When I had Santiago, I decided not to introduce mobiles to him because I found them stressful, as well as over-stimulating for a newborn. WRONG!!
However, I later discovered that the use of mobiles with newborns can be the exact opposite as they help to develop concentration, hand-eye coordination, depth perception and other essential skills. Plus, one of the biggest benefits is that they are wildly entertaining for them!
The Montessori inspired mobiles have a specific time for their introduction and achieve different objectives: The best part is that they are easy to make yourself.
I found this great list of mobile types and the age at which they are generally presented at Little Red Farm:
- Black and white pictures (0-4 weeks)
- Munari Mobile (3-6 weeks)
- Octahedron Mobile (5-8 weeks)
- The Gobbi mobile (7-10 weeks)
- Dancers Mobile (8-12 weeks)
- Flowing Rhythm Mobile (8-12 weeks)
- Butterflies (10-16 weeks)
- Hummingbirds (10-16 weeks)
- Mother and baby whales(10-16 weeks)
Mobiles / hanging toys designed to be touched as soon as attempts at grabbing start
- Bell on a Ribbon (12-16 weeks)
- Wooden ring on elastic (12-16 weeks)
- Primary colours mobile (12-18 weeks)
- Wooden musical mobile (16-20 weeks)
Since I enjoy arts and crafts, I decided to give them as a present to one of my friends who is having a baby girl and I will share with you, in next posts, my own version of the Munari, the Octahedron and the Gobbi Mobiles.
Update: On April 2018 I had my second son: Vicente, and I did the Munari Mobile again for him! Since week 1 he could spend over 45 minutes, concentrated and focused looking at it and touching it with his little hands to make the transparent ball to move.
Top10Mom super approved, give it a try!