He does have a cheap school bag, but it doesn't have chest straps. I think I might be able to use velcro or something.
Remember when asking a vendor, they are limited in what they can say/recommend by the legal system and they have to give a very, very conservative figure because Bozo Joe, or Jane, could take them at their word and not consider the characteristics of their own kid. Hennessy or Clark or Jacks at JRB or ..., if they give a figure at all would do exactly like Hennessy did.
I posted a two hammock under one tarp report which you can view here
I found it only marginally successful. I had to place my daughter's hammock about as high as I could reach and because the hammocks sagged, I had to place mine fairly low. This meant that I had to really lift her into the hammock and when I got in mine, I was bumping the plants below.
Next time, I'll try one tree for both heads and two trees for the feet so that we form two legs of a triangle.
I have a monster tarp though. If you are getting a scout from Hennessy, I think you can get he same poly hex fly that I have thrown in for free as part of a sale.
JJ recommends a maximum load of about 1/4th of the child's weight. My son used a mesh child's backpack without a chest strap and loved it - the bag only weighed 9 ozs. Fit is way more important than design because of the light amount of weight the child will carry. An average 3 year old only weights about 30 to 35 lbs so they shouldn't try to carry more than 7 to 8 lbs. You should also be ready to carry the child's pack if they get really tired. Growing take a lot of energy.
PS. Im using a clytor clone.
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Depends on the kid obviously, but my kids have been hammocking for a few years now and they're 7 and 11. They can get in and out by themselves if we hang it low enough. I usually set up their insulation for them but other than that, they're in it by themselves. Twelve is craziness for kids with normal development, but I can understand the liability issues that would lead a manufacturer to say that...no fault on him.
I like the side-by-side b/c I can easily check on them at night for sweating or shivering...they don't know how to regulate their heat like we do. Also, when it's cold and windy, I put myself on the windward side and give him a bit more heat b/c we're leaning on each other just a bit.
Re: weight - a 3yo should carry a bit of water and a little snack so s/he can feel proud at breaks, probably a lightweight favorite toy, and possibly a rain jacket. That's about it, IMO. But every kid is different. If you use a normal school pack, make sure the straps don't rub the sides of his neck. And in survival we just used 550 cord to make chest straps...you can fake one out of anything.
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I have a Kelty Backcountry child carrier backpack. It has a small removable pack attached to it. I am going have him try that this week.