As you plan your baby's nursery, you're probably so overwhelmed by all of the color and theme choices available. (Who knew there were so many different shades of green anyway?) But before you throw up your hands, there's one other thing you need to consider. You may be tempted to buy an adorable mobile to place above your baby's crib. But as you quickly learn, everything you think is cute isn't always a safe addition to your baby's crib (sorry, Grandma). As you are preparing to decorate your baby's nursery you may be wondering, are mobiles safe to hang above a crib?
Not only can mobiles be a colorful and fun way to decorate your baby's crib, the soft lullaby they make can help soothe your baby into a nice, semi-deep sleep. But it's important to make sure you are keeping your baby's safety top of mind when you choose a mobile.
If you decide to add a mobile to your baby's crib, it's important to check that the mobile you choose is securely attached. As Baby Center mentioned, you should do your best to steer clear of mobiles with small parts that detach. If the parts should fall into baby's crib, they could become a choking hazard.
According to Parents, once a baby is old enough to push up on to her hands and knees (around five months of age), some of the small pieces and strings that are a part of the mobile can present a danger. If your baby can reach the mobile, she can pull it down or become tangled by the strings. For this reason, Kids Health cautioned parents to make sure the strings hanging from your mobile are no longer than seven inches.
Although most crib mobiles manufactured in the United States meet current safety standards, you should register your mobile with the manufacturer so that you can stay up to date on any product recalls or safety hazards that are discovered, as Very Well mentioned.
By making sure you install your baby's mobile properly, both of you can look forward to plenty of sweet dreams ahead.