“ Inexpensive, easy to inflate and deflate, and most importantly gives children hours of fun in the garden! „
My daughter absolutely loves water. She has been having swimming lessons since she was 5 months old and now at 9 months is quite confident in the water and loves to splash and play. When we recently went to the birthday party of a friends little girl, they had laid out lots of toys and paddling pools for the little ones to play in/with.
They had two of the Chad Valley Sunshine Baby Pools set up, and as you can imagine my water baby wanted to go straight into the paddling pool and stayed there for the entire duration of the party! When we got home I could not resist buying one for Tilly-Mae too. We brought ours from Amazon for £27.99.
This paddling pool is so well thought out and cleverly designed to be both eye catching and very practical.
I love that it has a shade to keep the sun off baby, whilst they play. This is designed to look like a rainbow in bright colours and the pool itself is bright blue. It really is a lovely designed and is very well made and durable.
As well as being used as a paddling pool you can also fill it with sand although we have not tried that yet, I am not sure my little mermaid would be very impressed! Although this is a very useful feature that I am sure would appeal to lots of little ones.
Interestingly though whilst this is described as a baby paddling pool the suggestion age range on Amazon is 2 and over with a maximum weight of 25kg. My little girl is 9 months old and absolutely loves to play in hers and is always very closely supervised at all times. She only has a small amount of water (although this is more about mummy not getting TOO wet!). It does not take long for me to fill it for her maybe a couple of minutes, but we only put a few inches in. If you wanted to fill it I imagine you could do some in 5 or 6 minutes it certainly would not take long.
The suggested age of 2 and over for this pool surprises me due to its size. It is 86cm by 118cm and is the perfect size for my 9 month old little girl to play in by herself. She has enough room to move about a bit but not tons of space and an older child would have much less and I really do feel the size is much more suitable for a younger age range obviously with very close supervision.
This size also means that only one baby (even at my daughters young age) can play at any one time. There really would not be room for a second child to play comfortable and if you have more than one child I would suggest this may not be the paddling pool for you especially if they want to play together.
For us the size is a real advantage as it is small enough that we can set it up pretty much anywhere and we tend to dry it and store it inflated in our spare room when not in use. Especially as during the current hot spell it has been incredible well used. That said it is very easy to inflate and does not take very long.
I highly recommend this padding pool for babies it is a lovely design and very well made. However I would suggest if you have more than one child this may not be for you as only one could comfortably get in at a time.
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With the lovely weather returning I pulled all the summer toys out from the shed and among them I found this paddling pool. We originally brought this for our daughter when she was a baby and we are now using it again for our son who is 15 months old now.
The pool once inflated has the ground area which is simply a normal paddling pools with raised sides to keep water/ balls inside it. The thing that is makes this pool great for me is it has a small section on the top that acts as a roof and protects little ones from the sun. This is made in the shape of a rainbow with all different colours on it so as well as being a protection it is a great visuals for little ones and we like to sit and say the colours and count the different colours also.
It can easily fit 2 toddlers and my 3 get in it at a push although I do think for full freedom of moving around it is best as a single pool for just one child at a time as this gives the benefit of space and the water not tipping over the sides. My oldest son loves it as much as my youngest son and they find many different uses for it.
The pool only takes a few minutes to set up. It requires an electric pump and this is only needed for around 3 minutes before the pool is fully inflated and ready for fun. It does not deflate easily and we found it was after around 3 days of use it needed a small top up of air but really it is great for staying inflated. When I do take it down it only takes a few minutes to deflate and then can be folded in to a small square and packed away again taking very little room.
It costs £9.99 and we purchased ours from Argos. It is recommended from 2 years plus but to be honest my little boy was 9 months old when we started using it and as there is no small parts and as there is water and children they have constant supervision I do not see any reason why it is not suitable from a young age.
The pool is fantastic it can be used in doors and out with water or with play balls there is so much fun is the small little pool. I would recommend this to anyone it is not bank breaking but really well made and so far has lasted 2 years.
This is an ideal first paddling pool for young children not least because it comes with an inflatable shade that helps protect your child from sun burn while they play in the pool. It is also very reasonably priced at £9.99 which is a real bargain and given that after a few years your child will have grown out of it then this is a reasonable price to pay in my opinion. It was easy enough to inflate with a small pump however be aware that one is not provided you will either need to buy one seperately if you do not already have one or rely on good old lung power. Anyway it inflates in two sections, the hood and the base of the paddling pool.
It is a nice brightly coloured pool with a dark blue bottom and a rainbow coloured hood with a smiling sun at the top. It will hold about 150 litres of water and fills easily with the use of a garden hose. It has a two ring depth so it is not a very deep paddling pool but certainly fine for young children. The pool is certainly big enough for a toddler and you can vary the amount of water in it to suit their age.
It is well made however it is for the younger child and I'm not sure how much it would be able to cope with more rambunctious play, for my little one she is quite happy to splash about in it and play with the various toys that we throw into the pool with her. It is recommended for children over the age of two however mine is younger than that however it is perfectly safe provided that she is supervised at all times.
I like the fact that it provides some shade from the sun's rays which is something I have not seen in other paddling pools and it is very reasonably priced as well. It is easy to clean and deflate and can be stored easily enough when not in use. Certainly it is a good paddling pool and I expect it to last a couple of years or more given that with the weather we get it will not get a great deal of use. It does come with a small repair kit as well.
When my daughter was younger, 18 months to be precise, we bought her this little Chad valley paddling pool so that she could have some water fun in the back garden in the summer. Now a days we use a bigger pool that we bought in replace of this one but since our pump broke several days ago and I didn't fancy bringing about a heart attack by blowing our other one manually, I opted to get this Chad valley one out again as the weather was to hot not too.
The Chad valley paddling pool is great value for money costing only £9.99 from Argos. It is suggested for ages 2+ but I don't see a problem in using it below that age as it all depends on how much water you put in it. It does not need to be filled completely and the reason I was attracted to this pool more so than others is that there is partial hood type shade which is perfect for babies and younger children, I didn't see many other pools that were baby recommended that had shelter so that is why I chose this one. Obviously then I filled the pool up accordingly, adding only a very little amount of water.
The pool is approximately 100cm by 100cm and has a capacity of 150 litres. When we used it recently we filled it up more to this mark and this was plenty of water for my 3 ½ year old and she was able to have plenty of play in it. The pool is made out of a very durable pvc and it does also come with a repair patch although we have never had to use this.
The pool is decorated in an array of colours which makes it more attractive and summery, my daughter loved telling me all of the colours that were on it whilst shooting her water pistol at them! I really didn't think that she would enjoy using this pool as much as the other one we have but I really think that she enjoyed it more. Although the roof is ideal for shading babies and children, it also provided my daughter with a little den and I think this aspect of it made it all the more fun for her whilst I was safe with the knowledge that she wasn't getting burnt by the sun.
The paddling pool is very easy to assemble, it takes no more than 5 minutes to blow it up manually, there are three separate sections, the two rings and then the shade/roof. Each section has a mouth peace, like those you get on arm bands and such things, this makes blowing it up even easer as you are not constantly loosing the air you have put in it when you retract to take a breath.
As the water capacity is not entirely overwhelming it only takes a short amount of time to get the paddling pool up and ready to have some fun. Putting the pool down is also just as easy. It is easy to move whilst the water is in it and we were able to get it over to the patio area to empty it out so that we didn't kill the grass. There is also a little plug at the bottom so there is no need to be lifting it up or scooping water contents out for a good part of the afternoon.
As for enjoyability, well my daughter absolutely loves it. She enjoyed it when she was younger and she still enjoys it now. I wouldn't think that it would be big enough to have more than one child playing in it however so I think we would still have to get our other, larger pool out if we have little friends coming to play, but for a nice afternoon playing in the sunshine this pool is perfect, I would highly recommend it.
This paddling pool was my daughter's first ever paddling pool. She received it as a gift for her 1st birthday and it was probably, in her view, the best birthday present ever. Since then she has gone through 2 or 3 more as she is now nearly 5 but this pool has always stood out in my memory.
The ppol is made by Chad Valley and can be picked up in Argos. At the time ours was purchased, I think it cost around £7.99 so it may be a little more expensive now. It came simply packaged in a box with a picture of the pool on the outside.
The pool itself was folded up inside the box and came with instructions and a little puncture repair kit. It was really easy to put up, simply a case of blowing up the individual rings and the canopy part and it was up and ready to be filled with water or sand. I really liked the fact that you could use this pool for either water or sand as it meant my little girl could still get some use out of it even on cooler days. You can even use it as a ball pit and have it indoors on those rainy days which we will no doubt get when the summer comes.
The pool is brightly coloured. It has a blue round bottom which is the pool itself and then the canopy is rainbow coloured in red, yellow, blue, green and purple with a cool sun attached. It is really summery and my daughter just loved it. I can remember her squealing with delight when she saw it!
One thing which I think is brilliant about this pool is the canopy. As most parents know, it is a huge worry about babies being in the boiling sun and submerged in water. This was clearly something which was thought about when this pool was put into production as the canopy covers your child perfectly when they are sitting in the pool, keeping them in the shade and cool.
It didn't take long at all to fill the pool. About 5 minutes and it was ready and at a suitable level for our little girl to sit in and play safely (though obviously continuously supervised).
It is really tough and made from good quality PVC. We still have this paddling pool in the shed (even though she is much too big for it) and it is still perfect with no signs of wear and tear.
When my daughter was given it, she had just turned one whereas the box said that it was suitable for two years and up. I think this is down to a parent's judgement and how far developed their child is. Our daughter was fine to use it at a year old and she had outgrown it by the end of the summer following her second birthday. I really don't think this pool is suitable for a child over two.
The pool was a fantastic buy and perfect for a young child. I cannot recommend it more.
When the nice weather finally came (well and has now gone again!) I thought I would buy my daughter a little paddling pool to enjoy in the back yard....oh how I wish I had a garden!! In a leaflet from Argos that came in the paper I noticed a Chad Valley paddling pool for just £9.99 which I didn't think was a bad price. After a quick shopping trip, I arrived home with the pool and went straight outside and started to inflate. It blows up in two parts, the base which the child sits in, and the inflatable shade. This wasn't too hard and between us my mum and myself managed it within around ten minutes or so, however this would have been much easier and faster with a pump!
The paddling pool itself is made from a very durable pvc plastic and is very lightweight. It is brightly coloured, with a lovely shade of blue base and then a rainbow coloured hood (red, yellow, green and purple) with a bright yellow sunshine (who has a smiley face and is wearing some funky shades!) I was impressed to see that the pool comes with a repair kit, which is a patch to repair a puncture or other fault. Filling the pool didn't take long at all, and it holds quite a good amount of water but I didn't fill it too much in case my daughter wasn't going to like it. (In total it can hold approximately 150 litres of water)
I didn't fill the pool up too much, just enough for my little girl to sit in and have enough to play in as it was her first time in one and I didn't want her to be scared if the water was a little deep for her. I filled it up with buckets and would say that I used about eight buckets maybe and that was a sufficient amount of water although I am sure in future she will prefer more in there. Once in the pool we got water guns and toys out to play with and it was great seeing my daughter having such a fun time!
After a really fun afternoon in the paddling pool - which was my daughters first ever experience of water that wasn't a bath!! - I deflated it which took longer than actually blowing it up but again it wasn't such a long time. Since bringing it back inside, I have now used the pool as a ball pool as it doubles up fantastically well for this use. My daughter adores the ball pool so much that I think I may have to buy another for outside use if and when we ever get nice weather again!!!
The paddling pool is recommended for children aged two years + although with supervision there is no reason a younger child cannot enjoy this. I really love the rainbow shade on this, it not only looks great, its a fantastic sun shade for your child and I found that it protected my daughter really well from the sun.
At £9.99 I think this was just an absolute bargain and I really can't recommend it enough. It is great fun either as a paddling pool or ball pool. My daughter just loves it, and I can see it being very popular for some time yet to come!
Five out of five stars for sure!
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I bought my grandson lots of outdoor presents last Christmas as I always think that they come in handy the for the following year as they usually have lots of presents they can play with over the holiday and into the winter months and I thought he would benefit from this one as he would be then walking etc and be able to enjoy it in my garden for when he comes to visit or stay in the summer.
It only cost me £9.99 from Argos and it is a durable pvc plastic and it is brightly coloured and it has a nice little hood to cover half of the pool so it can shade the child from the sun and it is very hard to inflate and so a pump is best used for inflating it and my hubby has a pump and it inflated in approximately 5 minutes and it is just as easy to deflate too.
It comes with a repair patch, and although I have not needed it so far it is there if I do for some reason lol, it is a good size of approximately 100cm by 100cm and it can be used as a paddling pool or a ball pond and I have used it as both for my grandson and the plastic balls fit inside it perfectly and it is a change for him to play with too and keeps him amused for hours, especially if there are other children around too to enjoy it with as there often are at my home as I have lots of parties and BBQs.
It is designed for ages 2 plus and although my grandson is only 19 months old now, he can easily climb into it and always with supervision it is idea for a younger child too as I do not fill it to the capacity it can take which is 150 litres.
For the price this pool is an amazingly good value for money and a very good quality too and it is very durable indeed.
Once deflated I just pop it into my garage or shed and it takes hardly any space at all and is then ready to use again and again.
I love the hood part as it shields my grandson from the sun in my garden as I have a south facing garden and it is very sunny most of the day and he can easily be burned without knowing even with sun protection and so the hood is a brilliant feature with this pool and for the cheap price it is amazing price in my opinion.
I highly recommend this one for anyone with a young child to use, especially for the hood feature as I do not think you would be disappointed at all and my grandson absolutely loves it.
It is from Chad Valley a very good brand of products.
I give it 5 stars.
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We haven't had many sunny days so far this year, but on one of the few we did have, we popped out to buy this bright and cheerful paddling pool for MissD. It cost us £10 from Argos.
The paddling pool is for ages 2+, has a diameter of 118cm and is 86cm high. It has a rainbow coloured sun shade which covers half the pool (and can switch to either side), and a small inflatable smiley sun that you can hook onto the shade (which has no function but looks cute).
Inflating the pool is, as you may expect, a bit of a chore, and a foot pump is an essential (we ended up going back to the shop to buy one). Using a foot pump, it took about 20-30 minutes between MrD and I - a pain but good exercise I suppose! The Argos website claims it takes six minutes to inflate, but maybe that's with an electric pump. The rainbow shade has to be inflated separately (again the pump is needed for this) as does the sun, although this can be done manually.
Filling the pool is another fun job - we used our hose from the garden tap, and then topped it up with hot water from the kitchen so it wasn't too cold. This again takes quite a while!
Once the pool is fully inflated and filled with water, it does look nice and summery. The shade is really colourful and once your child is in the pool it does offer a welcome bit of shade.
The size of the pool is also good and there was plenty of room for MissD and a selection of her bath toys.
When it comes to draining the pool, there is a small plug at the base, but it is a bit awkward and if you want it emptied quickly it's best to tip it over, if you don't mind a part of your garden being drenched!
Thanks to our hit-and-miss (mainly miss) summer so far, we've only had the pool out twice with mixed responses from MissD - once she loved it and once she was indifferent. It's a bit of a pain to inflate and fill if your child decides they're not interested!
But for the price, I have no real complaints, and inflating and filling is of course all part of the fun! Overall, this is a nice looking pool for young ones.