Whats a good outside temp to let your kids use the pool?

@4cuteboys (4102)
United States
May 29, 2007 3:44pm CST
So the other day I saw three kids in a kiddie pool, it was like 70 and breezy out. They put water right from the hose and the kids jumped right in (the water from the hose is FREEZING!!). And they were squirting each other with the hoses too. Today its not even 80 and my kids want to play in the pool but I told them I think its too cold and they of course disagree with me. But I think the water should sit out and have a chance to warm up some and 76 isn't really that warm to me to be in a pool. What do you think? What temp would you let your kids into a kiddie pool outside?
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• United States
30 May 07
i'm really not sure? i just know when we were younger my mom would go fill up the pool in the morning and place it in the sunshine, and we couldn't go play until it was nice and warm, (and it didn't take too long, it was a shallow pool). but i would hate for my son to catch a chill, and the hose IS freezing! i would just do that, go fill it up when YOU first wake up and tell them they can go play until maybe right before lunch or 10:00ish?, get their appetites nice and hungry, then they can come eat, sit out for a bit to warm up, and maybe refil the pool a bit, so the water is a LITTLE bit cooler for the afternoon heat. we also used to just play in the sprinkler's when it was REALLY hot, then we wouldn't be sitting in the cold water, we'd just run thru it, and sit in the sun for a moment then run thru again! ah summer memories in the yard!!
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
30 May 07
yep, thats what my mom did too, she would let the pool sit in the sun! so today thats what i did! i just set it out about 1, and they will be home at 330, so it should be nice and warm. although i already see a bug, so i'll have to go fish it out, yuck!
• United States
30 May 07
yuck! that's true, bugs and leaves and grass!! lol!! gotta fish it ALL out!! oh they're gonna be excited when they get home! good job mama!!
• United States
30 May 07
As a kid my mom always said if it was 72 degrees I could go to the pool. I remember calling time and temp every 5 minutes so I knew right when I got run out the door lol. With my own kids I like to use a sprinkler instead, for some reason they seem to have more fun in it. When we do get the little pool out I try to wait until it is at least 80 degrees but if it is sticky I will let them go in at 75. I think it all depends on how cold your kids get and how fast. If it is really windy (Oklahoma is known for wind) it would really have to be a judgemnt call on your part, you know your kids best and if you have to be a "meanie" then so be it. Gotta keep kids from being sick :-)
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
30 May 07
lol, yes I am a meanie quite often apparently ;) Well today is nice and hot, so they are anxious to use the pool after school!
• United States
29 May 07
On the one hand, a kiddie pool doesn't take long to warm up, if kept in the sun. But a standing pool of water is bad (breeding ground for mosquitoes). I would sugges that it be at least 80 degrees outside. But, if it is between 75 and 80 and you feel up the kiddie pool, it's okay to let the kids in it--just keep an eye on them. If they start to shiver or their lips start getting blue, get them out of the water. Another alternative is to set up a sprinkler for the kids to jump through. It cools them off without creating a threat.
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
30 May 07
Yeah, the sprinkler is a good idea, I need to rummage thru our shed and find one.
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
29 May 07
We haven't let our son play in his pool yet. It's not been warm enough in my opinion. He did play in the sprinkler a little bit one day when it was around 80 degrees. But we don't plan on letting him play in the pool until it's at least 85-90 degrees, but he's only 16 months old. When he's older, I might let him play when it's about 80 degrees, but probably not colder than that.
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
29 May 07
Yeah I think those are good temp ranges. My older two are 7 and 5, they would probably be ok in 80-85 if it wasn't breezy. I'd like it to be 85 for the 2 year old though so he doesnt get chilly. :)
@mememama (3077)
• United States
29 May 07
If it's humid, I'd say 80ish but I let the water warm in the sun for a bit. I remember trying to go to the pool when it was during at thunderstorm when I was a kid-they don't think of these things lol.
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
29 May 07
LOL during a thunderstorm!! hahaha that's hilarious! I was funny like that too, I had no common sense, but that was part of being a kid I guess!
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
31 May 07
My daughter was swimming yesterday in the pool- I think it was high 70's- low 80's with a breeze-- the sun was hot- the pool was filled 2 days ago with a solar cover- it was still only up to 72 degrees- She had a blast! I would rather have a cooler pool- It is more refreshing- I don't want to jump into bath water- So she will be swimming again today- It's supposed to be mid 80's. and tomorrow close to 90. Heck last year at the beach it was high 70's and all the kids were in the water- The flippin Ocean was so COLD! But is was vacation-
• United States
30 May 07
I won't let my kids go into any pool in no 70ish weather. That is not pool weather to me, you still get sick. My kids are just starting to get in the pool because its been above 80 degrees. But back to the question in hand I wouldn't do it.
• United States
30 May 07
I won't let my kids go into any pool in no 70ish weather. That is not pool weather to me, you still get sick. My kids are just starting to get in the pool because its been above 80 degrees. But back to the question in hand I wouldn't do it.
@bam001 (941)
• United States
30 May 07
I don't have a set temperature...it depends on what the weather (outside of the temperature) is doing. I do think that 70 degrees (no matter what the weather) is way too cold. I will usually go out and swim in about 90 degree weather.
• United States
30 May 07
I think that 75 and sunny or hotter is a great temp to play in the pool, where i live we're never around 75 so its always perfect for swimming. Hope your kids don't get sick, its kinda cold at 70. I'd be freezing, lol right now i wish i was 95 is getting old really fast.
• United States
30 May 07
I would have to say anywhere between 75-80 degrees. You also have to think that the kids probably wont just sit in the pool so that it will warm up and they'll probably be running in and out of it while its up so they wont be in the constant cold! but I think 75 degrees is a normal temperature to let them play in the pool
• United States
29 May 07
I would say if its 80 outside and sunny they could go in the pool. When its really nice like that out we play in the hose! The kids have fun and keeps them cool. Set a time limit. Like no more swimming after 5pm.