Surviving 3 Kids: A Trip to the Pool

I’m back today, sharing another post in my “Surviving 3 Kids” series here on Disney Baby. Today, let’s talk about a trip to the pool. No matter how many little ones you have, an afternoon at the pool can be a bit hectic. From keeping an eye on clumsy toddlers to avoiding the rowdy 12-year-olds (who don’t know to watch out for the clumsy toddlers,) it is a workout! This summer, we got a family pool pass and have been going a few times a week. Now that we’ve been at it for a month or so, I feel like I have a better idea on what to do and how to survive with three little ones at the pool…

  1. Don’t go alone. I’m fairly certain that if I took all three kids to the pool by myself, one of them would drown. To avoid that, I make sure that I always have another adult with me. There are plenty of other places I can handle by myself with three kids. The pool is not one of them.
  2. Do as much ahead of time as you can. Whatever you can do before you get to the pool, do it. Apply sunscreen. Go potty. Put on bathing suits. Pack the beach bag. Etc. That way, when you get there, you can jump right in without having to hold everyone up while you finish those kinds of tasks.
  3. Wear the baby in the shallow end. My 2- and 3-year-olds like to play in the zero-entry section of the pool. This is great because it allows me to carry my 3-month-old in a wrap or sling. I can stand, with just my ankles in the water, and still have a free hand to rescue my older girls whenever they fall over, etc.
  4. Invest in some life preservers. Water wings. Life jackets. Puddle jumpers. Whatever you prefer, get some. There are too many news stories about tragic events that happen while swimming.
  5. Develop a routine. We have a little system of how we do things at the pool. My kids have figured it out by now, allowing us to have a pretty smooth time while we are there.
What about you? Any tried and true tips for surviving the pool?
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