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Weird question- Are the vinyl "fishy pools" really "stinky"?<br>
You know that "new vinyl" shower curtain smell?<br><br>
I imagine they are to some degree...just wanted to know if its REALLY bad. I have some mild chemical sensitivity, but my Doula has it really bad, and can't be around anything like that.<br><br>
My midwife can't get me the birth pool like we thought and I'm three weeks from my due date. I'm wondering if we would have time to let it air out??
 

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I was wondering the same thing earlier today.
 

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They are less stinky than a cheap new shower liner. I'd still air it out in advance though, and expect it to give off a smell when the hot water hits it. There are some non-offgassing liners you can buy (they are made for other types of tubs but you could make any large liner work) that really do eliminate the smell almost 100% if it is going to bother you.
 

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Ours smelled a bit the first day, but we blew it up and then let it sit out and no smell at all now... unless you actually smell the pool itself that is.
 

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Thanks for the info ladies!<br><br>
I'm still debating on what to get. I talked with the lady at "Birthwithlove.com"<br><br><a href="http://www.birthwithlove.com/waterbirth/pools_and_tubs.asp" target="_blank">http://www.birthwithlove.com/waterbi...s_and_tubs.asp</a><br><br>
and asked if the cheaper ones seemed to have a strong odor, and she says they don't. But if it may still be an issue she said the "Eco" and the La Bassine pools are made out of a chemical that doesn't off-gas. They are a lot more expensive of course. I'm not sure we can afford those!<br><br>
I thought I would share what I found out, hopefully it will help someong else too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I got a kiddie pool and it did smell like plastic when we first blew it up for a test-run. We've left it inflated in the guest room and I open the windows in there every day for a little while and the smell went away after a couple of days.
 

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I have the fishy pool and it smelled for the first few days. But we've had it blown up in the extra bedroom for a while now (weeks) and it doesn't smell to me at all. Maybe unless you put your nose up to it.
 

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After you let them air out then they don't. I was biting the side of mine while in labor with DS and didn't notice a chemical smell. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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Just blew mine up ahead of time this monring, and I don't think it has an extremely strong smell. It will be stored in a well-ventilated storage room until I need it, so I think the smell that is there will fade quickly.
 

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If you have older children, let them swim/play in it for a few days. Children are so smelly that they'll get rid of that vinyl stink real quick! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you have older children, let them swim/play in it for a few days. Children are so smelly that they'll get rid of that vinyl stink real quick! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"> thats hilarious!!
 

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Thanks for everyone's input. I lucked out and found a tub to barrow! It's actually a "stock tank". Another MW has it, and a friend birthed her last babe in it and loved it.<br>
So no cost, and no waiting on the mail! This babe seems like he may be here any day (now watch, I'll go over my due date!) So, besides the "smell" issue, I was really worried that if I order something the baby would beat it here!<br><br>
Good luck to everyone getting ready to use their Fishy pools!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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The 'smell' is pthalates and other toxins off-gassing (same smell as with anything vinyl - shower curtain liners, blow-up pools, some toys, etc...).<br><br>
I wouldn't use it for a birth, I'd go with a non-pvc option instead.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The 'smell' is pthalates and other toxins off-gassing (same smell as with anything vinyl - shower curtain liners, blow-up pools, some toys, etc...).<br><br>
I wouldn't use it for a birth, I'd go with a non-pvc option instead.</div>
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ya, I know. I guess the La BAssine and Eco pools dont contain <b>pthalates</b>, but I believe they ARE still PVC. That's another reason I'm happy to go with the "stock tank".
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I got a kiddie pool and it did smell like plastic when we first blew it up for a test-run. We've left it inflated in the guest room and I open the windows in there every day for a little while and the smell went away after a couple of days.</div>
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me too.
 
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