12 Best Paddling Pool For Kids & Families This Summer

12 best paddling pool for kids and families

So we might not all be jetting off to exotic places as coronavirus restrictions continue but that wont stop us having serious fun at home. When we are not escaping to the country for picnics our family has created a beach retreat including BBQ and a giant paddling pool.  

Paddling pools and lazy spas (Sorry lay-z-spas) can be a great place to play and chill as we have those long awaited heatwaves. You might be thinking the Lay Z Spa will be hot but you can turn water heater off to have a bubbling plunge pool!

Whether you need a baby paddling pool, selection of fun kids paddling pools or even a dog paddling pool we have you covered here. Paddling pools have got bigger since the days I was a kid, they are nearly swimming pools in some cases.  And boy are they fancy now you can get paddling pool heaters and paddling pool play areas now (think slip and slides we made as kids with plastic bags & the hose pìpe).

Not got time to wade (hahah) through paddling pool reviews then here are our top paddling pool picks ready for you to buy today and chill out with asap!

Intex 28272 Metal Frame Rectangular Pool without Filter Pump, 3834 L, Blue,...
15,241 Reviews
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Intex 10Ft X 30In Prism Frame Swimming Pool, Multi Colour
378 Reviews
Intex 10Ft X 30In Prism Frame Swimming Pool, Multi Colour
  • Enjoy hours of outdoor fun with Intex prism frame pools- from starter pools to pools big enough for the whole family and neighbourhood
  • Durable and easy to assemble, prism frame pools feature all of the great benefits of metal frame pools
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VOXON Inflatable Swimming Pool, Padding Pool Swim Centre Pools for Kids...
325 Reviews
VOXON Inflatable Swimming Pool, Padding Pool Swim Centre Pools for Kids...
  • LARGE FAMILY POOL: The pool is 98 inches in length and can accommodate a large family, including parents and several children. It can hold 580L / 153 Gal of water, enjoy a splashing pool party in your backyard, you can also fill it with play-balls
  • POOL & SPRAYER 2-IN-1 DESIGN: Designed with kids sprinkler, the kiddie pool with the child's favorite part, water squirts out, satisfies with a child's desire to play with water, easily catches kids attention. This summer toy creates oceans of adventures
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Chad Valley Pink Sand and Water Pit- 111 Litre in each pool
26 Reviews
Chad Valley Pink Sand and Water Pit- 111 Litre in each pool
  • Capacity 111 litres in each pool.
  • Size H23.5, W106, D92cm.
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Intex Candy Zone Play Centre 57149NP
5,427 Reviews
Intex Candy Zone Play Centre 57149NP
  • Approximate inflated size: 295 x 191 x 130cm
  • Large pool fills to 14cm of wall height: 206 litres
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Peradix Ball Pit Play Tent / Paddling Pool 2 In 1 - Pop Up Play Tent With...
1,004 Reviews
Peradix Ball Pit Play Tent / Paddling Pool 2 In 1 - Pop Up Play Tent With...
  • ➤2 in 1 design: Baby outdoor paddling pool tent and children's indoor ball pit tent playhouse function in one. Allows your baby to play in the mini pool during a beach trip, and also can be used as an indoor play tent, with a basketball stand, providing a fun and safe place for the baby to play and enjoy.
  • ➤Easy to assemble and carry: The baby tent adopts an automatic pop-up method, is easy to assemble and can be easily folded into a storage bag, which can be used indoors / outdoors / camping/gardens/travels. The storage bag size: 37.5 * 33.5 * 5cm ( 14.8 * 13.2 * 2 inches).
COSTWAY Inflatable Bouncy Castle, Jumper House Water Pool Slide Activity...
29 Reviews
COSTWAY Inflatable Bouncy Castle, Jumper House Water Pool Slide Activity...
  • 【All-in-One Design】 This bouncy castle provides several play areas for kids, including a long slide, a climbing wall, a splash pool and a basketball rim, which allow them to enjoy various games. With this toy castle, parents would be liberated and let kids enjoy themselves.
  • 【Enjoy Water Fun in Summer】Connect the water hose to a tap and you will get a water park. Water will be continuously sprayed from water cannons. The water basin brings adds more fun of water play for kids. Besides, it lets your little one stay cool all day long in hot summer.
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Bestway BW56416 Swimming Pool with Filter Pump, Steel Pro Max, 30 Inch...
517 Reviews
Bestway BW56416 Swimming Pool with Filter Pump, Steel Pro Max, 30 Inch...
  • Steel pro max series pools have an extremely rigid oval shape for durability and are easy to assemble (tool free)
  • Strong and durable build: Pool is made with heavy duty PVC with three ply tritech walls and wall support band for increased rigidity and strength
Yaheetech PVC Foldable Pet Dog Paddling Pool Puppy Swimming Pool 160 x 30cm...
502 Reviews
Yaheetech PVC Foldable Pet Dog Paddling Pool Puppy Swimming Pool 160 x 30cm...
  • Bonus: We give away a brush and four PVC covers. Those covers are used to repair the accidental damage on the bottom. With the bonus brush, you can brush and massage your pet.
  • Multiple sizes: There are multiple sizes for options, ranging from big dogs like German shepherds to small cats like American Shorthair. Also, if you have two or more small/middle dogs/cats, you can buy a larger one for them playing together. Dog play in this foldable pool will also be a great choice.
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Bestway Family Pool, rectangular pool for children, easy to assemble, blue,...
14,357 Reviews
Bestway Family Pool, rectangular pool for children, easy to assemble, blue,...
  • Simple construction - The Family Pool can be inflated quickly and is very easy to set up
  • Robust material - Consisting of sturdy vinyl, the set-up pool promises a long shelf life
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Intex 57190NP Swim Center Family Lounge Pool, 229 x 218 x 76 cm
3,721 Reviews
Intex 57190NP Swim Center Family Lounge Pool, 229 x 218 x 76 cm
  • With seat.
  • Pool with three inflatable rings made of durable vinyl.
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Bestway Round Kids Inflatable Paddling Pool, Fast Set, 8 ft
2,564 Reviews
Bestway Round Kids Inflatable Paddling Pool, Fast Set, 8 ft
  • Fast set pools are easy to set up (tool free) and maintain so you can splash around and cool off on hot summer days with ease
  • Strong and Durable Build: Pool is made from heavy duty three ply TriTech material for increased rigidity and strength

Guide to buying the Best Paddling Pool

Paddling pools are a must-have for some at-home fun. However, to get the most out of your paddling pool, you want to keep it safe, buy a model that fits your needs, and learn about good old-fashioned maintenance. Here is a quick guide to buying the best paddling pool.

Safety

Whether you choose to buy a small inflatable paddling pool or a framed paddling pool, keeping your children safe is the number one rule. 

Firstly, keep an eye on your kids at all times. It doesn’t matter how old they are. A few inches of water is enough for it to be a potential safety hazard. Consider installing a barrier around your paddling pool. And always keep your baby in your arms, on your knees, or at arm’s length when you play with them in the water.

Also always check the age guide when buying any swimming or paddling pool.  Underneath each of our indepth reviews we give you an age guide to help you buy the right pool for your family.

Size and Shape

Paddling pools come in various shapes and sizes. They can be circular, rectangular, oval, or even hexagonal.

Depending on where you intend to place your pool, you should take into account how much room you have in your garden and what shape would be most suitable for you. For instance, if you have a small garden or a patio, a circular pool is a good choice as it won’t take as much space. Whereas a rectangular pool will be more suitable for larger gardens. 

Paddling pools are commonly made with polyvinyl chloride, vinyl, or PVC materials. Small paddling pools generally have three inflatable rings. Larger pools sometimes only have one inflatable ring and take shape as you fill them up with water. You can also buy a large paddling pool with steel pillars. Those paddling pools are like a waterproof sheet in which you can insert steel pillars at the rim and along the walls. Once you fill it up with water, the surface of the sheet becomes nice and smooth.

But depending on your budget, consider opting for durable materials that don’t tear or puncture easily.  As i always say at lifeisapicnic – you get what you pay for!

Maintenance

Depending on the type of paddling pool you go for, maintenance might be a bit different. But a lot of the time, small inflatable swimming pools or pop up children’s paddling pools don’t have any filters as they don’t require any chemicals to sanitise the water. 

That said, water gets grubby quickly. So really, you should be changing it every day or every day two days at least.

Obviously, for larger swimming pools, that isn’t really an option. So you’ll have to use sanitisers like chlorine or saltwater to get rid of any bacteria, algae, and other pathogens.  Our indepth reviews state whether your paddling pool has a filter system and if not you can buy them as an extra.

Heated VS Non-Heated Paddling Pools

Paddling pools are a great way to enjoy the summer months. But really, if we’re being honest here, our English summers aren’t the hottest. And the water’s probably a lot colder than we’d like it to be (the temperature of your pool will be on average your night time temp!). Luckily, you can easily heat your pool at a low cost. 

Our favourite way is with a solar heating mat which is easily placed underneath your pool. And some frigid paddling pools with pumps have a solar heated cover. However you can also buy an electric paddling pool heater which is easily placed by your swimming pool.  These are more costly outlay but can be very effective way to get a warm paddling pool.

Types of paddling pools

The great thing about paddling pools is that they tend to be easy to put together, light, and practical. That said, there are a ton of different types to suit each person’s needs. From three-ringed inflatable toddler paddling pools for small kids to a 10ft paddling pool, you’ve got an array of different models to choose from.

For instance, if you’re looking to buy a paddling pool for your toddler, a small paddling pool with 7 inches of water or less is perfect.  A sandpit pool is also great for kids between 4 and 7 years old to have their friends over for the afternoon.

Just remember to consider the size of your garden, what surface you’ll be placing the pool on, and how you plan on storing it during the winter months before you make your purchase. 

But now its time to dive in and let’s take a look at our 12 best paddling pools for kids and families.

Intex 28272 Metal Frame Rectangular Pool without Filter Pump, 3834 L, Blue, 300 x 200 x 75 cm
15,241 Reviews
Intex 28272 Metal Frame Rectangular Pool without Filter Pump, 3834 L, Blue, 300 x 200 x 75 cm
OVERALL BEST PADDLING POOL - If you’re looking for a long-lasting paddling pool to adorn your garden, this Intex Rectangular Pool is perfect for you. Easy to put together, users say they are able to keep it up all year round. And the side walls are very thick and sturdy. Big enough to contain the entire family, this pool is great for floating around on your doughnut with a Pina Collada in your hand. Or at least that’s what I do!

Pros

Cons

NEED TO KNOW:

The available sizes for this paddling pool are 2,20 x 1,5 x 0,60 metres (86.8 x 59 x 23.6 inches) and 3 x 2 x 0.75 metres (118.1 x 78.7 x 29.5 inches).

And it can hold up to 3834 Litres of water.

This swimming pool is quite deep, so make sure children are under supervision at all times.

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Intex 10Ft X 30In Prism Frame Swimming Pool, Multi Colour
378 Reviews
Intex 10Ft X 30In Prism Frame Swimming Pool, Multi Colour
OVERALL BEST 10FT PADDLING POOL - Customers describe this Intex 10Ft X 30In Prism Frame Swimming Pool as being a great bargain. This easily assembled amazon paddling pool is best done with two people according to users. And it only took one customer 3 hours to fill up. Overall, users say it’s great quality and very durable.

Pros

Cons

NEED TO KNOW: 

This swimming pool measures 305 x 305 x 76cm (120 x 120 x 29.9 inches) and holds up to 4, 485 Litres of water.

This paddling pool is suitable for children 6+.

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VOXON Inflatable Swimming Pool, Padding Pool Swim Centre Pools for Kids Adults Family Indoor Outdoor Garden Toys Game Above...
325 Reviews
VOXON Inflatable Swimming Pool, Padding Pool Swim Centre Pools for Kids Adults Family Indoor Outdoor Garden Toys Game Above...
OVERALL BEST 8FT PADDLING POOL -This great quality VOXON Inflatable Swimming Pool is perfect for small children. With its inflatable dolphins on the edges of the pool, customers say their kids loved playing in this rectangular paddling pool all summer. Users do say it took them a long time to fill up. But overall, customers were very happy with this swimming pool.

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Cons

NEED TO KNOW:

This paddling pool measures 250 x 180 x 55cm (98.4 x 70.8 x 21.6 inches) and can hold up to 153 gallons/579 Litres of water.

This swimming pool is suitable for children of 4+.

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Chad Valley Pink Sand and Water Pit- 111 Litre in each pool
26 Reviews
Chad Valley Pink Sand and Water Pit- 111 Litre in each pool
OVERALL BEST SHELL PADDLING POOL - If you want your toddler to have a little pool to splash in this summer, this Chad Valley Sand and Water Pit is a perfect purchase for you. Kids love playing in this shell paddling pool, and users say the quality is really good for the price. Customers also appreciate being able to convert this toddler paddling pool into a sandpit so that their baby can use it throughout the year!

Pros

Cons

NEED TO KNOW:

This toddler paddling pool measures 23.5 x 106 x 92cm (9.25 x 41.7 x 36.2 inches) and can hold up to 111 Litres of water.

It is suitable for children of 2+.

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Intex Candy Zone Play Centre 57149NP
5,427 Reviews
Intex Candy Zone Play Centre 57149NP
OVERALL BEST TODDLER PADDLING POOL - This colourful paddling pool is great fun for kids between 3 and 6 years old. With inflatable lollipops and a water jet above the slide, customers say this Intex Candy Zone Play Centre is of great quality.

Pros

Cons

NEED TO KNOW:

This paddling pool measures 47.6 x 15.2 x 40.6cm (18.7 x 5.98 x 15.9 inches) and can hold from 168 Litres to 206 Litres of water.

Suitable for children between 3 and 6 years old.

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Peradix Ball Pit Play Tent / Paddling Pool 2 In 1 - Pop Up Play Tent With Sunshade And Basketball Hoop Toys For Kids/ Baby...
1,004 Reviews
Peradix Ball Pit Play Tent / Paddling Pool 2 In 1 - Pop Up Play Tent With Sunshade And Basketball Hoop Toys For Kids/ Baby...
OVERALL BEST BABY PADDLING POOL - Whether you turn this Peradix Ball Pit Play Tent into a ball pit or a swimming pool, your little one can play in this toddler paddling pool all year round. With its little sunshade, you don’t have to worry about your baby getting sunburnt. And this baby paddling pool is big enough for babies to have ample space to play around.

Pros

Cons

NEED TO KNOW:

This baby paddling pool measures 95cm x 77cm (37.4 x 30.3 inches) and the portable bag measures 37,5cm x 33,5cm.

Suitable for children 2+.

Order the ball pit balls here.

COSTWAY Inflatable Bouncy Castle, Jumper House Water Pool Slide Activity Center with Water Slide, Climbing Wall, Water Gun...
29 Reviews
COSTWAY Inflatable Bouncy Castle, Jumper House Water Pool Slide Activity Center with Water Slide, Climbing Wall, Water Gun...
OVERALL BEST PADDLING POOL WITH SLIDE - If you've been looking for a paddling pool with slide, this huge kids paddling pool will do the job and keep your children entertained all summer. With two separate sections, this COSTWAY Inflatable Bouncy Castle can be a pool as well as a ball pit.

Pros

Cons

NEED TO KNOW:

This kids paddling pool measures 400cm x 360cm x 270cm (157.4 x 141.7 x 106.2 inches) and can take up to 3 children at a time (159kg).

Suitable for children between 3 and 10 years old.

Order the ball pit balls here.

Order 480W Air Blower here.

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Bestway BW56416 Swimming Pool with Filter Pump, Steel Pro Max, 30 Inch Deep, 12 ft
517 Reviews
Bestway BW56416 Swimming Pool with Filter Pump, Steel Pro Max, 30 Inch Deep, 12 ft
OVERALL BEST ROUND PADDLING POOL- Customers were delighted with this Bestway Swimming Pool. Not only does it come with a filter pump, but users say this rigid paddling pool is very easy to put together. Many customers say they were able to assemble this swimming pool with only two people. And although it can take up to 9 hours to fill up, it’s very sturdy and spacious for the price.

Pros

Cons

NEED TO KNOW:

This frigid paddling pool measures 3.66 m x 76 cm (12 ft x 30 inches) and can hold up to 6,473 Litres of water.

Suitable for children 3+.

Buy your paddling pool sanitiser items here.

Yaheetech PVC Foldable Pet Dog Paddling Pool Puppy Swimming Pool 160 x 30cm Dog Pool Dog Shower Bathing Tub Dog Bath Water...
502 Reviews
Yaheetech PVC Foldable Pet Dog Paddling Pool Puppy Swimming Pool 160 x 30cm Dog Pool Dog Shower Bathing Tub Dog Bath Water...
OVERALL BEST DOG PADDLING POOL- If you want to relieve your dog from the heat, this dog paddling pool is for you. This Bestway Family Pool is perfect for pets. And many users have bought this for both their dogs and their ducks. Customers say it's of great quality, and the fabric is sturdy and well made.

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NEED TO KNOW:

This dog’s paddling pool comes in 4 sizes and 4 colours (black, blue, gray, and red). The larger model measures 160 x 160 x 30 cm (62.9 x 62.9 x 11.8 inches) and takes dogs up to 60kg (132lbs).

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Bestway Family Pool, rectangular pool for children, easy to assemble, blue, 262 x 175 x 51 cm
14,357 Reviews
Bestway Family Pool, rectangular pool for children, easy to assemble, blue, 262 x 175 x 51 cm
OVERALL BEST BUDGET PADDLING POOL - Take a break from the week with this Bestway Family Pool. With a little built-in cushion and drink holders, this cheap paddling pool is perfect for a hot spell. Users were very happy with the price, and they say they couldn’t get their children out of it! You do need an electric pump with this rectangular paddling pool, and customers say it takes a while to drain.

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NEED TO KNOW:

This rectangular paddling pool comes in 3 sizes. The medium-sized model measures 175 x 51 x 262 cm (68.8 x 20 x 103.1 inches) and can take up to 982 Litres of water.

Suitable for children 36 months +.

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Intex 57190NP Swim Center Family Lounge Pool, 229 x 218 x 76 cm
3,721 Reviews
Intex 57190NP Swim Center Family Lounge Pool, 229 x 218 x 76 cm
OVERALL BEST PADDLING POOL WITH SEATS - If you've been looking for paddling pools with seats, this very comfortable plastic paddling pool will adorn your patio in the best way. Users say this paddling pool is soft and cushiony, and the fabric keeps the heat trapped for a long time. According to customers, it only takes half an hour to inflate. So no need to wait around to enjoy your swimming pool!

Pros

Cons

NEED TO KNOW: 

This small paddling pool measures 15.3 x 45.8 x 40.3 cm (6 x 18 x 15.8 inches) and weighs 7 kg (15lbs).

Suitable for children 3+.

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Bestway Round Kids Inflatable Paddling Pool, Fast Set, 8 ft
2,564 Reviews
Bestway Round Kids Inflatable Paddling Pool, Fast Set, 8 ft
OVERALL BEST PADDLING POOL FOR QUICK INFLATION- Whether you want to cool down this summer or keep your kids entertained, this Bestway Inflatable Paddling Pool is a great choice. With its inflatable ring, you only need to fill it up with water before it takes shape. And according to users, as long as you follow instructions, it holds its shape throughout the summer!

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NEED TO KNOW:

This swimming pool measures 2.44 x 2.44 x 0.66 metres (6.19 x 6.19 x 1.67 inches) and can hold up to 2,100 Litres of water.

Suitable for toddlers and children as long as they are supervised at all times.

We hope you enjoyed the in depth reviews of our best paddling pools and found the right swimming pool for your garden.   Here are quick links to our other summer fun essentials on the site.  If you have all these you are sure of the picnic or party with the family!

Can you think of another essential picnic and summer fun items I need to include? If so drop me a line in the comments.

Other Paddling Pool Essentials

Here are some extra bits you’ll want to have with your pool. From paddling pool heaters to the best outdoor toys, we’ve got great recommendations for you below:

  • Pool covers:

Pool covers are essential to keeping leaves, bugs and other creatures away from your pool. Not to mention it’s a lot safer to have if you have kids around. This QiuQiu Solar Pool Cover for Frame Pools, Rectangular Swim Pool Cover is perfect for the Intex Metal Frame Rectangular Pool. It’s easy to put on and remove, and the little ropes at the end enable you to stabilise it. For the Bestway Swimming Pool, this Bestway BW58037 12 feet pool cover is a great option. It traps the heat from a hot summer’s day, and according to users, it’s a perfect fit.

  • Pool heaters:

To keep your pool warm at all times, this Intex Eco-Friendly Solar Heating Mat is such a perfect choice. You can place it under small to medium-sized paddling pools. And according to users, it keeps their swimming pool warm without breaking the bank.

This Intex 28684 Electric Above Ground Pool Heater is also very practical. Customers were so happy to be able to keep their pool warm in English weather.

  • Pool pumps:

To keep your water clean and usable at all times, this Bestway Flowclear 330gal Filter Pump Swimming Pool is perfect for the job. Customers say it’s powerful and works very well.

  • Pool filters: 

To get the most out of your paddling pool pump, you have to change your filter regularly. These Housmile Pool filter replacements were well received by users, customers say they are very cheap and of great quality. Another good alternative is this Flowclear™ Type II Filter Cartridge. Customers say their water has been crystal clear ever since!

  • Pool toys:

Pool toys are so much fun, aren’t they? And to have the best family time, I strongly recommend this Auney Water Toy for Kids. My kids absolutely loved thes fun colourful water pistols. It’s easy for them to refill and use, and they were running around all day with them.

Another great toy is this Intex 58504NP Floating Hoop Game. Place it in the pool and throw the inflatable basketball into the hoop! It’s great for small children too.

  • Pool slides:

Keeping the best for last, these Intex Inflatable Slide and 2 Sprays are so much fun. They are on the pricey side, but users say they are of great quality and kids love it. If you’d rather not spend as much on an inflatable slide, this Swimming Pool Inflatable Waterslide is also a great pick. It’s easy to climb because of its wide steps, and small children will be thrilled with this addition to your paddling pool.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

How to clean a paddling pool ?

If you have a small paddling pool, my advice is to clean your pool every day, or every two days at the least. To do this, all you have to do is empty it, give it a scrub with a clean sponge and a bit of antibacterial soap, rinse thoroughly and let it dry out. 

If emptying the water isn’t an option because of the size of your pool, consider using sanitiser products on a regular basis such as chlorine or saltwater. And depending on the type of paddling pool you buy, cleaning it on a regular basis can mean it can last for up to five years or more!

How to empty a paddling pool ?

The easiest way to empty your paddling pool is to use a garden hose. To do this, submerge one end of the hose in the water, preferably in the centre of the pool. Put the other end of the hose in an area where the water will empty, making sure it is below water level, and give a quick suck on hose to pull water through. Then let gravity do the job and wait for your swimming pool to drain.

How warm should a paddling pool be for a baby ?

If your baby is under 13 weeks old, the water shouldn’t be any less than 32 degrees.

Whats the best paddling pool to buy ?

For the entire family to enjoy, my favourite paddling pool is this Intex Metal Frame Rectangular Pool. This one’s great for the older kids to enjoy along with their parents. And personally, I’m happily floating on my doughnut all afternoon.

For smaller inflatable paddling pools, a great option is this Intex Candy Zone Play Centre. It’s such a fun paddling pool for very small children, and my babies can’t get enough of it.

Have you used any of these paddling pools or swimming pools? Then please leave your review in the comments box below. Is your favourite beach cart not on the list? Be sure to let me know in the comments below so I can review it.

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