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Picking Out The Right Mobile For Our Baby

By Alyson Brown |

baby mobileThe husband and I don’t always see eye to eye when it comes to the nursery decor – especially when it comes to the mobile.  Of course I’m attracted to cute mobiles that match the nursery decorations and he’s attracted to simple shapes and what might be more stimulating for our newborn.  How to you pick a mobile that’s appealing to you yet stimulating for the baby?

With so many mobiles on the market, it’s hard not to get blinded by the cuteness.  We’re looking to stimulate our little man’s sensory development but also don’t want a complete eyesore in the room.  Since we’re loosely planning our nursery around a woodland theme, so I’ve got it in my head that a mobile with colorful birds or bugs would be perfect.  My husband has very different thoughts.  He’s less concerned with looks or the cute factor and more concerned about what the baby will respond to best.  From what we’ve found so far, a stimulating mobile is one of the first activities a newborn can enjoy.  Certain mobiles are even great for soothing fussy babies and other mobiles provide endless visual entertainment.  However it seems that the more stimulating mobiles that include motion, music and high contract colors, aren’t the cutest and certainly aren’t easy on the wallet.

swallows mobileHigh-contrast colors, movement and shape are all important when picking a mobile.  Right now we really like this mobile with three black and white swallows.  I think it qualifies for stimulating our baby while keeping to a playful design but I’m curious to hear your thoughts.  If you have a mobile in your baby’s room, why did you pick the one you did and what brought you to your conclusion?  What are some mobiles would you suggest?

{baby image from butterflyorb, mobile image from flensted}

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Alyson Brown

Alyson Brown is a graphic designer living with her husband Levi, little boy Wolf and two cats in Bend, Oregon. She blogged for the Pregnancy channel on Babble, writing about her personal struggles to breastfeed, as well as searching for the perfect diaper bag. More of her work can be found on her lifestyle blog, Unruly Things.

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0 thoughts on “Picking Out The Right Mobile For Our Baby

  1. Digital Molly says:

    The first 2 kids I had an obnoxious mobile that wasn’t cute, received as a shower gift – the babies LOVED IT. It played music, was interactive (very similar to this one -> I HATED IT! But it did have a fancy remote we could turn it on when the kids were crying from afar.

    Skip forward a few years, with our 3rd. We have a sock monkey nursery and gosh darnet there were no interactive mobiles featuring sock monkeys OR my colors. So I made one with mini sock monkeys, it turned and played some dinky lullaby tune.

    The kid didn’t once look at it. At 6 months, he learned to pull himself up – and he learned to pull the mobile down.

    Lesson learned, 4th kid – i’m buying a fun mobile for the kid, not mommy – but i’m not taking pictures of the nursery with that ugly thing in it ;)

  2. Brooke says:

    If I didn’t already make my own (wood ring and colorful shapes), I would get this one:

  3. Bonnie says:

    We ordered one from here:

    It was kind of pricey ($65) but my little man is obsessed with it. Even on his fussy days, if I put him below it and turn on a fan to make it spin, he can’t help but be happy. Sometimes my husband and i lay under it too, because it’s so cool…

  4. Laura says:

    This one is “technically for adults” but I still love it for a modern nursery

  5. rebecca says:

    i’ve made a number of mobiles that you might like to consider. if you’re interested, i could put a custom one together fairly quickly. have a look here ( to check them out. the natural wood and many of the animal and plant images fit right in with your woodland theme. perhaps some combination of “flora”, “fauna”, and “friends”?

  6. ButterflyOrb says:

    We are delighted to see you having our “Orbs” up. We sell actively on Etsy and would love it you would share our link!

    Typically, we do custom orders as moms and dads are creating the best nursery possible. And because our orbs grow up with your baby they add all the more to longevity and use…

    Ann and Mark

  7. Julie Frith says:

    Art for babies is also a good idea…

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