I don't know about you, but I get overwhelmed when I see an article like "15 items you need when bringing your baby to the pool" 15?!! That is how much extra stuff I need to bring for this one little baby?
Then I read the article, and it's listing a bunch of stuff I already have in my diaper bag, like, "A change of clothes for after, diapers, and snacks." Or it's things I would already be bringing to the pool with or without baby, like towels.
So hopefully, this list won't stress you out! As I have found from having four babies and living in the heat of Southern California, where pool days are every day in the summer, you don't need much. In fact, I only need four things specific for baby.
Below is my list of the top four things you need specifically for baby.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Bonus: (Only if baby is walking)
While this floaty is marketed it for infants my huge 9 month old fit into it just fine! He loved it and was so relaxed living his best life in this thing! It claims it can fold up and be placed in the provided carrying case, but I have yet to figure it out haha.
This is the best swimsuit for babies! I can't tell you how frustrating it is trying to get a wet swimsuit off a squirmy baby, especially for frequent diaper changes. This swimsuit has a full length zipper, making it easy for diaper changes and getting them in and out. It comes with a sun hat and covers them all the way to the wrists and ankles!
I have been using this sunscreen for the last 6 years on all my babies and kids, myself and husband included, and have not gotten sunburnt! It is zinc and mineral based so yeah, you will have that nice white sunscreen look. But if you are dedicated enough to rubbing it in you won't see it...as bad. For me I don't mind this. I would rather everyone be protected than risk getting burnt.
You can do disposables or washable, reusable ones. I usually use the washable ones but like having a small pack of disposable ones on hand if I haven't gotten around to cleaning the washable ones. Which can be hard to keep up with when swimming every day. Again, swim diapers do not hold in pee. If they held in liquids, they would puff up and explode the second baby gets into the pool haha! They are meant to catch the poop, and that's it. So don't get baby in a swim diaper until you are ready to get in the pool.
If your baby is walking, some swim shoes are helpful!
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