn’t be stuck doing it.

We had a pool as a kid and every birthday I have good memories of pool parties and end of the year school parties were always at my house.

My sister started taking swim lessons at 18mo. It’s a good thing because she fell in the pool and lakes frequently and knew how to float and not drown. (She was a crazy kid, my parents weren’t bad).

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

@roxy821:  My nephew is 2, and he can go up and down my parents’ pool stairs no problem. And it’s the ladder that’s really steep that comes with an above ground pool. I think if you’re getting one, you need to have some sort of deck that goes with it. Maybe not a wooden one, but one that actually comes with the pool if you know what I mean?

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

To be honest, I don’t think I would ever get a pool with small children in the house. Not to be a downer, but we had a really awful spike of child drownings in backyard pools this year. I really advocate getting kids in the water and teaching them to swim, but there are a lot of risks that come with a pool and multiple young kids.

ETA – I don’t want to sound like I think you wouldn’t take appropriate precautions, btw! For me personally though, the risks outweigh the benefits.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@roxy821:  Or maybe they could even build a ramp?  That would eliminate the steps altogether.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Having small kids would not be my reason for not getting a pool. Personally, I would never want a pool in my backyard just due to maintenance issues.

I lifeguarded forever and used to teach swim lessons, and I wouldn’t let my kids out to the pool unless I was actively supervising them. If you’re in doubt of handling 2 kids out back by yourself, do an alternate activity like playing in the sprinkler. Or invite another mom and her kid(s) over so there are more hands on deck. But definitely the #1 rule would be don’t ever do anything by the pool where you feel uncomfortable. Testing boundaries is what leads to accidents.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@roxy821:  OHHH yeah an above-ground pool would definitely be more of a challenge, both with getting in/out and also visibility of anyone around the pool. I’m guessing you live in a warmer area? I grew up in Illinois, lived in Wisconsin for years, and am now in Iowa, and I can’t imagine trying to clean all the leaves and gunk out while getting like 3 usable months in the summer, haha. I’d rather buy a pool pass.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper

Personally I would not get a pool until the children are much older, maybe 5 years old?

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