When the inflatable pools go on clearance later this summer, they’re great to pick up for an extra play area for infants – especially those not walking yet. I purchased a large fire-truck inflatable pool when my oldest was an infant for about $5 and we used it as a play area inside & out until he was over a year old. The sides are soft, they’re easily transportable, and store in a small space when not in use. Also great to use as a travel bed!
[You can probably pick up baby pools at the dollar store. Also, I couldn't find a fire truck pool Melanie was talking about, but check out this pirate ship, complete with squirt gun! (It's a pool floatie, but could be used as a wading pool.) Too bad they don't make a grown-up version. — Ed.]