What does it take to get a jaded mother of two excited about baby mobiles? Ninjas, circus animals with mustaches, and angelic pigs, apparently.
My favorite kind of mobile isn't my cell phone. I love hanging mobiles. What's not to love? They're moving pieces of art, transformed by light, wind, and perspective. And I've just found a real beauty that you might love as much as your baby.
While I will always have a soft spot in my heart for those high-contrast, abstract-shaped, infant mobiles, admittedly they don't age well as your child gets older.
I still remember what it was like picking out the perfect mobile for my children's nurseries. I wanted something modern and chic but that still felt whimsical and child-like.
I've been pleasantly surprised by all the cool, modern updates to alphabet decor, like this recent Etsy discovery which almost makes me wish that I had another baby's room to decorate.
If you've been anywhere near a fashion magazine, you'll know that bright colors are in for fall. We're seeing it everywhere, from clothing to accessories to school supplies. And now, one more very welcome place: kids nursery decor.
Cute little fishies for your baby's room? So done. Instead, try this very hip, non-cutesy, and eco-conscious mobile that looks as sweet and restful hanging over a crib as it does dangling over a jacuzzi tub. Trust me, I know.
I'm all for low-tech crib mobiles, because who wants to get their newborn hooked on all that music and blinking lights at bedtime?
I admit that baby mobiles never did much more for my kids than keep them entertained with their robotic songs and spinning cutesy stuffed animals. But moms-to-be hoping to get a modern bit of nursery decor out of the deal should be begging for a beautiful dream ring from CMP fave Blabla Kids.
When it comes to mobiles, we always prefer the handmade, battery-free versions that can do double duty as beautiful wall decor. And I'm so happy to have discovered the selection from The Butter Flying--in fact my immediate response to the cloud mobiles was "Gorgeous!"
Thankfully, I have undergone a baby mobile intervention since having our first child, and am happy to report that we are free of all fuzzy, robotic sounding mobiles in our home, mostly due to the amazing choices out there today.
One of the great things about having a baby now as compared to even four years ago when I had my first is the ton of choices parents have as far as nursery decor. Take the mobile, which is no longer something you just buy in a themed set along with your bedding.
I'm already on record as not being a fan of fluffy pastel nursery decor. How are children supposed to develop good design sensibilities if you don't show them the way?
I always admire parents with a great eye - you know, the ones who enter the "my nursery is awesome and yours isn't" type of contests on Apartment Therapy: Nursery, and actually win.
Considering a mobile is essentially the centerpiece of your nursery, parents might consider putting as much thought into it as the bedding. But alas, most people just settle for the lame mass-produced mobiles that the big baby stores merchandise along with the cribs.
Although I love form and fashion, I'm a sucker for function as well. In fact I nearly cried tears of joy when shopping for baby stuff and discovered a combination baby swing/high chair combo. That's why the flash card and mobile combination from Wee Gallery makes me happy as a clam.