Frequently Asked Questions about the Kanoe
How old can a child be to use the Kanoe? How much weight can the Kanoe support?
In general, we recommend the Kanoe for newborns and children up to 2 years of age. This will of course depend on the weight of the child. The spring (item KS-002) is most responsive for children weighing between 10 and 30 pounds. Once a child is too heavy for the spring, we recommend that the spring be removed and the straps be adjusted so that the Kanoe is just a few inches from the floor. At this point, children are probably able to climb out of the hammock on their own and can be taught to do so safely.
How large is the Kanoe? How much space is needed to hang it?
The hammock portion of the Kanoe measures 36 inches long by 16 inches wide. For freedom of movement it needs to be positioned at least 28 inches from any nearby wall or object.The Mini Kanoe measures 30 inches long by 14 inches wide. For freedom of movement it needs to be positioned at least 24 inches from any nearby wall or object.
The Kanoe is 54 inches at its shortest adjustment – from the ceiling (including the spring as well as the spring clip and the eye lag) to the bottom of the hammock. It is about 90 inches at its longest adjustments (all straps fully extended.) The Kanoe was designed to anchor at a minimum of 5 feet and a maximum of 10 feet. Adjust the upper straps first – if you need the Kanoe to be higher after adjusting the upper straps to the shortest adjustment, start adjusting the lower ones to achieve the appropriate height.
How much does the Kanoe weigh?
The Kanoe, with all the parts (including the spring) weighs about 9 pounds. It is shipped in a 6 X 6 X 38 inch box. The spring alone weighs a little over one pound. If you take your Kanoe camping along with a tree strap, you won’t need to take the spring, the Tree Strap will give plenty of vertical motion.
Can my child sleep in the Kanoe?
Yes. Children tend to fall asleep as fast as if they were being rocked in your arms. Children who have a difficult time falling asleep are often quickly calmed and soothed by the gentle 3-dimensional motion of the Kanoe. Close attention must be paid to children who are strong enough to climb out of the Kanoe by themselves; it is important to lower the Kanoe to within a few inches of the ground and take them out of the Kanoe when they wake up before they decide to try to get out on their own. You can also teach the child to enter and exit safely.
How is the Kanoe installed?
eyelagThe setup of the Kanoe is designed to be quick, easy, and allow for maximum flexibility. Eye lags can be placed in several locations around the house or outdoors (i.e., in the nursery, next to parents’ bed, in the garden or in your office). These stainless steel eyelags, when properly mounted directly into the ceiling joists, are tested safe for weights in excess 200lbs. The hammock can then be easily unhooked and relocated elsewhere, eliminating the need for a cumbersome stand. Proper installation of the eye lags is essential for the safe use of the Kanoe. Complete installation instructions and two eye lags are included with the hammock; additional eye lags are sold separately or can be picked up at a hardware store (they must be stainless steel with same threading size as the ones we send with the Kanoe.)
Is there a stand?
We do realize that it is not always possible to hang the Kanoe from the ceiling. If you have beams, you can get the Extension Strap and wrap it around the structure beam. You can also use the Extension Strap if your ceilings are over 10 feet high.There are a few stands available that we have tried or that our customers tell us work well with the Kanoe. Which one will work best for you will depend on the space available, ceiling height and design preference. None are really perfect for the Kanoe, and all are quite large but many customers seem happy with them. We hope to be able to develop a stand specifically for the Kanoe one day soon.
Below are some stands available through other companies. Please let us know of your experiences if you choose to use a stand so that we can make the best recommendations, and use the information for our own design.
The C-Stand seems to be the favorite, but the foot seems a bit dangerous for bigger babies that may start sitting up and climbing out. We strongly recommend placing something soft over the foot of this stand such as a blanket.
The Luna Stand seems safer but may take a lot of floor space.
You can get more information (dimensions and price) on these stands on Amazon.com.
The Z-stand works fine, and the design is interesting, but it is very heavy!
From Hammaka: Z-Stand
The “Shelter” Stand doesn’t work well, the curve doesn’t go far enough and it is too high to fit in houses with normal ceiling height.
We only know of one person that got this stand. Looks beautiful ..and huge, but if you have the space, you can use it for a swing chair as well.
This is the tripod stand. A customer sent us this email telling us that it works great for a traveling stand. It folds-up, it’s lightweight and sets-up very easily.
“This tripod camping stand is intended to support a hammock chair and can support 350 lbs. The stand cost approximately $85 (no shipping fees) from overstock.com, is very lightweight and portable.”
Is the Kanoe washable?
Yes. An essential design element of the Kanoe is that the hammock can be easily taken apart for washing. Simply unclip the four corners where the support straps meet the hammock, remove the two internal wooden support rods, and wash! The 100% cotton Kanoe fabric is extremely durable and colorfast and is completely machine washable. Organic dry cleaning is great too. Wash Kanoe in cold water, gentle cycle, and hang to dry. Do not put Kanoe fabric in dryer.
Can I use the Kanoe outside?
Yes. The cotton canvas is very durable and is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. As always, proper installation of the Kanoe as outlined in the installation instructions is essential for the safe use of the product. There is an extension strap, available upon request, for looping over a beam or tree limb, or for use with high ceilings.
Is there a mattress?
No mattress is required with the Kanoe. The Kanoe hammock functions like a loose, non-constricting sling, suspending your baby’s weight in much the same way that you do when holding or rocking your baby. In fact, one of the reasons babies love being in a Kanoe is because it feels so similar to being held in a parent’s arms. The Kanoe was specifically designed to gently support a baby while conforming to his or her natural shape, without the unnatural and unnecessary interference of a mattress.For newborns, we highly recommend swaddling while in the Kanoe. Swaddling is soothing to babies because it simulates the feeling of being in the womb. While swaddled in the Kanoe, your baby will feel warm, secure, and comforted. We also suggest using baby sleeping bags, especially after the first 3 to 4 months. They can be enormously helpful with getting babies (and even toddlers), since there are no blankets and sheets to get tangled up in or create a suffocation risk.
As with any crib or bassinet, we warn against placing any lose padding whatsoever around your baby while she or he is in the Kanoe. Padding is unnecessary and only creates a suffocation hazard. Instead, swaddle your baby with a cozy, temperature-appropriate blanket or sleeping bag and place a little bonnet on his or her head. If your baby spits up a lot, you can place a burping cloth under baby in the Kanoe so that you don’t have to launder it as often.
Does the risk of SIDS increase with the Kanoe?
No! The soft-to-the-touch floor and walls of the Kanoe are taut, so there is no more risk of SIDS than there is with a regular crib. The risk of SIDS may actually decrease with the Kanoe because our hammock does not require a mattress or extra padding. The risk of SIDS increases with loose pillows, fabric, and padding – We strongly recommend against the use of mattresses or extra padding, and they are completely unnecessary with the Kanoe, which comfortably suspends a baby’s weight naturally.