Montessori Newborn visual mobiles.
Updated: Feb 13, 2021
If you're new to Montessori, or even new to being a mum you may or may not of heard about the different Montessori mobiles for the new born stage. There are 4 different mobiles each has a different purpose and a different time to introduce it which I'm going to outline below.
Whilst you certainly can buy them all ready made, they can be pretty pricey. You can also go for a DIY option that looks just as good and is a lot cheaper.
The first one is the Munari Mobile, and it is usually introduced around 3-6 weeks.
It is high contrast black and white shapes and is easy for the baby to keep focus on. It's also the very start of them learning to lengthen their attention span as with each air current it moves and can look different and keep them focusing on it.
The second mobile is the Octahedron mobile, and it is most often introduced around 6-8 weeks.
It is still high contrast, but it is not black and white. The Octahedron mobile introduces the baby to the primary colours Red, Yellow and Blue. This is enough contrast that a baby can see the difference in colour. The sharp corners of the Octahedrons also helps to refine their vision to focus on smaller details.
The third mobile is the Gobbi mobile, it is usually introduced about 8-10 weeks.
The gobbi mobile is a set of 5 balls that graduate in shade of one colour and they are hung at a 45 degreee angle. It helps them to visually discriminate the different shades of the same colour. It's up to you which colour to choose, or you could have more than one mobile . Just make sure that you only use one colour on each mobile.
The 4th and final visual mobile, is the Dancers mobile, and it is typically introduced around 10-12 weeks.
It consists of lots of shapes which look like dancing people, hense the name. The purpose of this mobile is for the baby to learn to focus on one dancer and start following its path and tracking it. Which is crucial for when they move onto the Tactile mobiles which they can physically touch and grasp.
An important thing to remember is that in Montessori we are following the Childs interest and development. If your baby is still interested in a mobile when the next one is usually introduced that is fine! You don't want to move on to the next mobile if the previous one is still of interest to them. Just wait for the interest to start waning to move to the next mobile.
I hope this post helps you to understand more about the Visual Montessori mobiles and why they are designed the way they are.
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