Pool Day Essentials – Everything You Need For A Fun Day At the Pool With Kids

The heat this summer has been unbearable and has already set multiple heat records. Our family has been doing some pool hopping to help beat the heat this summer. We are so grateful for friends and family who allow us to use their pools during these hot summer weekends! It’s not always easy to get a family of six ready for a swim day, but this list has made it a lot quicker.  

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We always apply sunscreen (at least 50 SPF for the kids) about 20 – 30 minutes prior to heading out for a swim day. It’s one less thing we have to worry about once we get where we are going. Depending on the sunscreen, we try to reapply after being in the water for 90 minutes. Protecting your skin from the sun is important year round, but especially so when you’re in the pool for hours. 

Swimsuit (& swim diapers)

Of course you need a cute swimsuit to hit the pool! In our family, the Easter Bunny usually brings new swimsuits for each kid. Target and H&M has some really cute and affordable bathing suits for everyone the in family. Also, if you have a baby who is still in diapers, don’t forget swim diapers. We have this reusable swim diaper. It’s so cute, no need for a cover!


Obviously, a no-brainer! We prefer larger beach towels. They offer plenty of snuggly room to wrap up in after swimming or to layout on to soak up some sun. They are large enough that I use mine as a nursing cover or as a canopy over the baby’s pack n play to offer some shade.


Swimming, especially in the summer heat, can create an appetite. My kids always seem SO hungry while swimming so we try to have some easy to eat snacks on hand (chips, goldfish, frozen go-gurt/applesauce pouches, etc.). Of course it is always important to hydrate so we bring plenty of water with us.


Our three older kids can swim on their own, but when they were smaller, we used the inflatable arm bands. For now, we use this spring float for the baby. Once he’s older, he will move on to a Puddle Jumper as he learns to swim. Remember to ALWAYS watch your children while swimming, no matter their level of swimming and regardless if they are using flotation devices! These are not a substitute for watchful eyes!

Our older three prefer to swim with goggles, so we always try to remember to bring them. At one of the grandparent’s house, we have Bling2o goggles. They are so much fun and were an Easter gift from their Kiki & Papa.

Change of Clothes

Finally, we always bring a change of clothes, diaper and wipes. With four kids, we can guarantee that at least one of them will get tired of swimming and want to relax with a book or take a nap. So we always bring extra clothes (and of course wipes & diapers for the baby).

Swim Lessons

If you are going to hang out at the pool all summer. One essential you need is swim lessons for the kids.


Our family been having a blast pool hopping and spending time swimming with friends and family this summer. I hope this list helps you prepare for your swim days!

What is an essential you always bring to the pool?


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Noele is native New Orleanian, whose husband somehow convinced her to move to Metairie, where they currently reside with their four children, Kaitlyn (13), Aidan (10), Abigail (7) & Wyatt (16 months), two dogs, and tortoise. She works full time as a Paralegal at a small, personal injury law firm. When she's not working or carpooling her kids around the city and trying to manage the family calendar, you can find her enjoying a glass of wine while cooking for friends and family. Greek Fest, Bayou Boogaloo, and the beach are her happy places. She is a self-proclaimed hot-mess mama who also enjoys reading, writing, and exploring the GNO area.

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