Skip to main content

Every crib needs a great baby mobile: Here are 7 reasons why

A baby mobile is one thing you shouldn't skip for your little one's nursery

Parents-to-be love decorating the nursery. From the wall colors to the bedding, everything has a scheme and theme that comes together with every item. Some items you could probably leave on the store shelf, like the crib bumpers. But one item you might think about skipping – but shouldn’t – is the baby mobile.

Whether you want to stay as neutral as possible or go all out, the baby mobile could create a fun pop of personality in your precious one’s room. With the inclusion of the appropriate baby mobile, theming is made much simpler. Let’s explore a few other reasons why you should invest in a quality baby mobile for your child’s crib.

A baby playing with the mobile above their crib.
wavebreakmedia / Shutterstock

Nursery reasons

Tie together a nursery’s theme

It’s fun to paint a whimsical ocean mural on a wall, but it’s even easier to buy accompanying wall hangings and toys.  A colored crib is an okay start, but a themed mobile over that crib makes for a better addition to an ocean nursery. With a myriad of mobiles on the market, you’ll be sure to find one that matches the theme in your nursery. Identifying a mobile that goes with your nursery’s theme or colors should be a breeze, since so many are available.

Showcase beautiful artwork

Mobiles available for purchase range from mass-produced plastic products to hand-sewn creations. Whether you choose to opt for an abstract mobile or one that displays things in the night sky, buying a quality mobile means that you will have also bought a form of art that is pleasing to your tot’s eye.

If you’re looking to buy a more unique mobile, consider browsing Etsy for a one-of-a-kind product. Look into artists you like and commission a mobile from them. You could always build your own mobile if you’re feeling creative. Mobile frames are available that let you hang whatever things you’d like.

Add a unique ornamental touch to a room

Even if you didn’t have a single theme in mind when decorating your nursery, one of the many mobiles available for purchase would make for a lovely enhancement to any room. Electing to buy a handmade mobile means that you have chosen a truly special item as a featured part of your nursery. The mobile could be a conversation starter and an addition you are proud of.

Serves as a semi-permanent hanging decoration

Some mobiles are not crib mounted and instead must be screwed into the ceiling. In fact, in the early days of crib mobiles, this was the only available type. While crib-mounted mobiles are arguably more popular nowadays, you can still purchase mobiles that hang from the ceiling. Therefore, a mobile’s status in a room can be elevated from a nice feature to the focal point of that room’s art.

If you buy a mobile that hangs from the ceiling and hang it high enough, it can stay up after your child graduates from a crib to a toddler bed and perhaps even past that stage. These pieces can be as permanent as you choose to make them.

A baby in their crib looking at the mobile.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Baby reasons

Soothes fussy babies

Some babies really don’t enjoy being put down to sleep. Instead, they want to be held all the time! Alleviate their discomfort by placing a calming mobile above their crib. Some mobiles play gentle music that help lull a baby to sleep. Other mobiles are just so appealing that they will entertain your baby and distract them from the fact that they aren’t being held. Mobiles provide you with at least a few minutes of valuable quiet time to sip that coffee.

Provides something interesting for baby to look at

The objects on a mobile can be mesmerizing for young eyes to gaze upon. Mobiles break up an otherwise plain visual field one sees when lying down in a crib. As babies begin to be more aware of colors, hanging multiple items above their heads that differ in color, size, and texture is especially intriguing.

Spinning mobiles add another dimension to what your baby observes, and mobiles are available that move in patterns beyond simple circles. Some mobiles even project images onto the ceiling for more to look at in the dark. The visual stimuli that come from a mobile are numerous.

Promotes brain development

Though young babies are more stimulated by high-contrast designs rather than colorful ones, older babies are captivated by vivid hues. Some mobiles come with developmentally appropriate hanging objects that can be switched out as your child ages. To start with black-and-white items are usually recommended, with a gradual move to colored items.

Since babies can’t see far distances at first, you might hang a mobile lower down during their first few months. Fine motor skill development is also encouraged, since babies tend to grab for the objects hanging from mobiles.

The sheer number of mobiles on the market is astounding. Some parents might choose to forego premade items in favor of a custom mobile or accomplish a DIY project. No matter where you source your baby’s crib mobile from, it will provide hours of fun for your child. When making your list of nursery items, keep the wall decals off if you want, but make sure to keep the baby mobile on the list.

Editors' Recommendations

Is your baby not eating solid foods? Here’s what could be going on
What to do if your baby isn't interested in eating solids
Baby in a highchair at the table eating.

When babies are first introduced to solid foods, they tend to already have a preference for what they like. Some babies like vegetables, while others prefer the sweet taste of fruits. Babies usually take to eating solid foods quite quickly and enjoy them very much. Let's face it, once a baby starts on solid food, all they want to do is eat! But what happens when your baby's not eating solids?

It can be confusing for a parent when their munchkin, who seems to enjoy food so much, suddenly refuses to eat solids. Or, when their little one begins eating solids, but then stops eating them entirely. This is something that happens commonly with little ones and isn't something to be too concerned about or cause panic. Let's go over why your hungry hippo is rejecting solid foods and what you should do about it.

Read more
If you love Disney, these are the motivational quotes to complete your nursery decor
Decorating the nursery or redoing a bedroom? These motivational quotes for kids will fit right in
A crib with nursery decor hanging above it

Decorating a nursery for the first time, redoing a kid's room with a new theme, or wanting art added to your child's bedroom? Motivational quotes are always the way to go. If you're stuck with where to pull inspiration from, how about your kiddo's favorite Disney characters? Disney-loving families will find the perfect motivational quotes for kids to help keep their focus on the positive side of things while leaning on them as room decor.
To remind your child it's all about their attitude
A child is never too young to learn how to work out a problem on their own, and it's never too early to help them have a positive attitude when working through an issue. These Disney characters have the right attitude.
"The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem." -- Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)
"The only way to get what you want in this world is through hard work." -- Tiana (The Princess and the Frog)
"You control your destiny -- you don’t need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems." -- Merida (Brave)
To remind your kid they are the only one of them out there
We all think our child is the most precious creature alive. And while we are all correct, hang one of these quotes in their nursery or bedroom to remind them daily.
"Your identity is your most valuable possession. Protect it." -- Elastigirl (The Incredibles)
"I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then." -- Alice (Alice in Wonderland)

To remind them that taking a risk is always worth it
From the first step to the first day of school to the first activity they want to sign up for, every risk your child takes is worth it. Most children love risk-taking anyway, so foster that fearlessness by hanging these quotes up around their room.

Read more
Need to clean out the playroom? This is where you should donate toys
Need help on where to donate toys to tidy up your child's room? We have the local spots to go to first
A child's room that's a bit messy with toys and items all over

Between holidays, birthdays, and "just because" moments, the playroom and kids' bedrooms fill up pretty quickly with all sorts of items. If you want to declutter that toy room and get rid of the things your children no longer play with, donating will teach your kids to help others while letting you see the floor again. Instead of the places that are the usual stops for toy donations near you, try these other places first.
Local Buy Nothing group
If you don't know about your local Buy Nothing group, please look into it. It's a safe place to swap, give away, or ask for items or services completely free of charge. Sure, we'd all like to get a few bucks back from our child's toys, but if you don't want to go through that hassle, this is the best option. You don't even have to leave the house if you're more comfortable with porch pickups in your neighborhood.
Ask hospitals what they could use
Hospitals have tighter rules about what they can take, but it's never a bad idea to ask. The hospital would be the best for when you purchased something, it was the wrong size or item, and now you can't return it. Though items still in the packaging and with tags are always preferred, there are exceptions. Call and ask what your local hospital would take.
Reach out to local day cares/schools
If your children have ever gone to day care, you know how quickly they ask for donations. Day cares are open to more kinds of things, not just toys, so if you need to do a bit of an overhaul in your kids' rooms, ask your local day care facilities. The schools in your area are a great go-to, as well. Teachers always need classroom supplies, and the younger grades would need toys, books, and even clothing for when accidents happen.
Parent groups
Whether you're in a bunch of Facebook groups or are part of a group that meets in person, ask people you already know if they could use some toys your children have outgrown. You have a rapport with these other parents, and if you meet up in person, you could bring the items along and not have to make another stop.

Women's and children's centers in your area
For your donations to make a bigger impact, make sure women's and children's centers are on your list. If you were a struggling parent, you know how much it means to have a place like that to go to when in need. If you're a parent who doesn't have to struggle, pay it forward and count your blessings by donating to one.

Read more