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  • pure mahem
    Feb 19, 2009
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      set one up at home really low for nap time they will play and fall asleep and get use to it really quick. Supervised of course.

      From: Tom Frazier <wildewudu@...>
      To: hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2009 12:36:44 AM
      Subject: Re: [Hammock Camping] hammock camping with kids

      One's 1.5 years old (he's sleeping under his mother on insulation and ground tarp) while the other is 4 years old. Both have been mountain camping since they were born so they're used to being outdoors in a tent but have never been in anything that even remotely resembles a hammock. I did plan on keeping the hammock low for my 4 year old to get him used to the idea of floating over the ground on a piece of cloth tied between two trees.

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      From: Ralph Oborn
      To: hammockcamping@ yahoogroups. com
      Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 8:41 PM
      Subject: Re: [Hammock Camping] hammock camping with kids

      On Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 9:04 PM, Tom Frazier <wildewudu@charter. net> wrote:

      > Question for everyone on the group,
      > How many of us here have experience hammock camping with kids? I've got two
      > that I plan on taking hammock camping this summer, along with my wife, but
      > this will be their first time in a hammock. I do plan on taking a slow and
      > measured approach and introduce them to the concept of sleeping in a hammock
      > to give them time to adjust.
      > However, I'm curious what the approach of others has been to get children
      > comfortable with the idea of sleeping in a hammock. Was the experience very
      > difficult? Any tips or suggestions?
      > T3

      What ages?

      I regularly take my 11 year old scouts out.

      - as with all comping, practice in the back yard (or a local park)
      - Hang low so the kid can get in and out by themselves
      - Hang yourself on a shared tree so you are nearby
      - Teach them that it is NOT a swing (although they can swing gently, but
      NO pushing)
      - Hang a bag on a ridgeline or in the hammock end for books, flashlights,
      water and maybe snacks
      - Have fun!!

      Ralph Oborn

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