One of the most beautiful parts of a Montessori infant environment is the wonderful mobiles. These mobiles, in my opinion, really are a beautiful work of art made just for your baby. They help to develop concentration, visual tracking depth perception and so much more in your infant.
As I have mentioned before, many of these lovely mobiles are easily and cheaply made. They last from the time your baby is born until he or she is mobile. First come the visual mobiles, then the tactile ones.
For us, all of our visual mobiles were hung in Nora's movement area. This area was found in one corner of her bedroom. This space was specially designed for her and her alone. To hang the mobiles, we used a hanging plant bracket and some ribbon.
I attached the ribbon to the bracket using a keychain ring. Then the end of the ribbon had one as well. The ribbon was attached through the ring and hot glued to itself to create the loop. Then each mobile had a ring, so they could be slid together.
While this is fairly cheap and easy way to hang the mobiles, the downside is that they are fairly stationary then. Its hard to move them around if you can't just sit in the nursery. Unless you place these brackets on several different places in your home.
This is where a tripod comes in handy. A tripod is a apparatus that allows you to move the mobiles around. So, if you are hanging out in your living room, so can your baby and the mobiles. This is one thing I really missed when Nora was an infant. The downside to these, is that they can be a bit expensive. There are great alternatives available on the market, however!
Haba Play Bar; Wooden Mobile Holder; Plan Toys Baby Gym; Ikea Play Bar; Wooden Mobile Hanger; Plant Hanger
So many of these are an excellent way to hold mobiles and eventually toys for new babies. In particular, these would do an excellent job holding more tactile mobiles, like a bell on a ribbon or elastic or a hanging puzzle ball. Another great thing about these is that you can also use these to place toys, or high contrast images! There are just so many possibilities.
Have you used and Montessori mobiles with your baby? How did you hang them?
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