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It is hard to find someplace to put a baby at a campsite. One set of hands can hold him, but then someone else has to set up camp by himself (this could be a good trade off). You can bring a containment device, these are cumbersome and ridiculous if you aren't car camping. The price of $39.95 also makes it a much more reasonable option.
A hammock is an option if you don't want to hike a few miles carrying a pack and play strapped to your pack. The Hammock Bliss ultralight hammock is perfect. It is tiny, light (13 ounces) and super easy to set up at camp (or in your yard). I just opened the bags and used some logic to get us swinging in seconds, maybe minutes, but not long at all. The parachute material is stretchy and sturdy, but does have a bit of static.
A strap goes around a tree - you can wrap it once or twice and pull the ropes through in one of two ways to fit most any tree. The hammock ties to these straps with a knot. I only know climbing knots and a figure eight worked quite well. You can have the hammock at waist height or even lower if you worry about a ground fall.
The weight limit allows you to bed many kiddos with its 350 pound weight limit. My boys enjoyed laying in the hammock together and it seemed to mold to them quite well. I was in it with them and loved rocking while holding both of them. The ultralight hammock is 55 inches wide x 95 inches long and had enough fabric for my son to wrap himself up cocoon style.
Here is some information from the company - All Hammock Bliss hammocks are machine washable and dryable. They may be washed along with your clothes and can be dried in the machine or on a line. Hammock Bliss is a family business primarily run by Dov Frazer with the help of Roslin Falk Frazer and our son Ben. We have been in business for over 20 years. We have designed all of our hammocks and accessories and are constantly seeking to upgrade and improve our hammocks to give you the most blissful experience possible. We pride ourselves in using the highest quality materials and offering excellent customer service.
This would be a wonderful place to lay a napping child at a campsite or along a hiking path. I am going to stick it in my hiking pack so I have a high and dry place to nurse my kiddo. I also plan on taking it in my dry bag for fishing. I will also take it on our upcoming car camping trip as I want to try out hanging it from the car as I saw on a website.
Hammocks can be used year round to keep you off of the snow, mud or provide shade from the sun. There are tenting and mosquito netting options on the company's website as well. Alaskans know that stopping to feed your little one can leave you with mosquito bites all over your belly. We also know that a hike leaving in sunny weather can have you stopping to rest in the snow. Just think of how nice it would be to have an off ground loft for a rest!
I have no complaints about this simply designed sleeping structure. I only wish there was a way to clip up the sides to make a sort of impenetrable fort that the child could not escape. I think that by changing the angle at which it hangs this could be accomplished. Nonetheless, my one and two year old happily rocked without being ejected during quite a wild ride.
I give the ultralight Hammock Bliss my Alaskan Mom Approval for its simple design that allows a resting (or feeding spot) for parents on the trail or at the campsite. It provides a lofty baby retreat that can lull a child to sleep so the parents can eat their campfire smores in peace!
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