If you’re expecting your first baby or just venturing into the world of Montessori mobiles, the Munari mobile is likely the first place you’ll start. Then you’ll move on to the Octahedron, Gobbi, and Dancers. Lets dig into each and where to buy (or how to make!) the best ones!
I’m very passionate about the Montessori philosophy and it all starts in infancy.
While Montessori is one of the best philosophies for kids, in my opinion, it can seem out of reach for families living on a tight budget.
Montessori Mobile Age Progression
There are 4 mobiles in the Montessori series of mobiles.
Munari mobiles from 3 to 6 weeks
Octahedron mobiles from 5 to 8 weeks
Gobbi Mobile from 7 to 10 weeks
Dancers Mobile from 8 to 13 weeks
When do Babies See Color?
Babies can’t really distinguish between colors until they’re 3 or 4 months old.
This is why the Munari Mobile is in black and white. It offers the most contrast for babies developing eyes.
Benefits of Munari Mobiles
Named after artist Bruno Munari, the purpose of the Munari mobile is to help babies learn to focus their attention on a specific object.
They’re sometimes referred to as Bruno Munari mobiles.
The high contrast images are very interesting to even the youngest babies.
Munari mobiles improve focus and concentration in young babies. In Montessori circles, it is believed that the Munari is the first exposure to mathematics.
Munari mobiles re the first in the series of Montessori mobiles for babies.
To use a Munari mobile properly, it should be hung about 10-12 inches from your baby's face and offered to them only when they're awake and alert.
A Munari is always black and white to offer babies the greatest contrast of color.
These stark contrasts are very interesting to babies at this young age.
You'll notice that most toys and even books made for the youngest babies are consist of mainly black and white, sometimes red.
This one also replaces the glass ball with a sturdier plastic one.
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Cardstock Black and White
Plastic Transparent Ball
If you'd like to purchase the entire set of Montessori Mobiles, this seller offers the Octahedron, Gobbi, and Dancers in a set with your Munari purchase for an additional charge. In my experience, it's obviously much cheaper to purchase them all together rather than sourcing them separately.
I love that you get to pick the color of your Gobbi balls!
Have you used Munari mobiles with your babies? Did you continue through the entire set of Montessori mobiles? Let me know in the comments!