How to Choose a Safe Mobile for Your Baby

Baby boy in crib looking up at a toy airplane mobile

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There are so many options for decorative mobiles on the market; it can make your head spin. The baby mobile can reflect your nursery theme, soothe your baby with movement and motion, and simply be darn cute. But before you hang it on the crib and step back in plum adoration, be sure you've selected one that won't harm your baby.

Securely Attach the Baby Mobile to the Crib

A fallen mobile can literally be a death trap for your infant. It can cause strangulation, suffocation, or entrapment. A scary thing for something meant to be cute and delight your baby.

To better protect your baby, make sure you have installed it according to the instructions. Periodically check the screws or fastening element for security and proper position.

Measure the String Length

If you purchase a baby mobile in stores today, you can be assured that it meets United States manufacturing guidelines. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of antique or homemade baby mobiles. To help prevent strangulation, measure the length of the strings.

Strings on mobiles should not exceed 7 inches in length, or else they become a threat to your baby.

Register Crib Toys With the Manufacturer

Despite the fact that newly purchased mobiles meet current standards, that doesn't mean it won't be recalled. Always be sure you register your crib toys and baby items with the manufacturer. That will keep you up-to-date on any potential recalls or warnings.

Don't Put the Mobile Within Reach

If the mobile is within grasping range of your little one's chubby hands, it's time to drop the mattress lower. You might be surprised at how strong your baby is.

A determined baby might be quite capable of plucking the mobile from its perch. That's why it is important that your child should never be able to grab or pull on the mobile.

Once your child can sit up, it's time to ditch the mobile completely.

A Word From Verywell

You will need to use precautions when you decide to place a baby mobile over the crib. Sometimes the choice seems out of your hands, as when a grandparent gifts you an heirloom mobile. Be sure to place the safety of your infant first and firmly insist that all guidelines be followed.

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