Birth Pool Set-Up
Before labor, please check your faucet with the adapter provided in the pool kit. If it does not fit, please let us know as we have several types of adapters.
As soon as labor starts, turn your water heater all the way up. We understand that this is a little dangerous, but it is the only way to deal with a large pool and and average water heater. Please be careful! When you fill the pool, start with straight hot water. When the water begins to cool, switch to straight cold water and stir periodically until you have a good temperature. Do not let the water in the water heater get cold.
The following steps will guide you through pool set-up. We will be happy to set up the pool for you after we arrive if you wish. The pool is left at your house beforehand so that we avoid not having time to set up the pool for you. If you have any questions as you set up the pool, feel free to call. If you are setting up the pool, we should already be aware you are in labor!
1. Contents of Pool Kit
From left to right: pool, fill hose, pool liner, plastic floor covering, air pump and faucet adapter
2. Plastic floor covering.
Place the shower curtain on the floor. If you are setting the pool on a non-carpeted floor, place the padding (camping mats, quilts) down first with the plastic on top.
Unroll the pool on top of the plastic.
2. Pool set up
Use the air pump to fill both the bottom and the sides of the pool. Fill the pool quite firmly so that you can lean on the side without pushing the edges down more than 2 inches.
(If you are tall and want a slightly deeper pool, leave the bottom unfilled.)
Take the pool liner out of the plastic wrap and unfold it. If it does not appear to fit, find the final layer and open it all the way. Spread the plastic out across the bottom of the pool, over the edges and down the sides to the floor. It does not fit snugly. Adjust the liner so that it evenly covers the pool with minimal bunching. The edge should meet the floor on all sides.
4. Faucet adapter
Skip this step if you are using your washing machine hookup.
Remove the aerator on the faucet you will be using. These unscrew, but can be difficult due to hard water deposits. If you need to use pliers, place a wide rubber band between the pliers and the metal to prevent damaging the aerator.
There should generally only be one rubber ring in the adapter. If the adapter will not screw on, check inside the faucet for the rubber ring for the aerator.
If you have an adapter with a white plastic edge, it may need to be gently removed if you have an outside threading faucet.
Screw the adapter on only to fingertip tightness.
Skip this step if you are using your washing machine hook up.
5. Attach hose
Attach the hose to the faucet adapter or laundry hookup. Make sure to remove any kinks in the hose before turning on the water. Test the attachment by slowly turning on the water before turning it on full force.
6. Filling the pool
We generally recommend waiting to fill the pool until you are ready to use it. Place the hose in the pool with a good coil inside. You may prefer to have someone hold the end as you turn on the water.
Turn on straight hot water, checking periodically to detect cooling. Be careful. As soon as the water starts to cool, or when the level reaches the first ring, switch the faucet to straight cold. Stir the water with the hose until it is a more comfortable temperature. If you don't stir, the cold water will accumulate on the bottom rather than mixing.
Stop filling and remove the hose when the water is a comfortable bath temperature or it has reached the top of the second ring.
Coil the hose in the sink, or remove it and place it in the bath tub. If you are using your laundry hookups, place the end in the washing machine and close the lid.
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