tiered pendant | cabinet latches | door hardware Now that we've painted the inside of the closet the sweetest, softest blush, the nursery is officially ready for furniture and organization! Although the large pieces in the room will be mostly neutral, …
  • Carol - November 1, 2017 - 7:45 AM

    So exciting! It looks great so far!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen - November 1, 2017 - 11:11 AM

    Your experience with colour matching is interesting, we had the complete opposite happen to us where the scan off the chip was WAY off and the computer system was spot on (it was a Behr paint colour at a non-Behr home store.) In our case we were able to take the tin back and they were able to correct it. Phew!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 1, 2017 - 11:16 AM

      Oh, interesting! Yeah, the guy at the paint counter was so patient and didn’t make me feel like a crazy person. He corrected it using the sample I had painted, and I was on my merry way!ReplyCancel

  • JoniB - November 1, 2017 - 12:17 PM

    I love that you painted the closet a special color, especially since you’ll be using your changing table in there. And what a great idea to paint the ceiling to match. It’s a nice little surprise in there!ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - November 1, 2017 - 1:38 PM

    I love the shade of pink you chose! It is so beautiful!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.comReplyCancel

  • Lyndsey - November 1, 2017 - 3:21 PM

    Motherhood and crying seem to go hand in hand! It’s the happy crying that is the best– it’s just overwhelming all the feelings :) The nursery looks so lovely, she’s going to be one very special little girl!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 1, 2017 - 3:37 PM

      I keep surprising myself with the times that I cry! I’ve always been a pretty sentimental person, but this has been quite the roller coaster, ha.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 1, 2017 - 3:39 PM

    I keep surprising myself with the times that I cry! I’ve always been a pretty sentimental person, but this has been quite the roller coaster, ha.ReplyCancel

  • Eric - November 1, 2017 - 5:07 PM

    It’s a beautiful shade of pink. Now, are you going to name her Molly? 😀ReplyCancel

  • Ann Tubbs - November 1, 2017 - 9:12 PM

    love the pink!ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine - November 2, 2017 - 5:21 PM

    I have had terrible luck with the home improvement stores mixing Benjamin Moore colors for me! They were ALWAYS off. It’s great to know that color matching the card worked instead–maybe I’ll give that a go next time!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - November 2, 2017 - 6:52 PM

    It’s lovely! I agree 100% about baby girl clothes, I’ve been known to buy baby girls clothes even when no baby is on the way.ReplyCancel

  • sarah - November 2, 2017 - 9:20 PM

    That shade of pink is amazing!! I’m pretty sure you found the perfect option. I love how muted and desaturated it is. Something your girl can grow into! PS. also loving everything about that closet situation.ReplyCancel

  • Dee - November 2, 2017 - 11:04 PM

    When you said you painted the ceiling as well I got so excited — I thought you meant the ceiling of the whole room! Would you ever consider that? I think it would be so dreamy in this space. Subtle, barely-there, just a special something extra.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 3, 2017 - 8:49 AM

      That would be really sweet as well, especially since the ceiling is so high, it wouldn’t feel overwhelming. Definitely something to consider… Hmmm…ReplyCancel

      • Dee - November 4, 2017 - 3:04 AM

        Exactly my thought. It would just bounce light around in a nice warm way.ReplyCancel

  • Isadora Guidoni - November 8, 2017 - 12:51 PM

    I love how it looks so far! Even more with the lights turned on, beautiful shade of pink!ReplyCancel

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When we moved into this century-old house more than 4(!) years ago, we had a lot to learn - and quick. Never having lived in a home more than a few decades old, naturally, we'd never seen lathe before. We were amazed when old toys and trinkets fell out of the walls we demoed. …
  • Kelly - October 24, 2017 - 9:00 AM

    This is such a great post, and these tips are fantastic!

    My family business is general contracting, and you’re right on the money! Another good thing to do is spend a few hours at your local zoning and building departments before you start getting your quotes. The requirements for your home could be completely different than those for other homes in your area depending on your particular jurisdiction, and it’s good to be able to make sure your contractor is not confused (or negligent) about what is required from a permitting standpoint. Also, avoid contractors who ask YOU to pull permits for them; usually if a homeowner is pulling a permit, it means the homeowner is assuming responsibility for the work being done to code. A contractor who asks you to do this is probably not licensed (red flag!) and is probably trying to avoid being legally responsible for his work.

    Also, sometimes a quality general contractor WILL require a signed contract to hold a date on the schedule. The good ones are often booked months in advance and won’t commit to working with you until you commit to working with them.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 24, 2017 - 9:26 AM

      Thank you for chiming in with this info! I’d like to add that even if signing a contract months in advance, I wouldn’t recommend providing any sort of ‘down payment.’ No money should be exchanged until the job starts.ReplyCancel

      • Kelly - October 24, 2017 - 9:55 AM

        You’re right that a “down payment” shouldn’t be a requirement for a spot on the schedule. However, it’s common for a reputable general contractor to require funds up front in certain circumstances. Let’s say your project requires custom windows with a 4 week lead time. The GC will likely put these on the payment schedule in advance of the work being done so that they don’t carry the costs of your windows in the event that you breach the contract during the period between the contract signing and the start date. Of course, you could always arrange to pay for the windows personally and keep the CG out of that loop altogether! Many contractors that deal only in specific trades ask you to pay directly for materials to prevent those kids of issue.ReplyCancel

        • Kim - October 24, 2017 - 10:59 AM

          That’s a great point! We actually paid for the windows in our bedroom and Scary Room renovations, rather than having our contractor act as the middle man. It made us feel better knowing that – worst case – no one was taking our money and using it on something else. We were burned once during our kithen renovation, and to say we’re extra cautious now would be an understatement!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - The Gold Hive - October 24, 2017 - 9:00 AM

    Perfect post! I would also add that personality can be important – primarily for big jobs. I’ve kicked out a contractor mid-bid because he was condescending, sexist, and rude. I wouldn’t haven been able to get along with him. It’s oddly like dating because you’ll be with this person for potentially months! And you’ll certainly have ups and downs to work through. I wanted someone I could communicate with, be honest with, and trust.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 24, 2017 - 9:23 AM

      Such a great comparison!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Glenn - October 24, 2017 - 9:35 AM

    This is a great post! I am a project manager for a GC/design+build firm in DC and from the contractor side, I agree with all of this. Any good contractor should be willing to meet you on site before they give you a quote. I love the advice about the lowest bidder. So often a contractor will only give you their price for labor and a few materials–think drywall but not cabinets, counter tops, or tile–or they will include allowances for materials that are WAY too low. Make sure that the contractor has a sense of the materials that you want to use. If you think you are going to want quartz counter tops, don’t let your contractor include an allowance for Grade 1 granite. You are so right about assuming nothing. I’m both a designer and a project manager and I routinely find myself needing to communicate decisions that my (wonderful!) carpenters wouldn’t necessarily make for themselves. It’s not wrong, we just assume different preferences. If you can hire someone with the ability to draw what you want, that’s even better! Then you leave even less up to chance. Good luck with your Tree House hiring!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 24, 2017 - 11:00 AM

      Thanks, Sarah! Love that you guys are chiming in and speaking from experience!ReplyCancel

  • Ardith - October 24, 2017 - 11:24 AM

    This is an excellent post and recommendations you guys. My husband and I had a residential property management company for seven years (not to mention experience with our own properties over more years), and finding quality vendors was/is always a challenge. We had less than a handful for the business that we could rely on throughout that period of time. As homeowners, it is still an ongoing issue.ReplyCancel

  • Haley - October 24, 2017 - 11:49 AM

    So this is convoluted and not related to this specific post, but seeing the in progress back deck photos made me click back to some garden apartment posts to see better how the access is from the back. And I ended up wondering if you guys painted the cinder blocks, walls, and exterior door frames of the garden. for some reason I couldn’t comment on the relevant post so I just came back here to ask.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 24, 2017 - 11:59 AM

      We did paint the exterior door frame to the garden apartment, but painting the cinder block foundation is still on our list! We were actually thinking we’d do so this fall (it was on our to-do list early this year), but then baby came along and other things took priority. Hopefully we’ll finally paint it next year! We also want to re-do the siding on the other 3 sides of our home and potentially pick a new paint color for the whole house, too. We have big plans for the outside, it’s just a matter of saving up and – relevant to this post – finding the right contractor for the job!ReplyCancel

  • Eric - October 25, 2017 - 6:05 AM

    Thnks Kim, for all these great tips and suggestions. I know I have had problems with contractors, and all of my local friends have had problems with contractors. I think that’s one of the reasons so many people have gone the DIY route.ReplyCancel

  • Lesley - October 25, 2017 - 7:13 AM

    Good tips, But I think the most important one before hiring is check out people they’ve previously done work for. A personal reference is really priceless. My husband is an electrical contractor and as far as quotes go, he hates them, because he can spend hours on them knowing full well the person wanting it is going to take it to another tradesman to under cut him. So basically a lot of his work is just people recommending him to their friends and colleagues. Anyway, some great tips there and I can’t wait to see what you do with the new Lake House. Very exciting!
    xxReplyCancel

  • Rosie - October 25, 2017 - 12:34 PM

    Another tip – once you find one really solid contractor that you trust, ask them who they recommend for your other jobs. Our excavator was really great, and he recommended our plumber, who also turned out to be great. Our wonderful electrician recommended a plaster guy who was wonderful too. Since all the trades interact with each other on job sites, they all know who does good work and who doesn’t, who is likely to be flaky, or a pain to work with, etc. Once you find one good one, the rest are much easier to find!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 25, 2017 - 12:53 PM

      Yes, 100%!ReplyCancel

    • Kathy - November 7, 2017 - 12:20 PM

      I totally agree with this and it reminds me of a saying that I often use: “How you do anything is how you do everything”

      If a contractor is ethical and does good work, then chances are he/she will only recommend or associate with other contractors that are equally ethical and skilled.ReplyCancel

  • Molly - October 25, 2017 - 3:17 PM

    Finding a contractor for anything has been challenging in our city (wanted to add a vent in our bathroom: one quote was twice the other one, the first guy was late/lost our appointment, a third never showed up). A friend’s contractor started the job, subs did the job, but contractor took the money and ran. My friend was left with a lawsuit from the subs and a project they had to pay more to finish (and I didn’t think the job was very well done). Another friend’s contractor left town to participate in a reality tv show (so, no longer working in the biz). The house next door is under construction, but there has been no progress for months. Another house in the neighborhood is using a contractor that was recommended, but when we called, they never answered and went to someone’s private voicemail (no “thanks for calling Bill at XYZ Construction”). Neighbors have said that many contractors require fees for quotes. Have you ever paid for a quote on a project?

    We are at the beginning of the planning stages for a big project on our house (basement finish and kitchen remodel). Our house is small: <1100 sf. We met a contractor recently, who came to our house and walked through the project with us. I think he was expecting a bigger project and after spending an hour with us and waiting another week, he told us that his schedule changed and he wouldn't be able to give us a bid. I'm afraid we'll never find someone! I'm wondering if a better approach is to hire an architect to design everything and go with contractors they know and trust (you didn't mention hiring a professional designer in your post) rather than relying on the contractor to draw it for you.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 25, 2017 - 3:25 PM

      Molly, we are so sorry to hear you going through this! It can be one of the most frustrating parts of any home renovation, when you’d think they were there to make your lives easier. It doesn’t always seem to be the case, sadly. (Which is why when you DO find a good one, you hold on for dear life and never let go!). To answer your question, no, we have NEVER paid for a quote, and that concept sounds a bit nuts, honestly.

      You bring up a good point about hiring a designer first, and I think that can be a fantastic idea! We dive into that on this post when we first began our big bed, bath and laundry renovation: http://www.yellowbrickhome.com/2015/11/03/bed-bath-laundry-but-first-bath/

      Through our designer/space planner, Jen, we found our contractor that we still use to this day. Jen did walk throughs with 3 different GCs with us, and although the one we chose wasn’t the lowest bid (as I mentioned above, that’s not always a good thing), we felt the most comfortable with his personality and professionalism. I remember when we first met with him, he took his shoes off at our door, which was only the first of many things he did that made me happy!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - October 25, 2017 - 9:28 PM

    One thing to add is that we make it difficult for contractors as well, it’s just human nature and being on the look out for “the best deal” when that really should mean “the best work.” But you can only pick one person to work with, and that way you can’t really compare.

    Another thought is that this is a good field for persnikity people to go into. I sometimes think that everyone else has all these skills and I am skill-less, but I am fairly competent myself, I should probably be a general contractor!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola O. - October 26, 2017 - 11:36 AM

    We had a bathroom reno done a couple years ago. We did go with a lower cost contractor and it turned out ok, but we were not blown away. What I learned — specify EVERYTHING, every fixture, every location. We approved the shower fixtures, for example, but the towel racks were too short and they mounted the toilet paper dispenser in a stupid place.

    The other thing I wanted– and I’m curious to know if others think this is reasonable– is a daily check-in at the end of day from the GC to tell me a) what was accomplished; b) when/if anyone is showing up the next day; and c) if they have any questions or need anything from us to move forward. I was working full time, and while my husband was home to let people in and out, he often didn’t see the GC, just the crews that would randomly show up any time between 7 am and noon.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 26, 2017 - 2:41 PM

      I don’t think your request would be unreasonable AT ALL. We’ve asked the same from past contractors, and I would say they listen most of the time – ha! For example, we’re currently having work done on the Tree House, and although we’ve met with them for two walk throughs in person and they’ve promised to keep us informed every day, we hear from them probably every other day. We’re fine with it, but we’ve found that it’s REALLY hard to get a contractor to get in touch every day. Perhaps they feel it might be a bit micromanage-y? Would love to know others’ thoughts on this!ReplyCancel

  • Julie K - October 27, 2017 - 9:14 PM

    I’m currently working with a contractor on a project that is taking FOREVER. Over three months to finish our garage… not starting from the ground up- just insulating, Sheetrock, and a few other things. We haven’t paid anything for the project yet, and I’m shocked that the company isn’t getting their act together to finish more quickly.

    A friend recently said that they write an outside date into their contracts, and they specify that they will pay 5% less if the project is not done by that date. I’d never have thought to do that, but wishing now I had (when I haven’t used my garage in three months). Anyone else do something like this before?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 28, 2017 - 4:52 PM

      Ugh, sorry to hear! You know, we’ve heard of that before, but we’ve never done it ourselves. I always feel a little icky about it for some reason? There’s also the possibility that something else can come up, which pushes back the estimated finish date as well. I’d love to hear from anyone in the business if this is acceptable or frowned upon!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - November 11, 2017 - 4:15 PM

    We just went through a situation with a contractor we’d hired through our realtor who was supposed to make some repairs to the house prior to us moving in. To sum it up, it was a mess, and I paid the jerk off to avoid him placing a builder’s lien against our house, but I will never again hire a contractor where I don’t have a very specific contract which includes walk-throughs and approval of any changes to the bill of materials or schedule of work prior to executing – and being billed for it. I will definitely be using your tips when we have our next professional work done!!ReplyCancel

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chunky throw | linen bedding | velvet pillow | stripe pillow | lamps (similar) | shades This post is in partnership with Bali Blinds +
  • Monica - October 19, 2017 - 8:41 AM

    Great job – I love ALL of these rooms!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - The Gold Hive - October 19, 2017 - 8:42 AM

    What amazing makeovers! Patterned window treatments have always intimidated me but those shades in Dave & Carmen’s room are the bee’s knees. And that dog bed cutout is too sweet!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 19, 2017 - 11:41 AM

      Me, too, but I was excited that they were willing to go for it! With everything else being so neutral, it works, and I’m so happy we chose pattern.ReplyCancel

  • Lori - October 19, 2017 - 9:44 AM

    That green room!ReplyCancel

  • Charity - October 19, 2017 - 10:44 AM

    Where is rug in the green room from?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 19, 2017 - 10:47 AM

      Most room sources are listed below each makeover, but it looks like that one came from MegMade – I’d check with them to see how it can be purchased!ReplyCancel

  • alicia - October 19, 2017 - 5:06 PM

    I just put that same rug from the first reno in my living room! I’ve gotten some compliments from friends, but how ironic that you chose the same EXACT rug. Love it! I’ve been looking for deep blue & yellow accents (but also to brighten up the room since we have a large dark brown couch) and that rug has really helped! My next upgrade to my living rm will be to remove some of the couch sections and add a wingback chair with the same blue – I wish I could rock that velvet couch, it’s badass!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 20, 2017 - 10:58 AM

      A wingback paired with that rug is always a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Stoner - October 19, 2017 - 6:47 PM

    I love that jute rug but the link isn’t working for me!? Now I’m Googling “soft jute rug” like crazy!
    CarolynReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 19, 2017 - 9:02 PM

      They’re so hard to find! We were all pleasantly surprised, and we chose it based on the great reviews. Try this link: http://bit.ly/2yBtRG8ReplyCancel

  • AmandaKB - October 19, 2017 - 10:05 PM

    I love all of these rooms… but those green walls get all the heart eyes from me!!! We have a bold navy in our sun porch, and it’s my absolute favorite. I’m all about a cozy punch of color :)ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - October 21, 2017 - 12:19 AM

    These spaces are all incredible! I’m obsessed!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.comReplyCancel

  • Weekend Reading – drewloweryblog - October 21, 2017 - 2:39 PM

    […] Nice work on these three different room redos. […]ReplyCancel

  • BJZ - October 24, 2017 - 6:05 AM

    Great work guys all the rooms looks beautiful. The dog and the bed for dog is sweet. Thank you for sharing full story here. Keep these great articles coming. Cheers.ReplyCancel

  • Karen T. - October 26, 2017 - 8:35 PM

    All fabulous but that green room is DIVINE. Do you have a source for that chunky leaning mirror?ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - November 4, 2017 - 10:21 PM

    Those colora are similar to what I have and/or want. Nice!!! Can I see their Kitchen?ReplyCancel

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With all the muchlargerprojects on our plate as of late, it is extremely satisfying to check off a quick, (way) less-than-one-hour job. You saw in our closet plans that we'll be hanging a mirror above the changing table, and being …
  • Katy DeBardelaben - October 17, 2017 - 7:43 AM

    I’m sure you know this, by that mirror will need to be super extra heavy duty secured to the wall. Wrangling a wiggly baby below a mirror is a dicey situation so just be on the super safe side. Just google security hardware and ou should be set. :)ReplyCancel

  • Eric - October 17, 2017 - 8:52 AM

    So I have a question – is it a paint, or is it a polish?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 17, 2017 - 10:06 AM

      It’s… a paste? Sort of looks like toothpaste!ReplyCancel

  • Robin - October 17, 2017 - 10:37 AM

    I’ve never tried this, but I am intrigued. I had no idea there was an ebony version.

    Copy editor in me notices: in 2nd-to-last paragraph, I think you meant “inexpensive”?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 17, 2017 - 10:49 AM

      Right! Thanks for catching that. :)ReplyCancel

  • Mary - October 17, 2017 - 11:46 AM

    I picked up a light fixture in Des Moines Iowa from West End Salvage. (Have you ever seen their TV show?)
    The metal parts are brushed silver. Will the European Gold paste completely cover the silver? I don’t want to have to take the light fixture apart to spray paint it.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 17, 2017 - 12:52 PM

      I’ve seen examples online that show it would work! Just tape off the silver and you may need a few coats.ReplyCancel

    • beth - October 17, 2017 - 7:57 PM

      whether the rub n’buff will work depends on the type of metal. i tried to change up a silver plated frame and it didn’t work at all. the paste just buffed off completely. i think if the finish is too shiny it doesn’t work.
      bethReplyCancel

  • Loryn - October 17, 2017 - 12:42 PM

    I used Rub n Buff on the hardware of a thrift store dresser I picked up in college (1995!). I’ve repainted the dresser four times, but I’ve never had to retouch the hardware.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Bedard - October 17, 2017 - 1:40 PM

    I love Rub n’ Buff! I’ve used it for years. This week I used silver leaf to change gold picture frames to silver. They look great, and it’s so much faster, easier and cheaper than having artwork reframed! I think it’s a bit like using liquid wax on a car.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - October 17, 2017 - 5:19 PM

    I have RNB’d several times, but the biggest project was our bathroom sconce in the antique gold. It owns the look, but I don’t know that I’d do it again. I think RNB works beautifully on textured surfaces (your mirror, for instance); not so much when it is applied to something smooth. Too waxy and crafty a look for my taste.ReplyCancel

  • Safety Dennis - November 4, 2017 - 6:47 PM

    My wife loves your blog, and we’re also expecting our first little one!

    Great idea to open the windows and use gloves when working with this stuff. In the future, to better guard against inhaling vapors, look for a respirator that accepts cartridges, and go for the black-colored cartridges for organic vapors. The mask shown is only good to protect you against particulates – vapors pass right through. My wife and I love the look you achieved and she is about to try the same technique for a similar mirror in our nursery – thanks for the mirror makeover tips!ReplyCancel

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1 | 2 | 3 | 4 Our brains feel so full at the moment, that every decision in the nursery has us - me? - second guessing. Do we need this? Do we need that? Ultimately, our hope is to get …
  • Anna - October 12, 2017 - 6:24 AM

    I know we had one for my first (who is now 8) but I think we skipped it with the younger two. What held my babies’ attention more was a little mirror in the crib so they could admire their reflections. Bonus is that it’s easy to take with you when you travel.

    Like this:
    https://smile.amazon.com/Skip-Hop-Silver-Lining-Activity/dp/B01HG1LAJA/ref=sr_1_9_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1507807352&sr=8-9&keywords=crib+mirrorReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 8:58 AM

      Ooh, I love that idea. That mirror is so sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Eric - October 12, 2017 - 6:41 AM

    Our kiddo, now 5 had a colorful hot air ballon mobile. I remember having a fish mobile and my parents have repeatedly told me that ishes (add an F at the front) was my first word.ReplyCancel

  • Aisling - October 12, 2017 - 6:52 AM

    We had a noble over the changing table to distract our baby, very useful for distraction during changes. The biggest problem is that babies like bright garish colors that clash and grown ups tend to prefer quieter color combos.ReplyCancel

    • Vanessa - October 20, 2017 - 2:05 PM

      I second the one over the changing table! The best distraction. Beside the crib we have a light/white noise machine that projects stars/moon on the ceiling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbjsp0LzLsoReplyCancel

    • Vanessa - October 20, 2017 - 2:05 PM

      I second the one over the changing table! The best distraction. Beside the crib we have a light/white noise machine that projects stars/moon on the ceiling. It also helps that I don’t have to worry about hitting the mobile picking up the baby during sleep deprived night feedings.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbjsp0LzLsoReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - October 12, 2017 - 7:12 AM

    I made one out of cardstock paper triangles in different colors and patterns and attached them to the inside hoop of an embroidery hoop. I love how it looks and he did like watching it when he was a little guy when the fan or heat would blow it around. That being said, I don’t think it is necessary! It’s def not going to help with sleep (although it might keep your little one distracted for a few minutes). They look really pretty though!ReplyCancel

  • Jess - October 12, 2017 - 7:14 AM

    Ugh this is something we’re struggling with! I think we’re leaning toward no mobile right now but I’m not 100% sold either way.ReplyCancel

  • Haley - October 12, 2017 - 7:24 AM

    We’ve never had a mobile for our babies. I’m kind of thinking of making one for my 1 year old now. There are so many adorable choices.ReplyCancel

  • StephanieZ - October 12, 2017 - 7:32 AM

    This doesn’t fit withh your theme, but pink cheek studios on etsy makes the most amazing mobiles. I’ve bought one for friends and also gotten the cutest custom made dolls from her as well.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 8:56 AM

      What a cute shop! Love the personalization options.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - October 12, 2017 - 7:34 AM

    We didn’t with any of our 3 kids. They are only in the crib when they sleep, so I didn’t see any reason to have one and never missed it!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Simon - October 12, 2017 - 7:38 AM

    This was one thing I was stumped on too! I liked the idea of a mobile as more of an art piece in the room. With my daughter we ended up going without the mobile, as her room came together I realized I didn’t need one. I had also read some articles about mobiles being distracting to babies when they are trying to fall asleep.

    However, with my sons nursery I ended up making him a mobile for his space themed room. I used glow in the dark 3D planets and it turned out really cute!

    I do think a mobile over a changing table is a much better place – that’s where they need to be distracted! We have a pegboard above our changing table with all of the supplies and we ended up hanging a toy from that!ReplyCancel

    • Janet - October 12, 2017 - 2:02 PM

      Mobile over a change table seems like a good idea I never considered before! How do you make sure it is now in changer’s way though?ReplyCancel

      • 'col - October 15, 2017 - 8:41 AM

        My kid’s dad and I are both short, but we hung ours at the end where baby’s head would be and it was never a problem for us. Mirror near the change table is good too–babies love to look at faces, and it stays funny/interesting to them as they grow.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - October 12, 2017 - 7:49 AM

    My boys were completely enamored with the ceiling fan. Nothing could compare.ReplyCancel

    • Jacki - October 12, 2017 - 8:38 AM

      Ditto with my son. Fan was one of his first and favorite words. He did have a mobile, and it did entertain him. But honestly, I wish I had it over the changing table to distract him rather than over the crib.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 8:56 AM

      Ha, love it!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - October 12, 2017 - 7:56 AM

    My baby is DELIGHTED by his mobile (this beauty – http://amzn.to/2wPOBrV). He can be soothed by it when he’s crying or enchanted by it when we need a hands free moment.

    We use this little gadget to turn it and play music which, I think, is where the magic is.
    http://amzn.to/2i8Z5Ah

    I was so against it initially but my husband convinced me and with the sticker peeled off, it’s honestly not that aesthetically horrible! And the joy that Theo gets from it is so worth it.ReplyCancel

  • Tricia - October 12, 2017 - 7:59 AM

    I didn’t get a mobile. It was one of the things I skipped to save money (there’s so much other stuff to buy!) My daughter slept in a bassinet until 3 months and napped in various places. It’s also recommended to take a mobile down when they can pull themselves up to standing (unless you hang it high out of reach, I guess) so for us it would have been “useful” for a few months. I do appreciate them as a cute accessory but I doubt they’re really that useful. My daughter was more enamored with the black and white patterned curtains we had in her room.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 9:00 AM

      Luckily our ceilings are pretty high in that room, so we could hang it up and out of the way, but that’s definitely something to thank about. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia - October 12, 2017 - 8:00 AM

    My advise is this: get something thinking about your baby, not about what fits with your decoration… The combination of sights and sounds can really help babies develop their sensory integration skills. Those white or monochromatic mobiles are completely boring.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy G. - October 12, 2017 - 8:26 AM

    Mobiles have come a long way. You’ve linked such beautiful options. I do not think there is a right answer. If you like mobiles, go for it. I do second the mirror idea. Babies do love to look at themselves.

    The little lumps don’t do much of anything for the first few weeks, so there’s no rush. :DReplyCancel

  • Katie - October 12, 2017 - 8:31 AM

    I just straight up want #14 – the moon phase mobile. Like it’s added to a pinterest board right now. And I don’t have any kids/plans for any kids. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 8:54 AM

      I think it’s acceptable for adults as well. :)ReplyCancel

  • katie - October 12, 2017 - 8:31 AM

    We had one for both kids (the same one) – I don’t think they ever really looked at it, so I don’t know that it was needed. But it did add some color to the space, we used the one below.

    For music we had a sleep sheep that was attached to the side of the crib (outside) – that played some noises as they went to sleep, both kids loved that when they were little.

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/202662051959729630/ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 8:54 AM

      That one keeps popping up in my searches, too! Love the colors.ReplyCancel

    • Brooke - October 12, 2017 - 10:19 AM

      I love that one! I don’t have kids but I’d be tempted just to buy it :)ReplyCancel

  • Katie Richards - October 12, 2017 - 8:32 AM

    We went with a paper cloud and airplane mobile from Etsy and still have it up in our 3 year old’s room. It’s light enough that the air circulation from the HVAC will cause it to move and he still likes to watch it at night before falling asleepReplyCancel

  • Ashley- At Home with Ashley - October 12, 2017 - 9:08 AM

    I made one for my son when he was a few months old. I probably hung it too low because he had grabbed and ripped the little felt elephants down a few times. The tutorial for making it is one of the most popular on my blog. I bet a DIY modern mobile would be amazing! I felt like it completed the room, but I’m not sure if it actually helped his sleep…ReplyCancel

  • Emily - October 12, 2017 - 9:09 AM

    We went with fairly simple mobiles for each of our kids. They matched the ‘theme’ of their rooms.

    If I had to do it again, though, I would get one with lots of bright colors, and lots of contrast, esp black and white. That is what babies see best.ReplyCancel

  • Anna - October 12, 2017 - 9:12 AM

    Neither of my kids had mobiles, but both of them do have something hanging off their ceiling (just not literally on top of their heads. My daughter has a hot-air balloon http://authenticmodels.com/collection2/shop/flight/royal-aero-rainbow/ and my son has an aeroplane http://authenticmodels.com/collection2/shop/flight/flying-circus-jenny-medium/.

    I didn’t set out not to have mobiles, but when I found the balloon (my daughter is 4, so this is 5 years ago!) I just couldn’t leave the balloon out of her room. It worked out for the best because at her 6-week check our nurse told us she looked very visual and would be easiest to put to sleep if we took away everything that might be visually interesting (like a mobile) and play soft music instead. Worked like a charm. Sadly the nurse also said she would never sleep well in a pram for the same reason and would only nap properly at home in her controlled visual environment. This proved very true (our nurse is AMAZING), if a bit inconvenient!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 9:23 AM

      Wow, those are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Shauna - October 12, 2017 - 9:24 AM

    No mobile for us. We bought one and never hung it! We used one of those wooden play gyms from IKEA instead and THAT was the best. It took her from newborn to toddler and she played with it differently during different phases. And we could move it from room to room. Also we ended up moving the changing pad from the dresser to the floor once she started flipping over so the play gym was also great for distracting her during changes.

    Also, y’all should paint the floors in your new Michigan place. We bought an old house with painted floors. I never would have done it myself but I’m so glad the previous owners did. They are great! Highly recommended!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - October 12, 2017 - 9:51 AM

    We had one over the changing table rather than the crib. Ours was forest animals, and she LOVED it—a great distraction for diaper changes, and overloaded our brains with cuteness whenever she was “talking” to her animal buddies.ReplyCancel

  • HeatherB - October 12, 2017 - 9:54 AM

    We had mobiles for our son, not our daughter (not intentionally omitted for her…she just didn’t have a bedroom for the first 9 months!). I had one on my son’s crib, which was good. The one that was an unexpected help is the one we put over the changing table. Especially as he got a little older (and more wiggly!), the movement and music were a GOD SEND! The only thing that saved us on many a diaper change. I love the beautiful mobiles they have today, but the music is a nice element to the old-fashioned plush and plastic wind-up mobiles of yore!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - October 12, 2017 - 10:02 AM

    I had mobiles for both of mine, but we put them over their changing tables where they need more distraction. They were often a godsend when they didn’t want to stay still for a diaper change.ReplyCancel

  • SEM - October 12, 2017 - 10:10 AM

    I think they are precious. I am drawn to the simple neutral shapes, but I am not sure what is most comforting or stimulating for littles. Have you considered making one with a weathered stick and some found objects, like shells or feathers? I think over a changing table might be nice too… for when baby gets more fidgety and you’d prefer her hands away from her business.

    :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 10:23 AM

      Sadly, a mobile over the changing table might not be possible in our closet solution, but we’ll have a mirror there!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - October 12, 2017 - 10:18 AM

    Our mobile is over our changing pad, as many other commenters have said. It’s been awesome! Our first was an early roller and it was very hard to change her diapers. The mobile bought us enough time to get her changed! I made the one we have and it was gender-neutral and a labor of love so one used it with all the babies. It’s so sweet to have something that has connected all three.ReplyCancel

  • Sasha - October 12, 2017 - 10:37 AM

    We debated this too and ultimately got this paper bunny one for our little girl: https://www.houzz.com/product/95367275-circular-bunnies-mobile-contemporary-baby-mobiles (note: the string is fine and white, not blue as it appears here and the arms are very fine metal wire. The rabbits are white and gray)

    The company (Flensted: http://www.flensted-mobiles.com) has some beautiful, not-overly-cutesy but still recognizable animal mobiles and I liked how this was lightweight, moves well in the breeze/fan, and is geometric. I’m a big fan and our daughter LOVES it. We hung it from the ceiling but on the lower side and it just floats above the crib. My husband and I both knock into it all the time and it’s held up beautifully to the contact, which we often don’t even notice- something which might get annoying with a heavier piece.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 10:43 AM

      Those mobiles are so pretty! Thanks for the link. :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily - October 12, 2017 - 11:14 AM

    We have one, but we put it above the changing table! It’s a GREAT distraction during diaper changes as he becomes more mobile. ;) He loves looking at it! Here’s a picture of the one we have!http://www.everythingwasgood.com/2017/06/05/nursery-tour/ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 11:21 AM

      What a beautiful nursery, Emily! Taking notes. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Ally - October 12, 2017 - 11:15 AM

    I don’t have kids so I can’t weigh in on IF you should get one. But I can say that the very simple ones really caught my eye – for me! The brass shapes and the agate mobiles would be something I would hang in a corner of my house. I just can’t help but think how classy and nostalgic a piece like this hanging in a window somewhere when your little girl upgrades to a big girl room could be! Think how sad it would be to one day have to get rid of all the little memorable pieces of her baby room eventually – this way you can still hang on to a little piece of baby-her :) I hear it goes faster than you think!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - October 12, 2017 - 11:25 AM

    I have the felt wool bunnies from RH in my daughter’s room and I cried when my husband hung it! It felt like the finishing touch to the room. Definitely not a necessity but such a sweet addition!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 11:34 AM

      The felt bunnies kill me! You’re gonna make me cry!ReplyCancel

  • Lu Ann Freeman - October 12, 2017 - 11:26 AM

    We have a homemade himili one, I personally love that it is dimensional from the baby’s point of view as well as from a standing adults. Doesn’t hurt that’s it’s also pretty.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer G. - October 12, 2017 - 11:48 AM

    My verdict after four kids: show.ReplyCancel

  • Annie - October 12, 2017 - 12:14 PM

    We got this plastic, not pretty, mobile for our baby http://a.co/0A83AAU. Did it match our nursery decor? Nope! Did our baby love it? Yes! The high contrast black and white images are great for visual development. I fought it hard, since I was imagining something more pretty (which, let’s be honest is more for the parents than the baby, right?) But in the end, my husband won.ReplyCancel

  • Susie - October 12, 2017 - 12:23 PM

    We’re completing our little boys nursery for this falls One Room Challenge and already picked #5 for our mobile! I love that it’s part of your roundup because we love YBH’s style!
    Honestly though, they really aren’t a nessesity, our first was never all that interested. And my husband hit his head on it… so we will see how long this next one stays up lol!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 2:09 PM

      Ooh, have you received it yet? Would love to know your thoughts seeing it in person!ReplyCancel

  • Raha Hezar - October 12, 2017 - 12:56 PM

    You don’t “need” one, but there is something sweet and quintessential nursery to a mobile. Neither of my kids really cared about theirs and were enamored by the ceiling fan like others have mentioned, but Im still happy we got one. The nursery as a whole is more for the parent. Making it cute and sweet is for us (the baby would be content in a hideous pack-n-play in some non decorated room) so I say go for it!! Get the mobile you love! Make it the room you love! You deserve it!!ReplyCancel

  • Pat DonBrosky - October 12, 2017 - 1:04 PM

    The Bunnies, THE BUNNIES!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 2:09 PM

      Right?! They are the CUTEST!ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - October 12, 2017 - 1:11 PM

    Those mobiles are all so cute! We never had one for either of our kids but I love how they look!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.comReplyCancel

  • Kaleigh - October 12, 2017 - 1:31 PM

    A friend of ours knit us a gorgeous little mobile, otherwise we would not likely have had one. In saying that though, our son loves it. I hope that it finds him comfort each night.ReplyCancel

  • Emily S - October 12, 2017 - 1:53 PM

    I agree with others. Babies like bright colors, this is waht they will be able to see first with their poor vision shortly after birth. We had a neutral room, but then I had my crib below the window and had some bright colorful curtains there, and my baby would wake up and not cry, but stare at the bright curtains. She loved them. I understand the desire for a neutral calm photogenic nursery, but don’t rob your baby of the fun that they have of looking around at all things colorful.ReplyCancel

  • Anne - October 12, 2017 - 2:07 PM

    We don’t have a mobile over the crib, but do over the changing pad. We had enough sleep issues in a dark room with white noise that I can’t imagine the distraction of one over the crib.
    If you decide to go with a mobile, look up at it from the bottom – that’s the angle she’ll be looking from. So many people (bloggers, anyway) seem to choose beautiful, sculptural, almost monochromatic mobiles that have zero interest when viewed from below. I made pinwheels from double sided scrapbook paper, choosing high contrast patterns that worked with our colors.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - October 12, 2017 - 2:11 PM

    We didn’t put a mobile up until our son was about 2 months old. We gave him a simple one with knit dogs on it from Pottery Barn for Christmas. He sort of noticed it at first, but became increasingly aware and enamored with it as he got older. Even when he was about 5 months, I could pop him in his crib and crank the music box to entertain him while I did simple tasks, like put away his laundry. I definitely recommend one with music, too.ReplyCancel

  • Taylor - October 12, 2017 - 2:58 PM

    I have a mobile for my daughter. I made a hanging pom pom mobile similar to this: http://www.aburstofbeautiful.com/2015/05/diy-pom-pom-mobile.html/ Although I made mine white monochromatic, removed the pom poms between the hoop and the hook, and made the hanging bits different lengths.

    Can’t say my daughter looked at it much. She spent the first 4 months in a bassinet in our room anyways. Mostly it is just pretty.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - October 12, 2017 - 3:06 PM

    We ended up moving the mobile over the changing table–we ended up spending a LOT of time there and the mobile was SO helpful. We would tell little stories and make up songs about the mobile animals. It was high contrast and garish looking which newborns seem to love. I think if you are selecting one for the crib you can go more neutral as I don’t know any newborns who have actually slept in their crib. :) The crib mobile will be for your design pleasure and then hopefully soothing for your 6 month old. Remember to think about what it looks like from below and as much as I like graphics, my baby liked things best she could give names to and saw repeated in books–it is exciting to make connections.ReplyCancel

  • Cair - October 12, 2017 - 4:06 PM

    I didn’t have one for my daughter, and she grew up ok, phi beta kappa even. I do like the idea of something over the changing table though. A few extra seconds of distraction there is worth a lot.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - October 12, 2017 - 4:20 PM

    I have the felt bunny mobile for my 4 month old and it is adorable! Very well made, so sweet with he perfect amount of whimsy. I hope you guys go for a mobile!ReplyCancel

  • Zandy - October 12, 2017 - 5:23 PM

    Love all these options! One thing to think about is where your monitor will be located/ what type of monitor you use (if you’re getting one). We have the Nest and it pings you every time there is movement or sound in the room. A mobile would trigger it more often than your baby moving her sleep 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Molly - October 12, 2017 - 6:27 PM

    Before I read this, I thought to myself “oh it’s not really necessary. I didn’t have one growing up and I’m not torn up about it. Besides it’s hard to see the mobiles in some of the pictures at the top anyway.” But now I’m thinking “I have to choose only ONE favorite?!?” They’re all so cute and I didn’t know that I could love mobiles this much 😋 For what it’s worth my favorites are 3, 7, 9, 11, and 12. (Sorry I couldn’t narrow it down more) I got especially excited with number 3 because the llamas seem hilariously sassy to me for some reason and the pom poms would compliment the curtains you picked out! Also the shade of pink in it is a sweet touch that could tie the pink from the closet in to make the room flow together. And if you do end up going with the neutral color room option then it would add interest without being too loud of an addition. I’d imagine they are useful for keeping baby preoccupied or distracting her from crying, but I’m sure you’ve done the research. As always thanks for sharing! Believe it or not this blog gives me so much happiness and gets me through tough times (like when I have to pull an all nighter to study before an exam and I fiiiinally get a break and reward myself with a read on your page). On top of that I stumbled upon your home tour video at a time when I was really questioning my passions and your posts guided me away from a path that wouldn’t have been a good fit for me, so thanks for that too!! It’s kind of crazy that you two have made such an impact on my life and we don’t really know each other. Anyway good luck in your mobile decision!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 13, 2017 - 10:10 AM

      Hi Molly! You pretty much narrowed it down to our favorites as well, haha. Just when I think I definitely want the felt bunnies, I think about the pink llamas for the same reason you mentioned. So difficult when so many of them are adorable!

      And thank you very much for the kind words. It means so much to us that we can be a little bright spot for you, but the feedback we receive from our readers makes us smile extra big. It’s a win-win, it seems. :DReplyCancel

  • Melissa - October 12, 2017 - 7:25 PM

    I would call mobiles decorative accessories, not a necessity. We had a battery operated one and my daughter liked it but the real winner with both kids was an obnoxious fish tank that played music. No matter how much we try, it’s rare for kids to like the pretty toys – they like the ugly, noisy toys the best!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth - October 12, 2017 - 8:22 PM

    We did have a mobile! It was made by a local to us company and had blue and orange birds (https://www.dundryhill.com). What I most liked about it, though, is that it was actually interesting to look at lying down underneath. Most mobiles I’ve found don’t seem like they’d actually be that interesting for the baby, which to me defeats the purpose!ReplyCancel

    • 'col - October 15, 2017 - 8:48 AM

      This is super important! If the mobile is for decoration, that’s totally fine, but if you want baby to engage with it there has to be something for her to look at from her perspective.

      Which helps me clarify my ideas, I guess: I lean no mobile over the crib (crib is a sleeping place, she says idealistically, having had a child who barely ever slept there…), but absolutely get one for decor if you love it. Then hang it so the baby can see it when you’re holding her; it will be something fun for the two of you to do when she’s a few months old.ReplyCancel

  • Jane - October 12, 2017 - 8:46 PM

    We got one for Maple from the Moma store. I loved it b/c it was (is) birds, and is pretty enough to be appreciated for years. It’s art, after all. We hung in a corner of the room, not over the crib, because I read the concept that baby should be choosing to look at it, not be stuck seeing it every time she’s lying looking straight up. I liked that idea. It sounds kinda wacky when I type it, though :)

    To be honest, she’s been interested in it like once or twice, in over 2 years…but I LOVE IT! lol.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Putnam - October 12, 2017 - 8:48 PM

    My sister-in-law made half a dozen cute tissue paper puffs that hung at my baby shower and we opted just to hang those above the crib. Both of my boys were entranced watching them sway in the breeze from their ceiling fan. It was an easy way to keep them entertained for a few minutes if I had to leave them in their crib to tend a quick emergency (a quick scrub and outfit change after a ridiculous diaper blow out, an urgent boo-boo for big brother, or a dinner that needs rescued from the oven). I had no plans to hang anything over the crib until I saw the puffs at my shower, so you could always put a pin in it and see if inspiration strikes later!ReplyCancel

  • Marisa - October 12, 2017 - 10:46 PM

    We had a mobile over the changing table (which was just a dresser with a pad on top) for both of our daughters and it was great entertainment for them during diaper changes. They both slept in our bed for the first year but we wouldn’t have wanted extra stimulation where they were sleeping.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - October 13, 2017 - 6:48 AM

    If you want a mobile for room decor, go for it but it won’t likely be “used” much by baby. It is definitely not a necessity. I bought a simple Ikea one and never ended up hanging it. Having some kind of play mat that you can hang toys over their heads will get a lot more use than an over-the-crib mobile. You can get a little collection of little hanging toys that clip to those plastic rings and swap out the toys on the play mat, and you can also use them to hang toys on the car seat handle.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda B - October 13, 2017 - 8:39 AM

    Before my first child was born, I meticulously made a mobile very much like that felt bunnies one, only with paper airplanes made of storybook pages. I don’t think he noticed it until he was about 3, lol. What he did love was the tacky battery-powered music-playing light-up spinning mobile we bought out of desperation to help him go to sleep on his own.

    I still LOVE the paper airplane mobile I made! If you have the mindset that a mobile might really just be an art piece that the parents enjoy, it may take the stress out of picking the “right” one for your baby. :) Good luck! I love your taste, can’t wait to see how it all turns out.ReplyCancel

  • kara - October 13, 2017 - 9:52 AM

    i diy’d a mobile for friends that just featured extreme close-up, laminated photos of the faces of friends and family. the photos were hung with pretty paper clips from a center ring that said “look who loves you!”. it was really sweet and the faces were just the right size for his little brain to engage with.ReplyCancel

  • Kendal G - October 13, 2017 - 11:21 AM

    I’m of the opinion that you need VERY little for a baby/toddler — about 1% of what the baby industry will tell you you need to buy. BUT a mobile is a necessity for early brain stimulation. Look for something (or make something!) that’s high contrast. I used a large embroidery hoop, fishing line and colourful feathers from the craft store. We moved when she was 14 months and I didn’t rehang it, but it’s important for a newborn to have a mobile. Mattress, diapers, soft clothing, mobile. Everything else is unnecessary.ReplyCancel

    • Mary - October 20, 2017 - 7:15 AM

      I upvote this. Very good list. Even the mattress is unnecessary when you cosleep.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - October 13, 2017 - 6:55 PM

    Next to our daughter’s crib we have a mobile, tiny white string lights on a dimmer, and artifact uprising prints of us with her. 2 years later, she loves the lights and the pictures and could care less about the mobile. That said, they’re super cute so just get the one YOU like!ReplyCancel

  • Kaylan - October 14, 2017 - 7:17 PM

    *i* wanted a cute mobile for our son, but we never got/made one because we were living in a construction zone at his birth and lots of small things slipped to the wayside. So few things are true necessities for tiny babies, but if it makes you happy that matters a lot too :) I spent a lot of time in a chair holding my son staring at the walls. It would have been nice to have a couple pretty things to rest my eyes on.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - October 15, 2017 - 7:18 PM

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/175687333/nursery-decor-100-merino-wool-felt-bird?ref=shop_home_active_8

    We got that one. I love it. We never did a changing table- didn’t have room until we bought a house and by then he was 9 months old. I just think of it as art. He got a kick out of it when he was young, now I probably enjoy it more.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - October 15, 2017 - 9:54 PM

    I did a DIY one with felt flower stickers hung from an embroidery hoop over the changing table. Changed it up easily to fish stickers after a year.
    Yes vote for mobile, and I’d suggest over changing table personally :)ReplyCancel

  • Anna Kristina - October 16, 2017 - 9:22 AM

    We got the Kikkerland photo mobile (https://kikkerland.com/products/mobile-photo-clip) just for fun, but then figured we could use it in the nursery! We hung it over the crib, and I decided to clip in paint chips in rainbow colors for now. They are long + wide, so I folded them into triangle tubes, and our daughter loves it! They look like long rectangles of bright colors when you’re in the room, and when she’s in the crib, the view looking up is triangles. I read somewhere babies like geometric shapes. She loves watching it when we pop her in her crib to do something (like start a load of baby laundry, hah!). It doesn’t bother her at night (insert every baby is different caveat here). Our pediatrician actually recommended something to look at when she’s falling asleep when I asked about how to help her learn to fall asleep on her own (we rocked to sleep until recently, when she turned 5 months and we felt she was ready to make the transition). That said, you do you. The room is just as much for you as it is her. She’ll appreciate what you put in it, and won’t miss what isn’t there, because she’ll be in a wonderful home with parents who love her!ReplyCancel

  • Annelies - October 17, 2017 - 2:01 PM

    I didn’t use a mobile over my daughter’s crib, as we used the crib for sleep only, and I preferred to have as little distraction/stimulation there. We did occasionally use flickering Christmas lights over her play crib in our lounge, which worked a treat! And we had a had a pretty one over the changing table that worked as a distraction for changing diapers (boy, you will need to distract that baby at times to wipe and change!), that worked with the aesthetic of the room. So many good ones to choose from, good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne - October 18, 2017 - 5:50 PM

    We’re currently in reno craziness so my 7 month old has never had a mobile hung up (although we have one!). I did string some garland over her make-shift changing table though and she absolutely loves it, especially when I make it swing. Once we finally get her room set up (in the next 2 weeks!) I’ll be putting the mobile over the changing table for sure and not the crib. She’s a wiggler, that one and needs the distraction. <3ReplyCancel

  • Mary Sue - October 20, 2017 - 7:08 AM

    My kid loved to bang the mobile against the wall, when I carried him on my arm while passing the thing. If mobile is near a wall, make sure it doesn’t break easily.ReplyCancel

  • Ro - November 3, 2017 - 9:22 AM

    I made one for over the crib and a tiny one over the changing table. The one over the crib ended up being for looks because my boy will only sleep in a very dark room so he can’t see it (although him and his dad say goodnight to the animals on it at bedtime. So cute and also helped him learn some animals). The one over the changing table was a great distraction as he got older and less pleased about be changed.ReplyCancel

  • Staci - November 3, 2017 - 12:32 PM

    #5 reminds me of Alexander Calder. I love it. Binging on a backlog of YBH posts today and all of these nursery updates have me feeling warm and fuzzy.ReplyCancel

  • Matney - November 3, 2017 - 3:09 PM

    I loved the idea of a beautiful mobile when we had our baby a year ago, BUT…I read a really great book (that ended up guiding most of our first 6 months) and that opinion was that babies need to learn to associate their cribs with sleeping only and not with play. No distractions in or above the crib. I love all the comments about a mobile above a changing table though- that’s certainly where it wouldn’t been most helpful for us! Mobikes sure are beautiful these days though and your nursery is stunning! xoReplyCancel

  • Heather - November 8, 2017 - 9:07 PM

    Late to this post, but we have a paper, decorative mobile for the crib and then had a musical, bright plush mobile for the pack n play in the living room. She has a space/robot theme, so the bedroom mobile will (I hope) grow with her, i.e. go above her desk or move to a corner of the room. But, the mobile for the pack n play was amazing to keep her calm/distracted/nap on the main level when she was super little. She had a matching musical mobile for daycare too.ReplyCancel

  • JessicaDee - November 21, 2017 - 2:30 PM

    Mobiles are big in Montessori. Here is an interesting post about it.

    http://www.howwemontessori.com/how-we-montessori/2017/10/tips-for-using-montessori-mobiles-.html

    There are a ton of mobiles at my son’s school and he loves them and he is already 13 months old.

    At right around 3 months my son was CRAZY for mobiles; think Kicking, smiling, and cooing for 15 minutes or more.ReplyCancel

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