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We're trying to decide on a birth pool (don't need til Feb - planning ahead), and we probably don't want to spend the $$ on renting an AquaDoula - so we were thinking of purchasing eco BPIAB or La Bassine. However, I'm really put off by the off-gassy plastic smell of most inflatables. <b>So you mamas who've used BPIAB or La Bassine</b>- how bad was the smell? Did you have to off-gas it for a while beforehand? How long?<br><br>
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I think that the liners of the BPIAB smell pretty bad, but the pool itself didn't really smell after a couple hours of airing out. You wouldn't have to use the liner.
 

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I took the pool (LB) out and blew it up about a week before (he came early). I don't remember it smelling when I tested it a few hours later. Definitely not an issue a week later when I gave birth. I didn't use a liner.
 

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you might want to contact Barbara Harper at Waterbirth International - It is my knowledge that the BPIAB pools are specifically designed with personal health and ecological impacts in mind. I think that there is little to no off-gassing from the BPIAB.<br><br>
I'm not sure about the LaBassine.<br><br>
It would also be good to know about the BPIAB liners.
 

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You should definitely inflate your pool (of whatever kind) a few weeks beforehand to let it off-gas and release any scents. But, also it should be inflated so it's ready to go.
 

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I opened the LB after I got it a few months ago and blew it up right away to check for leaks and to let it off gas. I left it up for a few days. I just got it out yesterday and blew it up as I hope to be using it within the next few days. It's fine now, no more odor. Oh, and I did store it out of it's bag and box in a closet after I first set it up.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I took the pool (LB) out and blew it up about a week before (he came early). I don't remember it smelling when I tested it a few hours later. Definitely not an issue a week later when I gave birth. I didn't use a liner.</div>
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We just blew up our LB last week. Now let me say that I am extremely chemically sensitive, and I have a supersonic pregnant nose. Any and all scents feel awful in my sinuses.<br><br>
The LB smells very plasticky to me. It's been up for about a week now, and I'm running an air purifier in the room. We got in it a couple of nights ago, and the smell bothered me. But I still hope that the smell will go away in time.<br><br>
With my first labor, I became sick with any scent at all, and I'm a bit worried about how it's all going to go this time. My birth ball also smells horrid to me, and we've had it for at least 2 months.
 

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A friend of mine used the BPIAB and says that it and the liner definitely smelled straight out of the box and needed to be aired out for a few days.
 

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Just set ours up yesterday with no liner, and didn't notice a smell at all. FWIW.
 
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