Do you have a woven wrap that your child has outgrown? Or maybe you need to find a new way to use the wrap that you carried your little ones in. This is the perfect way to entertain your children indoors. My son and daughter love it when I tie a hammock under the dining room table! We use my size 7 Ellevill Zara Tri-Green and my size 5 Pellicano Astrid Fion.
To start, you need a sturdy table. It should not be a circle table or one that can buckle or fold in the middle.
Place one end of the wrap on the tabletop, in the middle. Take the other tail end of the wrap and pass it underneath the table, then bring it up to the top where the other tail is. Tighten the hammock by pulling up. I usually start with the hammock hanging about a foot off the floor, since it will sag considerably when the child sits in it.
Tie the two ends together with a tight knot. Leave the tails long enough so that when the child sits in it, as the knot tightens it won't slip completely out.
You may need to adjust a few times to get the right height for your child. My daughter like to place her bed pillow inside for her head, and they will est lunch in there and play on the tablet, read a book, etc. It's too much fun!
Some reminders before I go:
- Use only woven wraps that are approved for babywearing. Quilting cotton, bed sheets, knit/stretch fabrics and most synthetic fabrics are not recommended and can be dangerous to use in this manner. Woven wraps are made with the sole purpose of carrying babies and are woven to be safe to use this way. Stretchy wraps, including Moby wraps, are not safe to use for this project.
- Monitor your children when in the hammock.
- Use common sense when deciding whether or not your table is strong enough to support the weight of your child.
- Do not use for infants/children under 2.
- These are not to be used for naps or sleeping. If child falls asleep in the hammock, remove them and place into a crib or bed, etc.
Many babywearers also use this technique to "break in" their brand new wraps, so if you have a new wrap that is a bit stiff, you might try this as well! Of course, use caution when doing so, and try not to leave the hammock up for days at a time, as some wraps are more prone to perma-creasing.
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