I realize every baby is different, and what one loves, another may hate. BUT, I'm starting to go a bit crazy looking for ways to keep my baby (and myself) occupied all day. He's not a fan of the car or the stroller unless he's asleep, so I can really only leave the house when he's on the verge of naptime. I mean, I can go at other times, but I have to subject myself to crying, and I make my baby pretty unhappy. We're in Chicago, so the weather isn't awesome for outside anyway. He has a skip-and-hop activity mat that he likes most of the time, and it gets us 5-20 minutes of play a few times every day. He'll sit in his bouncy chair while I fold laundry or cook...for a little while. He has about 10 minutes max on that, too. Sometimes he just likes to lay on the floor and kick his legs and "dance." ....And that's about it. He can grab objects and hold them if they're the right size, but he doesn't understand how to shake them. Thus, rattles and stuff don't really interest him. He tries to put stuff in his mouth, but he's not into that enough that he'll sit and chew on things for hours at a time (also, he doesn't like anything designed to be chewed on, like teethers). So I spend a lot of time just carrying him (face out; face-in and he cries). Dance parties. That sort of thing. However, he takes 30 minute naps, which makes for A LOT of awake time. And he weighs about 15 pounds, so carrying him all the time is killing my back. He doesn't like to be still, so holding him on my lap or putting him next to me or whatever is pointless. Basically, I'm looking for suggestions on what to do with him. He's on the verge of jumperoos, etc., but his head control isn't awesome yet. What are your baby's go-to toys and games? How do you entertain them during their awake time?
TL; DR: I need ways to entertain my antsy baby all day long!
Also, I'm so sorry if this has been discussed a million times. I didn't see it at first glance, my searching sucks, and I have toooootal mom brain.