Living in Arizona, the summer requires lots of time by the pool to stay cool. This year my boys are learning to swim which means even more time in the water and under the sun. So today I’m sharing my favorite summertime tips for when you’re at the pool with the kids!
5 Tips for Summer by the Pool
- HYDRATE!! Just because you’re in the water doesn’t mean you don’t need to drink water! The hot summer sun may feel good when you’re in a cool pool, but to help prevent heat stroke drinking lots of water is a must. I love these Brita self filtering Water Bottles for the whole family!! It doesn’t matter if we’re running errands or at the pool. I know I can get them a drink of freshly filtered water anywhere and keep the whole family hydrated. LOVE THAT!
**You can grab your own Brita Water Bottle at Walmart in the hardware section. The one I got is the “sport” model since my kids like to squeeze the sides, but there are lots or different style and hard sided bottles too!
- SUNSCREEN – A must have at all times outside in the summer! Whether you like the spray on kind or the cream, getting a good coat of sunscreen on you and the kids should be the first thing you do before even going to the pool. No one wants to come home with sunburns, and this small step will also help protect your child’s skin for their whole life. Teaching the kids to put on a coat of sunscreen now, when their little, will become a habit you’ll want them to have.
- SWIM SHIRTS – these little babies are great for helping ward off sunburns. They don’t take the place of sunscreen, but they are UV preventative and after a lifetime of sunburns (and some really bad ones at that) every little bit of coverage helps. These shirts are extra helpful if your using a flotation device with clips (front or back) since the shirt provides a layer between the buckle and your child’s skin. Bonus!
- A GOOD BOOK – Sometimes when we go swimming it’s at the grandparents’ house, and this is the perfect time to catch up on my favorite/current book. I have two other adults minding the boys, and I can enjoy the sun (while still keeping an ear on things). It’s a much need me time moment, even if I’m with the whole family.
- YOUR PHONE – I know you’re going to say water and smartphones don’t mix, and you’re right. But when your kids are learning to swim and they make some serious progress you’ll want your camera ready to snap some pics and get video. Just keep your phone in a dry place in the mean time. My oldest jumped off our friend’s pool waterfall the other day with his dad and our friend got the whole thing on his phone camera video. My son LOVES watching it over and over again. It’s the little things.