If you are considering buying an inflatable swimming pool for your kids, there are a few things that you should think about, including:
1. How Is It Inflated?
Some inflatable swimming pools come with an electrical pump, or a foot pump. Others do not, so you will need to purchase a pump separately. This may not be an issue for you if you already have pumps for your air bed or car tyres and can use those, but if you are investing in this sort of thing for the first time then it is an added expense that you will want to look at.
2. How Big Is The Pool?
Check the measurements to make absolutely sure that the pool will fit where you want to put it. It would be most unfortunate to find out that the pool is wider than you expected, so it will have to sit on uneven ground instead of the nice patch you were planning on placing it on. Not only that, but it could be a safety risk.
3. How Thick is The Lining?
There are a lot of cheap pools on the market these days, which are made of thin material with poor stitching. You might get away with this kind of pool as a paddling pool for toddlers, but it would not be suitable for older kids. Remember that kids will most likely roughhouse in the pool – no matter how much you tell them not to do so! You need to make sure that the walls of the pool won’t collapse on them while they are playing.
4. How Deep is The Pool?
Make sure you know exactly what you are getting – is this a pool that is deep enough you could also use it as a ball pit, or is it more like paddling pool depth? Are you confident that your children will be safe in the pool? Remember that children can drown in even a few inches of water if they fall and land face down. You should always supervise children when they are playing in a pool even if it is not very deep. Inflatable pools are a lot of fun and a great addition to any garden, but they are not something that you would leave erected and full of water for long term unspervised play.