What Is A Kids Hammock ?
Let’s start with our definition of a kids hammock . There are two characteristics that define a kids hammock.
- A kids hammock is one which has a single cord at the end rather than a spread of cords. This is a safety feature. It means that if the child climbs up the end of the hammock and climbs through the cords, there is nowhere to enclose around the child’s neck.
- Kids hammocks are smaller than a single adult hammock. The maximum fabric laying area of a kids hammock would be 120x200cm. Most of our kids hammocks are this size.
Why Children Love Hammocks
As a dad to three boys, I see on a daily basis how much they love hammocks. Every time they go in the hammock, either together or by themselves, they smile. I have asked them why they like it, but as they are still young, I get answers like ‘I just like it!’ or ‘because it’s good’. Therefore, I will have to substitute some of my own theories as to why my boys, and kids in general love hammocks so much:
You are never really still in a hammock. Every time you make a slight movement, it triggers a general swaying at least. Any bigger movements make more momentum, which then has to be controlled. Children love moving or perhaps they just can’t sit still. So I think a hammock allows a child a place to rest and relax without being still.
There is always some feeling of some physical risk or instability when in a hammock. This feels quite exciting for children. Even though the worst that can happen is a drop of a few inches on to a lawn or carpet.
If there is more than one child in the hammock, they will inevitably tumble in to each other. Everything contact seems to be ticklish and hilarious, and sharing a hammock makes contact inevitable.
You can kind of disappear in a hammock. Many children like to be in the vicinity so they know what’s going on without being the focus of attention. When you lay in the middle of a hammock, with the sides up high, it is quite a concealed little hidey-hole. It is also a very comfortable place to be ensconced. It’s a place where you can carry on reading the book you were enjoying without disruptions, but still be around the rest of the family.
When two children are in a hammock, they can make their plots and plans with a feeling of being in a den. You can easily also put a string above the hammock and hang a blanket over it to make it even more den-like.
A hammock is a good place for make believe and role playing. Our boys like to pretend they are on a pirate ship or in a spaceship. The hammock provides the feeling of flying or floating so it allows the imagination to work it’s magic.
So, that is why I think they love it so much.
6 Other Reasons To Buy A Kids Hammock
From my dads-eye point of view I love how much they enjoy it and that is the primary benefit to me, but I have noticed how having a hammock around gives them a space to read. This means they read more which I like.
By the way, the kids hanging chairs are also a great hit with the boys. They never sit still in them, constantly pushing off from a nearby wall, and they can do that for a long time and read a book at the same time. I have to admire the coordination going on there. If it was me I would be crashing in to the wall all the time.
You can just about fit an adult in one of our kids hammocks. I am 5feet 10inches and it is just about comfortable. I only have one position I can lay in , which is straight, but it is perfectly comfy for an adult until someone comes and jumps on you!
Because the kids hammocks are smaller, they are more easily transportable. They weigh under a kilo and will easily fit in the bottom of your hand luggage if flying. Next time you are stuck at an airport due to drones, you can just whip out your hammock and tie it between two benches, so the kids can have a sleep. At least until someone comes and tells you off.
It is perfect to take on any picnic with you. The ropes are built in and it comes in a handy carry bag. It is the most portable of the cotton hammocks. The travel hammocks are more portable, but the cotton is more cosy than the nylon.
A hammock always makes a great present. The price is in the range of normal niece and nephew gifts and everyone will love it.
The last reason to buy a kids hammock, or at least something that you don’t have to worry about, is that it is machine washable. Simply tie up the ropes at the end and wash it like you would with anything else that is colourful and made from cotton.
Why Buy Your Kids Hammock From Hammock Heaven ?
Now you have read the arguments as to why you might want a kids hammock, we think you should buy one from Hammock Heaven, especially hammocks of our own Hamaca brand. Here are 3 reasons why.
- Great quality – a thicker and stronger hammock means it will last as long as you need it.
- Gorgeous designs – very nice colours and patterns which means it looks better than other hammocks.
- Free overnight delivery in the UK – so that the price you see is the price you pay and you can expect to receive your hammock tomorrow.
If you disagree with anything, or think we missed anything, please contact us. We love to hear from people interested in hammocks outside of just shopping.
There is a reason for everything, but I think the case for kids hammocks is the most compelling.