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To think park rules are there to be selectively ignored

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SomeGuy Mon 22-Jun-09 18:54:44

We happened upon a paddling pool today in the park. Quite a few children in it. Sign by the side (among other things) said 'No nappies. Children must wear a purpose-built swimming costume'

We hadn't brought one, so sent DD, who is 23 months, in in the nude. Park keeper comes along tells off a labrador owner for not having their dog on a lead and then says to us "Can you put something on him. [pause] Oh it's a her.

Sorry it's a sign of the times, can't have nude babies these days you know."

So we dragged her out and took her to the playground, which said "for children aged 4 to 14". At least we didn't get kicked out of there.

wrongsideof40 Mon 22-Jun-09 19:53:16

YANBU to think park rules can selectively ignored - for example - NO Ball Games - I would not apply this to a 2 yr old but would not expect 12 year olds to play football , thinks ..... what about 8 year olds ? gets tricky doesn't it?

re naked babies - personally I love to see wee ones running about in the buff - however - I think the point about the proper swimmies is to stop them poo-ing or wee-ing in the pool !!

Anyway - congrdats on having a parkie - thought they were extinct !

SomeGuy Mon 22-Jun-09 20:58:25

a swimsuit wouldn't stop them peeing in the pool. I was more put out at the 'you have to cover your child up because of the paedos' comment than anything else.

I've seen parkies quite often. They used to come to close the park at 6pm where I used to live.

MissSunny Mon 22-Jun-09 23:59:37

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katiestar Thu 25-Jun-09 14:29:02

BIT OT but presumably water circulates into a nappy or 'purpose built swimming costume ' and distributes poo germs all over the pool anyway.i really don't think its any more hygienic than being naked.In fact worse because at least if some kid has pooed in the water you know about it. If its hidden inside a nappy then you don't.

weegiemum Thu 25-Jun-09 14:31:17

The pool stays in a nappy as well - it absorbs it!

katiestar Thu 25-Jun-09 14:34:23

How can anything that's wet through absorb any more.

TheChilliMoose Thu 25-Jun-09 14:46:58

How lovely for you to have a paddling pool in your park. I wish we had one near to us. Now that you know it is there in future you can take a swim nappy with you.
If I was another parent there at the time, I would more concerned about the safety aspect than a bit of wee or poo (you know, perverts and all that).

bumptwitknocker Thu 25-Jun-09 14:47:33

We got round the 'no ball games' sign on a huge piece of grass that no-one uses and is obviously meant to be used to have ball games played on it, with frisbee.

TheChilliMoose Thu 25-Jun-09 14:51:33

I like your style, bumptwitknocker.

SomeGuy Thu 25-Jun-09 14:54:23

I've seen places that specify 'frisbee and other flying objects' on the no ball games prohibition (you can get those rocket shaped things for throwing as well)

SomeGuy Thu 25-Jun-09 19:01:44

Went back to the paddling pool, DD sitting on the back of my bike, while DS went rock climbing. DW eventually arrived, David Cameron-style, to drive her and my luggage home while I cycled back, unencumbered.

The pool had about 100 children in, none naked, although a few in swimming nappies, no parky around to tell them off. Not sure that pooing in the pool would have made it any dirtier than it already was, the water was pretty grim with all the children, one girl was dipping her ice lolly in the water and a few children swimming along the bottom, which was pretty moldy. They seemed to enjoy it though.

Morloth Thu 25-Jun-09 19:11:50

Slightly OTT but the sight of babies/toddlers waddling around with soaked (non-swimming) nappies always cracks me up.

I am obsessed with sun safety so wouldn't do the nude thing anyway, but it is a bit jobsworth to actually enforce a rule like that I think.

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