Arlo spends a lot of time in our arms or strapped to my husband and I in one of several different baby carriers. We have always liked keeping our boy close – But he’s now heading into independent baby mode and he wants his space. To support his newfound freedom, his days are becoming filled with lots of “Baby Stations”. In this interim period between sleepy newborn and active crawler, we want to give him places where he can play freely, observe his atmosphere, encourage his movement, and sometimes … just snuggle in for a good nap. I spent some time this past weekend photographing Arlo in some of his favorte spots around our house.
[After the jump, check out where our little dude likes to hang out (sometimes literally!)]
Good Morning Sunshine! 1 of 6A lazy start to the day with daddy. Arlo loves snuggling right up against us and is happy to lounge in bed for as long as we are.
Time to bounce! 2 of 6We just broke out the johnny jump up, and while he's not yet strong enough to get some good bounce action - he loves the mobility and freedom of being able to push with his legs and "stand" some on his own.
The play gym 3 of 6This contraption has just gotten really interesting to our boy. He's starting to reach out for all of the fun dangle toys and he's learned to kick the arch with his feet to make the motion-sensored music play.
El Bumbo 4 of 6Ah, the bumbo. This thing seems like a right of passage for babes these days. Now that he's got good head control, he likes to hang out and sit up like a big boy and it positions him perfectly to do some serious Sophie the giraffe nom nom noming!
Naptime 5 of 6Snuggled up against mama on the couch. This was just a little catnap but boy does he look sweet!
Hello Mamaroo 6 of 6The newest 'baby station' in our mix - Arlo's mamaroo simulates the same vibrations and movement as riding in a car and he loves that it sits him at an angle that he can comfortably see all the action happening in our house.
What are your baby’s favorite places to hang out? Have you found they enjoy one more than the others?
Questioning curious behavior: Why is my baby doing that?