Summer is fast approaching, and to that we say: THANK GOODNESS! With warm weather comes more time outdoors, delicious barbecues, big adventures. and, of course, trips to the pool with the kids. But there’s a downside to the fun, because there always is when you’re a busy mom. For example, getting your kids and… all that stuff… to the pool or beach is no easy task! Let us help you simplify with these pool products that will make your whole summer more enjoyable for the whole family.
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Carry everything you need, and keep your drinks and snacks cool in this foldable insulated cooling bag. The lightweight bag makes your day at the pool much easier because the insulated cooler compartment is at the base of a mesh tote. It stands up easily on its own, and it has plenty of storage for everything you need for your day out.
The bag is roomy and easy to carry, important features when you need to grab everything and go because little ones hit their limit. Bonus: store sunscreen in the insulated compartment to keep it cool all day long.
One of the most important pool products for our technological age! A waterproof phone pouch is a must-have for moms. Pop your phone into the pouch, slip it on like a necklace, and rest easy that you won’t get your phone wet from splashes or accidental drops. The pouch is clear in the front and the back, so you can catch up on emails, text, and snap and share poolside photos.
The JOTO Universal Waterproof Pouch works with all smart phones up to 100mm x 170mm (the clear panel is 70mm x 140mm). That means it’s big enough to fit the iPhone XS Max and the Pixel 3 XL. Plus, it comes in a rainbow of colors to match your favorite swimsuits!
Don’t let a gust of wind or a scrunched up wet towel ruin your pool day. These colorful towel clips help keep your towel in place on your beach chair all day. They are also perfect for creating shaded areas and napping spaces for your littlest ones who need a break during a long day out.
The clips are sturdy and rust resistant, so they should last well beyond the summer.
We know all about protecting our skin — and our kids’ skin — from harmful rays, but it’s easy to forget about your lips. Make sure you can spend a full day soaking up the sun by remembering to pack lip protection for the whole family. Sun Bum Sunscreen Protection Lip Balm SPF 30 is hypoallergenic, vegan, and gluten-free.
Sun Bum offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, and it’s infused with Vitamin E and aloe so it nourishes lips, too. It’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes, but you and your kids won’t mind reapplying one bit. Sun Bum Lip Balm comes in summery flavors like coconut, mango, key lime, and pomegranate.
No one will have fun if Mama gets dehydrated in the sun. Practice a little stylish self-care with an insulated tumbler by your side. The 24 oz. Tervis Insulated Tumbler holds the equivalent of 3 glasses of water and keeps your drink cool for hours. It’s double-walled to reduce condensation, so all of the coldness stays in your drink instead of pooling around the outside of the cup and all over your hands.
The tumbler is BPA free, Made in the USA, and comes with a lifetime guarantee. It comes in adorable patterns, and it’s dishwasher safe!
Another of the most important pool products. Your kids want to run and play, and you want to make sure they don’t get overheated. A water-repellent hat with UPF protection helps keep them cool and comfortable all day, in and out of the water.
The JAN & JUL Aqua-Dry UV Sun Protection Swim Hat comes with stay-in-place straps and GRO-WITH-ME® SMART DESIGN so kids can wear it for more than one season. (It doubles as a rain hat in the spring and fall.) The hat folds easily into your pool bag and is designed for sizes from newborn to 12 years.
Quick-drying towels are brilliant! They keep your bag light (the microfiber towels are 4 times thinner than terry cloth towels with the same dimensions) and mildew free. These towels dry so quickly that they feel brand new by the time the kids hop out of the water for a snack break.
The Microfiber Towel Quick Dry Set from Your Choice comes in a set of 4 for the whole family to enjoy. Bonus: microfiber towels are great for the beach because the sand slides right off, instead of getting stuck in terry cloth fibers.
Sometimes you just can’t make another run to the snack stand. When your kids need a little nutrition and extra hydration during a long day outdoors, hand them a fruit pouch. GoGoSqueeze applesauce pouches are vegan and gluten-free. If you want to grab one for yourself, too, we won’t tell!
Bonus: throw fruit pouches in the freezer the night before to amp up the refreshment factor when the poolside snack attack hits.
Your kids can’t spend every moment of the day in the water. Pack a game that is easy to play, easy to share, and fun for all ages. This paddle catch set will be a summer favorite for everyone in your family. The set comes with two paddles (adjustable to fit kid-sized to adult-sized hands) and a tennis ball.
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Your trip to the pool is all the more relaxing when you know that you won’t have to deal with mess or mildew in your bag when you get home. Toss all your wet swimsuits into this stylish bag efore you head home.
The mesh lining helps speed up the drying process and you won’t lose any more wet clothing at the bottom of your bag. It’s compact enough to throw in your pool bag, or stylish enough to carry over your shoulder. Bonus: It’s not just for kid clothes: this wet bag can fit up to 5 adult swimsuits.
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Liz lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and daughter and has a master’s degree from Fordham University. Her writing has appeared in business magazines and a variety of parenting and business blogs.