We introduced grasping and pulling mobiles a bit later that the recommended age (which is around 4 months old, when the baby can already grasp them and take them to his mouth) because Oliver was still interested in his Montessori visual mobile The Dancers and spent quite a bit of time looking at it while chewing away on his Sophie La Giraffe (review coming soon).
When Oliver lost interest in the dancers, I made this support to hang toys that he can then take to his mouth or pull and explore. He’s still using it today (he’s almost 1 year old) with his Pikler ball as he likes to stand, hit the ball and catch it in mid air when it comes back (sometimes it flies all around him, and when he tries to follow it with his eyes, he usually falls and laughs).
This is what you need:
This is how you hang it:
This is what you have to do:
You just need to sew two snap buttons on one end of the ribbon (I chose a blue and thick ribbon. Any will work, but the easier to sew the better) to be able to open it and close it easily to interchange toys. I sewed one snap button higher and one lower in order to have two options when hanging the toy, also depending on how big the toy is.
On the other end, I sewed a wooden curtain ring (I bought it in a normal sewing shop) and connected it to the hook on the ceiling through two strong elastic bands. I don’t remember exactly how I did it to be like in the picture: I think I opened the hook with pliers, put the elastic band in and closed it back.
What toys you can use it with:
You can use it with any toy that has a hole where to pass the ribbon through, thus converting it in a mobile: so far, we’ve used it with the Pinkler ball, with a Heimess wooden rattle and with a homemade toy similar to this one by MamaMayI (which I’d have liked to buy, but it was out of stock at the time. So I made it myself using some colourful silk straps and a curtain wooden ring).
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