Ideas for suspension and mobility: baby's first toys
The tradition of hanging toys over a cradle of a newborn came from ancient times. Then it was believed that these pendants will protect the baby from the evil eye, give him health and happiness. Today, hanging toys does not have a sacred meaning. But mobiles have become a fashionable and popular attribute of a children's room. Parents for their children certainly want to buy this multifunctional, bright, musical device. Modern parents prefer to begin the development of the baby from the very first days of his life. And the mobile is perfect for this purpose.
A mobile is a rotating carousel, which is hung on a hook, or mounted on an arm to the arena boot. Toys rotate on the cross. There are an incredible number of mobile options. There are toys with musical accompaniment, with a rotating mechanism, with backlight, and many other functions.
A pendant with cute figures over a baby’s bed is not just a decoration for a child; the child will look at it with interest, learn to reach out for objects that interest him and grab them. Despite the apparent simplicity, these toys help the baby to develop in several directions at once. They train:
- vision (perception of color, shape);
- the ability to focus your eyes;
- the skill of tracking moving objects;
- ability to distinguish and recognize objects;
- concentration and attention.
In addition, the smooth movement and gentle sounds (ringing bells or the melody of a music mobile) calm the baby and cause a lot of positive emotions.
Do I need a mobile in a crib for babies?
Experts do not give a definite answer whether a mobile is needed or not. The choice always remains with the parents. In the first weeks of life, babies are not interested in anything around, except for feeding, sleeping and dry diapers. And only after a month do they begin to pay attention to surrounding objects.
Rotating toys help the baby focus on specific objects. Bright colors contribute to the formation of color perception. Melodious music teaches the child to listen to the sounds. Many kids love falling asleep to the sounds of a mobile. Others, by contrast, perceive this as an exciting game and chirp cheerfully. But in any case, the baby is distracted for a while by the toy, which gives mom time for a break.
Do not forget that the baby’s hearing is very sensitive! Therefore, do not turn on the toy at full volume. Loud music can annoy the baby and instead of reassuring parents will get nervous excitement and tantrum.
At what age can a baby be hung in a crib?
This toy can be used from the first days of a baby's life and up to 5 months. At this time, he will watch the suspended figures, listen to tunes. And also try to grab hands or reach legs with attractive objects. But after 5 months, when the child begins to rise in the crib, it is better to remove the mobile so that the baby does not break off the structure and is not injured or frightened.
If the pendant toys are removable, then it would be more expedient to let their baby just play. Or hang them in a stroller, on a walker or on a play mat.
What are the mobiles for newborns?
Among the huge assortment of mobiles, only two types stand out: with and without musical accompaniment. Musical, in turn, are divided into mechanical and battery powered.
Mechanical plant - arranged on the principle of a music box. Mom needs to scroll the key several times to make the melody sound. In most cases, this quiet melodic music is very popular with kids and parents. But the minus of such a device is that there is only one melody in the set. And the plant lasts no more than 5 minutes. Next you need to wind up the barrel organ again.
Battery - powered mobiles typically have several ringtones that switch one after the other until the entire collection is lost. It is very important for parents to listen to all the tunes when buying! After all, at home they will have to listen daily with the baby. And if the music has poor recording quality, or just do not like it, then the mobile will be just another annoying factor. The house should keep a supply of batteries for this device.
Also, mobiles differ in type of mount:
- Inexpensive models have a hook for which the entire device is suspended in a convenient place. Such toys are mobile. But the baby can pull the hook out of the mount when swinging.
- For fastening on a bed, a clamp is usually used. This design is quite durable. But still, when the baby learns to reach for toys, it is better to disassemble it in order to avoid injuries.
- Velcro fastening allows you to fix the mobile in any convenient place: on the handle of the stroller, in the car seat, in the playpen, on the walker
What material is better to choose a mobile for baby?
The frame of the mobile is always made of plastic. But the pendants can be plastic or textile. Very rarely you can find pendants made of wood. Each parent chooses the material as they wish.
Plastic - easy to clean and easy to care for. Inside the figures, there may be fillers, and toys can be used as rattles. High-quality plastic is not afraid of falls and bumps.
Textile toys are soft and non-hazardous. They can be machine washed. They are made of various materials, with different fillers. Such toys help to develop tactile sensations and motor skills of the baby's hands. But at the same time they are more quickly polluted and accumulate dust.
It is important to check all the details when choosing! In order to avoid chips, loose parts, the paint was applied evenly and did not peel off. Under no circumstances should toys exude odors and leave coloring traces. Such toys are a threat to the baby's health. The colors of the figures should be clear and simple. Acid colors are generally excluded from the environment of a young child.
What to look for when choosing a mobile for a newborn?
Manufacturers are trying to make mobiles not only a hanging toy for a crib. But also to supplement them with other functions that make this device multifunctional and more convenient.
Many devices come with a remote control. With it, you can adjust the sound, switch melodies and change the intensity of rotation at a distance. This gives the mother the opportunity to manipulate the device without falling into the field of vision of the baby and without being distracted from household chores.
Mobiles of the latest generation are able to automatically turn on when the baby wakes up.
The musical accompaniment may include one or more tunes. Some devices have the ability to switch music, while others do not. There are new products on the market in which music is recorded on an MP3 player. The removable music unit can be used in the future as a musical toy.
Some models are equipped with a backlight that looks spectacular in the dark. There are mobiles with built-in projectors when images of colored figures are projected onto the ceiling. Looking, their baby falls asleep.
Many models are supplemented with full-fledged lamps that can serve for many years even after the baby does not need a mobile anymore.
Major manufacturers of baby mobiles
Almost without exception, toy manufacturers also produce their own series of mobile phones. Among such a variety, it is not difficult to get lost. The price in most cases depends both on the quality of the product and on the “untwisted” brand. Most mobile phones are made in China.
The most popular are manufacturers such as
- Tinu Love produce bright mobiles, complemented by nightlights. Comfortable, beautiful, practical.
- Tomu - backlit mobile phones. Flashing lights while rotating toys fascinate babies. It is made in China.
- Chico - mobiles with a control panel. With it, you can not only turn the mobile on and off, but also adjust the volume and speed of rotation of the toy carousel. The device has a whole range of functions. The toy is produced in Italy.
- Tinu Princess is a series specially created for girls.
- Umka is a Russian manufacturer of toys. It has established itself as a reliable quality.
How to play?
0-2 months. Mobiles, pendants, extensions are good because they will be interesting to the child in the first months of life. It is enough to shake the suspension, pull the banner over the bed, just turn on the music mobile and the baby will begin to consider them, even if only for a few minutes.
2-3 months. The child is already able for some time to focus on the subject, trying to follow the toy, he is attracted to figures with the image of a human face. Turn the toy hanging over the baby in different directions and say as if on her behalf: "Baby, hello!" "How did you sleep?" etc. The child will try to grab the toy, and if he succeeds, he will be very happy. Change your voice by making replicas of the characters so that the little one hears a variety of sounds. Such a game develops hearing and small motor skills.
3-4 months. Now the kid is interested not only in considering toys, he needs to try to grab them. To the suspension or stretching, you can tie ribbons that will go down to the child’s hands. The kid will touch their ends, and squeezing and unclenching the fists, accidentally grab them. Unable to immediately release his prey from his hands, he will swing his arms, yank the tape and set in motion a suspended toy. Having released the tape and feeling its touch, the child will begin to squeeze and unclench his fists, grab the tape with his fingers again, yank it and again set the toy in motion.
5-6 months. The kid begins to purposefully pull the handles to touch the toys, bang the legs and handles on the figures to extract sound and set the suspension in motion. These exercises will make his movements more coherent and accurate, and the arms and legs strong.
Kruchinina Svetlana (Novgorod) We bought a child a mobile Totu Vini Pooh and were very disappointed. One of the most unsuccessful models. The backlight declared by the manufacturer is not at all. And the toy’s motor roars so that it drowns out the music.
Bolshakova Olga (city of Kurgan) The mobile was chosen for a long time, I wanted a universal toy. In the end, they chose Tinu Love and were satisfied. Firstly, there are three mounting methods so that it can be installed not only on the playpen, but also on the stroller or in the car seat. Secondly, bright toys and a large selection of tunes. The track list is already for 40 minutes. It is also possible to completely turn off the music so that the toys rotate. In general, we and our baby are satisfied.
Yavorskaya Irina (Safonovo city) Our grandfather was presented with a happy grandmother and grandfather immediately after birth. We installed it on the crib immediately. The kid was still small at first. To pay attention to all these pendants. But after 3 weeks I began to turn on soft music to him. He carefully watched the toys, listened to the melodic sounds. By the way, music also suits me quite well, it doesn’t bother me. Record is played about 20 minutes. Then we start again. Our son even spills out to the music. So convenient!
Novikova Anna (Volgograd) Friends gave our baby Chico mobile Sweet dreams. He is with soft toys that are being removed. They can be washed. Our daughter is already 1.5 years old, but she is happy to play with cute animals, which she is used to from infancy. I really liked the music selection. Even my husband was so used to falling asleep to music from a mobile, which in silence already cannot fall asleep.
Zolotareva Ksenia (Murmansk) They took their mobile Star Stars to their crumbs. Bright figures of animals attracted us. Satisfied with the quality of the product. One thing is bad, it's too big. It is necessary to remove it at all when changing the crib, so as not to interfere. Yes, and the baby is not very convenient to lay, he is well-fed.
Isaeva Diana (Kazan) Bought the Mobile World of Childhood to entertain the baby. But he quickly got tired of him. And he likes to sort out toys from him and rattle rattles rather than look at hanging objects and listen to monotonous music. In addition, they took it like a Russian toy. And on the box they found an inscription that was made in China.