Random objects stand in for a crib mobile
Kris came up with a novel alternative to a crib mobile:
I didn't want a traditional crib mobile for our son because they seemed so tacky, gaudy and loud. We had decorated his room in a very soothing, natural manner and I wanted something in keeping with that theme. So instead I decided to hang different objects at various lengths with fishing wire above his crib. As he's gotten older, we've adjusted the lengths so he can't reach them to pull them down and have suspended new objects to keep his interest. We've used everything from Japanese lanterns to balls of twine, wind chimes, Christmas ornaments, and even a slinky. The choices are only as limited as your imagination. Just be sure if the object is heavy to use the appropriate hook designed to hold the weight from your local hardware store.