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Best Non-toxic Kiddie Pools 2020- Top 4 Outdoor Pools for Kids

Summer’s the perfect time to have fun, make memories and enjoy some water fun with your little ones. But you don’t want to expose your children to harmful toxins like BPA, as these are found in some plastic pools. So we’ve done the research for you on how to choose the right non-toxic kiddie pool and which materials you should avoid.

One of the biggest toxins to look out for is PVC, often simply called ‘Vinyl’ on labels. PVC is a known toxin which can expose your children to phthalates which have endocrine-disrupting properties, as well as lead and other carcinogenic contaminants. It’s enough to make you want to keep your kids inside all summer, but wait – there are some great non-toxic kiddie pools out there.

Here’s our guide to the best pools for your family so that you can have fun splashing around without worrying about the effects on your little ones’ health. Here’s a shortlist of the Top Four Non-toxic Kiddie Pools out there:

Reviews of Top 4 Non-toxic Kiddie Pools

1. Giant Inflatable Sea Animal Kiddie Play Pool

Not only does this pool look really fun and it just invites you to jump in, but it’s also completely phthalate free. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your kids can have loads of safe water play in this pool. And with so many extra features like an octopus sprayer, an inflatable slide, play balls and a ring-throw target practice game, they’ll never get bored. It’s big enough for a few children to play together but just the right height for toddlers to play without being too deep.

What I love about it:

  • Space for the whole family at 10ft long
  • Phthalate free
  • Lots of extras like play balls, toss rings and 3pcs Starfish
  • Inflatable slide and octopus sprayer for even more fun
  • 117”L x 65”W x 21.5”H


2. EverEarth Waterproof Beach Blanket & Kiddie Pool

Now, this pool really is ingenious, doubling up as both a picnic blanket and a portable kiddie paddling pool. Just flip it over and fill it with the portable bucket included. But most importantly for your child’s health, this pool is made from TPU which is both phthalate- and BPA-free. It’s also environmentally friendly and durable. So you can pass it on or recycle it when you no longer need it. However, this pool’s probably best for the beach, as you need to dig out a shallow hole underneath the mat for the water to stay in the pool.

What I love about it:

  • Multipurpose – use it as a beach mat or a kiddie pool!
  • PVC and BPA free
  • Durable and eco-friendly
  • Includes bucket for sand or water play
  • Folds up small into its own portable bag


3. Intex Mini Frame Pool

If you’re looking for a kiddie pool, this is a great choice because you avoid inflatable plastic, which releases endocrine-disrupting phthalates and toxic gases when exposed to heat. However, do keep in mind that this pool is not a non-toxic option, but has been included as it uses a much better grade of PVC than many other options, and so it’s toxicity decreases significantly. The reason for this pool being added to this list is because I couldn’t find a truly non-toxic alternative with this convenient design, but want to inform those parents who might like this simple convenient design, of a better grade option than some traditional nasties.

This pool is big enough for a couple of toddlers to play together or a parent and child. It is easily set up and packed away with a drain release for convenience. It’s a good option if you want to take it round to the grandparents for the day or away on vacation with you as it packs up small and is really portable.

What I love about it:

  • Better grade of plastic (not your regular inflatable pool)
  • Foam covered horizontal bars for comfort and safety
  • 48″ x 48″ x 12″ Size

Things to Keep in Mind:

  • Contains PVC, even though it might be a better grade
  • Not truly non-toxic


4. Little Tikes Step2 Play and Shade Pool

This cute kiddie pool and sandbox combo will look great in your garden and bring hours of sensory play and water fun for your children. Hard plastic is a much better choice than soft inflatable pools and this one made from Hard Density Polyethylene (HDPE – resin code #2) is a brilliant choice for a non-toxic kiddie pool. It’s easy to put together and the pool is just the right depth for splashing! The umbrella’s a handy addition, providing shade and ensuring you stay protected from the sun all day.

What I love about it:

  • Non-leaching HDPE plastic
  • For sand and water fun
  • Pool doubles up as sandbox
  • Umbrella for bonus sun protection
  • Cute appealing design


Pool Accessories

Click N’ Play Pack of 200 Phthalate Free BPA Free Crush Proof Plastic Balls

So now you’ve got the pool, you need some toys to play with in it! Or if the weather isn’t great for swimming, just fill it with balls and let them jump right in. The problem is that most toys are also made from soft PVC plastic and carry the same risks. But this set of 200 BPA-free, phthalate free balls is a fantastic option and will provide your kids with limitless fun. They’ll brighten up your kiddie pool and invite your children to play, and they’re sturdy enough to stand up to stomping, throwing and even chewing(!) Alternatively, if you have a large pool, you could also get a value pack of 1000 balls.

What I love about it:

  • Great non-toxic pool toy
  • 6 bright colours
  • Crush-proof for years of play
  • Contain no BPA or phthalates


Conclusion

By being mindful in your purchases and avoiding the nastier plastics, you’ll protect your children from cancer as well as reproductive and endocrine problems. These toxins have even been shown to lower IQ! So remember to check out the resin labels.

Aim for pools that have the #2, #4 or #5 labels (HDPE, LDPE and PP respectively). These are the safer plastics. Avoid PVC and anything that isn’t BPA-free – these chemicals can leach into your child’s sensitive skin.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some water play to cool down and splash around with your little ones. Grab one of these fun, safe kiddie pools and you’ll be all set to relax and make some fantastic memories this summer with your children – ones that will live on for years with no unwanted consequences for your family’s health!

If you’re looking for other great non-toxic and safe baby products, make sure to check out our reviews of some of the best strollers and car seats. Or head over to out non-toxic toys section to find safe and engaging natural toys for your little one from rockers to play mats to much more.

Shobita Ravichandran

Shobita created Parenthood Guide in 2015 after she found out the hard way about toxins in many safe looking baby products. She's an architect, researcher, writer and mum of two strong-willed little humans. Ever since she found out she was pregnant, she has been extensively researching natural, safe, organic and non-toxic products for her children. Now she wants to take you along on this non-toxic journey and share her findings of the best and safest baby products out there.

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  • Hi Shobita,

    i read about PVC and they said its very harmful for children. Why did you say Intex kid pool non-toxic? Just want to know what you think/research?

    • Hi Quinn Ng,
      Yes PVC is definitely not a friend, and of all the options, I could find only one truly non-toxic pool, which is the EverEarth E Lite Waterproof Beach Blanket & Kiddie Pool, whose materials are toxin free.

      The others are mostly options with much better quality plastic, and not cheap inflatable plastic, so they are much less harmful, but not completely non-toxic. Unfortunately, due to the lack of choice in the market currently, I have currently included these slightly better options, to give readers a better idea.

      The intex pool as you have correctly noted uses PVC, but I’d done some research into the type of PVC used in it from the company website etc, and found that they use a much better grade PVC than many of the other kiddie pools. And this lowers its toxicity significantly. It is however not accurate to mention that it is non toxic and I have edited this part in the article now.

      Hope this helps and hope you find one in the list that suits your needs. If you do know of any other truly non-toxic pool option, do let me know, and I can look into it as it will benefit other readers as well.

  • I don't think these are non-toxic options. The giant inflatable sea animal pool is made out of PVC, which will likely still leach BPA. The Intex pool is also made of PVC and nowhere in the description online does this say it is BPA, lead and/or phthalate free. Additionally, it has the Prop 65 warning on it which means it either contains chemicals known to be carcinogenic or that they haven't tested it at all to see if it contains these chemicals. I'm trying to find the manufacturer's website to contact them to confirm but am having trouble. That said, these do not seem to be truly non-toxic options.

    • Hey,
      Thanks for your comment. You're right about the Intex pool. I have included the disclaimer in the description, "However, do keep in mind that this pool is not a non-toxic option, but has been included as it uses a much better grade of PVC than many other options, and so it’s toxicity decreases" significantly.
      I have added it on this list as it is better grade plastic than most of its competitors, and I included it for those who wanted this size or design, as I wasn't able to find any better alternative unfortunately.

      As for the Giant inflatable, I wasn't able to find out whether it was BPA free, but the pool is definitely Pthalate free, and hence made it into the shortlist.

      As we're talking about inflatable kiddie pools, the term itself lends to inflatable plastic, which is slightly toxic almost by definition. So the challenge here was to find less harmful ones The truly non-toxic pool I could find was the 'EverEarth E Lite Waterproof Beach Blanket & Kiddie Pool' which had a clear description of the non-toxicity of its materials. Hoping more and more manufactures become aware of the importance of avoiding toxic chemicals, and will hope to update this article as soon as this happens with all truly non-toxic options.

      Just trying to do my best. Hope this helps.

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