Finding a cool mobile that adds style to your nursery, but is also appealing to your baby can be a harder task than most new moms realize. Go with those ubiquitous big-box store mobiles and you'll get the lights, colors, and sounds that just might make your newborn fall in love with his crib — which for some new moms can feel like an impossible goal — but you're stuck looking at a plastic monstrosity in your otherwise-chic baby's room. Scour the upscale baby boutiques, and you'll find some incredible mobiles, but they can come with some equally outstanding price tags. Not to worry! We've scoured one of our favorite sources for creative decor, Etsy, and have found 20 gorgeous mobiles at a range of price points. The only problem now? Choosing just one!
One of the best things about felt mobiles is the care that goes into crafting them. Hang one of these handmade mobiles above your baby's crib, and soothe her to sleep with cheerful colors and plush shapes. We've gathered 10 of our favorites from Etsy that feature unique designs for your one-of-a-kind baby!
We found a few of our favorite baby mobiles for boys, and now it's the girls' turn. Mobiles capture your newborn's eye, encouraging her to follow movements — along with lulling your sweetie to sleep. And these handmade baby mobiles (all sold on Etsy) make unique baby shower gifts that leave a lasting impression. From whimsical pastel animals to poofy, pink pom-poms, these mobiles are totally girlie and ready to decorate your babe's nursery.
Lull your sweet babe to sleep with a mobile that's all boy. No matter your nursery decor, these mobiles are shades of blue or showcase traditional boy themes, such as planes, trains, and automobiles — and some other cute themes, too. From whimsical woodland creatures perfect for forest-filled dreams, to ones that have gentle lullabies that your new lil one will love, these mobiles are made with one thing in mind — soothing your new baby boy to dreamland. Click through for a few of our favorite boy-themed baby mobiles.
Move over Ariel, these Under the Sea nurseries have no sign of the Disney princess. Taking baby's room and turning it into an Under the Sea nursery is a creative, and fun, gender neutral design idea, and they're just as much fun to design when you know the gender of your baby too! The centerpiece of any nursery baring this theme is a mobile that reflects the calm and serenity of the sea life.
Shopping handmade is the ultimate personalized shopping experience. Since you're buying directly from the artisan, you can customize your purchase to coordinate with your decor. Get ready to make a splash and check out these five "Under the Sea" handmade baby mobiles.
It may be a paper moon, but there's nothing make-believe about it. Paper projects have become a staple of the DIY craft space thanks to colorful tissue pom-poms made popular by Martha Stewart-types and precious details like tissue flower cake toppers. Now, crafty designers have made decorating a baby's nursery with a mesmerizing mobile easy. Feast your peepers on these darling designs!
I'm a big fan of mobiles, so I was excited to check out FluffyCo's Eco Mobiles ($68). Made of sustainably farmed wood veneer over recycled, formaldehyde-free MDF, they're a great option for your living room, bedroom, or a child's nursery.
The mobiles currently are available in two motifs: a circus version (shown here) and a bird version. While the bird mobile seems a more natural choice for an adult home, I do think that the circus mobile would also be a really fun option as well.
When I assembled the mobile at home, I appreciated the easy-to-read instructions on the back of the (recyclable) packaging. It showed me exactly how to tie the centering, hanging threads from the mobile arms, which help to balance the other mobile pieces. I also liked the waxed cord that came with the mobile; it's easy to guide through the tiny holes, and also a snap to tie.
A mobile that currently hangs in my home is similar to the FluffyCo mobiles, but much thinner and more easily breakable. The heft of each mobile piece in these two sets was formidable, and even if a child did happen to grab one of the birds or circus animals, I'm pretty sure that the pieces would withstand that particular trauma.
FluffyCo's range of home decor accents includes metal wall art, bottle openers, prints, posters, and wall hooks. The company is also adding to this section, so definitely check back to see what's new.
No nursery is complete without the perfect mobile hanging above the crib to lull a lil one off to sleep. The visual stimulants can inspire tots to reach for the stars and help young eyes begin to focus on individual objects. Finding a mobile that fits your nursery design is easier than ever. Here are 10 to get you started.
Like decorating your first apartment, decorating your baby's nursery is a really exciting task. But many new moms tend to forget that their $59 polyester pony mobile will end up in the attic within a few months. So if you're shopping for a holiday gift for an infant or a nursery-decorating friend, I recommend wrapping up a mobile that can act as décor long after a baby moves out of the crib.
One of my favorites is this CB2 Abstract Mobile ($19.95), which is very clearly inspired by the work of acclaimed American sculptor Alexander Calder, who invented the mobile in 1931. I have a few more modern mobiles up my sleeve, so read more
The last episode of Design Star narrowed the field from three to two designers. In my opinion, the designer who was eliminated (Lonnie) created the most cohesive and style-forward rooms out of the three. Everyone did a great job, though, and there are plenty of great ideas to take away from the latest episode.
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