May 102013

The mobile can be defined as moving sculpture. Early mobiles did not necessarily move, as do most crib mobiles today. Some were wind driven and others were moved by motor. The modern crib mobile is usually driven by an attached motor, and tends to rotate in circles to the lively or peaceful music.

Today, the crib mobile comes in many forms, usually varying most by the type of shapes used. Many people prefer animals or things like clowns and there are even some mobiles with licensed cartoon characters. The typical crib mobile attaches to the rail of a crib, and has wind up music that may also vary. Many music choices are lullabies, though again music associated with licensed characters can be used too.

Many people intend for the crib mobile to keep babies interested and satisfied for a few moments (so moms can take a quick shower or prepares lunch/dinner). Some babies will drift off to sleep after intently gazing at a mobile, though at first your infant’s ability to see the mobile may be fairly limited. Some suggest using figures or designs that are black and white (like this one) as these colors contrasts are usually the first noted by babies and may be most helpful in stimulating developing vision.

When buying a crib mobile, I suggest you to buy the motion one (the chances are higher that your baby will keep an eye on it longer periods than the static one) and the one with a couple of different music options (after a while, you got really tired of hearing the same melody over and over and over and over…….).

You can really choose any mobile you like They should be placed on a crib rail that is well out of reach of the baby. Once a baby begins sitting up or is able to perfect a few seconds of standing supported by crib rails, crib mobiles should be put away. The strings that attach to sculptures / characters or interesting shapes can be dangerous. Some crib mobiles have the ability to convert into fun baby toys when they can no longer be used on the crib. You can cut animals or shapes off strings, or untie them, and allow baby to play with them. You should only do this if the objects on the mobile are choke safe and intended for child play. And also if you plan for another baby in the future, better not to cut them.

You can find many different good crib mobiles (or nursery mobiles) for about 20 – 40 USD.


For our kids, we have used this crib mobile, and it helped us a lot:


Some example beautiful crib mobiles:


2 Simple DIY Crib Mobiles

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