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

Cribs provide a safe place for your baby to sleep, but one that is usually simple in design. It can be hard to match a crib to the overarching theme of a nursery. With the inclusion of the appropriate baby mobile, however, theming is made much simpler. Here we explore that and a few other reasons why you should invest in a quality baby mobile for your child’s crib.

To tie together a nursery’s theme

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It is easy to paint a whimsical ocean mural on a wall, and it’s even easier to buy accompanying wall hangings and toys. On the other hand, making an argument that your blue crib fits into the ocean theme well simply based on its color is a little weak. A colored crib is an okay start, but a themed mobile over that crib makes for a better addition to an ocean nursery. With myriad mobiles on the market, you can be sure to find one that matches the theme in your nursery. Gender-neutral options are available, as are those that are intended for babies of either gender. Identifying a mobile that goes with your nursery’s theme or colors should be a breeze, since so many are available.

To soothe 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 can 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, but don’t really encourage healthy sleeping habits. Either way, it is more favorable that your infant pays attention to the mobile rather than being alone. Mobiles can provide you with at least a few minutes of valuable quiet time to get some chores done.

To 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 animals or things in the night sky, buying a quality mobile means that you will have also bought a form of art that is pleasing to look at as well as practical. If you’re looking to buy a more unique mobile, consider browsing Etsy for a premade product or look into artists to commission a mobile from them. You could always build your own mobile if you’re feeling creative enough and can’t find an existing mobile that fits your fancy. Mobile frames are available for sale that let you hang whatever things you’d like.

To provide something interesting for baby to look at

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The objects on a mobile can be mesmerizing for young eyes to gaze upon. Mobiles can 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 can be especially intriguing. Spinning mobiles add another dimension to what your baby can observe, and in the modern day, 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 comes from a mobile are more than numerous.

To 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 to include a truly unique item as a featured part of your nursery. Hopefully, the mobile will be a conversation starter and an addition you can say you are proud of. Simultaneously, you are sure to get good use out of a mobile. While they can be functional in raising a baby, they can also be special, ornamental items.

To promote brain development

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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. Furthermore, since babies can’t see far distances at first, so 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. Of course, don’t place the mobile too close to the crib mattress so that babies can actually grasp at it — because they will want to!

To serve 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.

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 a DIY project. No matter where you source your baby’s crib mobile from, it will provide hours of fun for your child and look great to you. Hopefully, our list has delineated a few of the great reasons why you should invest in a crib mobile.

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