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Montessori Baby Week 8 - The Octahedron Mobile

Oh, my baby Gus is now 8-weeks-old! This past week has marked some new and interesting changes in Augustus and in our Montessori environment.


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First, Gus was getting over a bad cold and all of a sudden all but stopped napping. His typical (to this point) hours long naps suddenly fell to just 20 or 40 minutes long. While awake, Augustus was a lot more alert. He is now following voices with his head and  spotting me from across the room. He is also moving like crazy. He's starting to scoot around a bit on his back, and get his hips and shoulder off the ground in an attempt to roll.


With these obvious changes, I figured it was probably time to accept that Gus is getting bigger and introduce a new mobile in his movement area -- the Octahedron.

The Octahedron mobile is the second mobile in the Montessori visual mobile series. The mobile, itself, appears simple. It is three Octahedron shapes in primary colors. It's made from one dowel and shiny crafting paper.


It's light weight helps it to move effortlessly through the air. And it immediately caught Augustus' attention. He seemed very happy with the change. Some days, he has spent up to 30 minutes at a time watching the mobile contently. Gus is not one to give up smiles and coos easily. But this mobile, got him both talking and smiling.

We still brought out his Munari-inspired mobile a couple of times this week. But, his interest quickly waned. He was ready for the new challenge of the contrasting colors and sharp edges that this mobile provides!


And, personally, I can't complain! I find this mobile stunning in both its simplicity and complexity.

Looking to buy an Octahedron? Check here or here!
Looking to make one? Little Red Farm has an excellent tutorial.

How did your child respond to the Octahedron? When did you make the switch to mobile 2?

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