I snapped up a bargain paddling pool for my toddler from B&M… it was only when it arrived I realised my awkward mistake | The Sun

I snapped up a bargain paddling pool for my toddler from B&M… it was only when it arrived I realised my awkward mistake | The Sun

June 24, 2022

A MUM was left red-faced after buying a paddling pool for her toddler – only to realise her mistake when she opened it at home.

Louise Smart, from Basingstoke, popped into her local B&M store and spotted the Staycation Paddling Pool With Slide on sale for £15 – and snapped it up for her two daughters.

With the weather heating up the mum-of-two decided it would be the perfect treat for her daughters, Isla Smart, four, and 10-year-old Amelia Smart.

However, her jaw dropped when she brought the pool home, took it out of the packaging, and realised it was doll-sized and her daughters couldn't fit in it.

The tanning studio manager said: "I came home and I said to Isla that Mummy had bought her a new paddling pool, she was really excited.

"Then when we got it out and we blew it up she just looked at me and said 'it's a bit small Mum'."


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A hilarious photo shows a clearly-tickled Isla sitting in the pool with her head resting on the slide and her legs hanging out over the side.

Despite being disappointed and embarrassed about her paddling pool blunder, the 33-year-old said although Isla did comment 'it's a bit small' she's thrilled with it and now plays hook-a-duck in it.

"I knew it wasn't going to be massive for £15 but I wasn't expecting what came out – it was so small," she recalled.

Louise even considered picking up an £8 paddling pool but settled for the £15 offering as it had a slide.

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It was only when she'd unfolded it and blown it up at home that Louise noticed the dimensions on the box that stated it measured 114cm x 86cm x 36cm.

Looking back, Lousie admits the box was quite small and vowed to double-check the dimensions before picking up another bargain.

Lousie said: "My advice would be to Google the dimensions, that's what I probably should have done in hindsight.

"I will definitely be getting a bigger paddling pool."

Louise shared her paddling pool blunder online, where it went viral racking up more than 4,500 likes, shares and comments.

One person wrote: "OMG, the size of the slide!! It makes a very comfy looking seat though!"

Another commented: "I did the same lol x glad I’m not the only one."

One wrote: "We’ve all done it."

A B&M spokesman said: "Our paddling pools are always a hit with the little ones throughout the summer months, and we love seeing kids enjoying splashing around in them.

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"We additionally enjoyed Isla’s full re-enactment of Roald Dahl’s The BFG sliding in her staycation splash pool.

"Her performance gets a standing ovation from us for the accuracy and execution of the plot."

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