Happy Monday and welcome to the inaugural installment of “The green crib,” a special new series of posts where I'll be focusing on a single room in the home where an adult’s good green influence — and decorating sense — will ideally rub off on said room’s primary inhabitant: a little one.


Over the coming weeks this fall, I’ll be highlighting Mother Nature-approved baby and kid-centric items for the home like nursery cleaners, furniture, bedding, and storage options. Today I'm tackling a compulsory piece of nursery décor that's often overlooked in both the aesthetics and eco departments: the humble mobile. Frequently garish, battery-operated, and musical, mobiles are key in keeping babies (and some adults) preoccupied and placated with visual stimulation.


And then there are more basic mobiles, like the ones featured below, that don’t require AA batteries and won’t emit an anything-but-soothing robo-lullaby that will haunt you well after your child is grown. These safe, sustainable, and sophisticated (but still super cute) mobiles are made from eco-friendly materials ranging from recycled paper to bamboo. And although one, a handmade-in-Denmark classic, is crafted from plastic it’s the result of a unique, ecological production process. Would you rather make than buy? Try your hand at a DIY mobile (a killer baby shower gift if there ever was one). 


 Story Mobile @ Ferm Living ($59.95)






















Mr. Moustache Mobile @ jaellundtofta's Etsy shop ($28)






















Tamar Mogendorff Birdcage (2 birds) @ Acorn ($155)















Petit Collage Forest Friends Mobile @ Branch ($68)















KLT Works Woodland Creatures Mobile @ Modern Nursery ($85)















Adrift Mora Mobile @ fawn&forest ($138)
















Life's a Hoot Owl Baby Mobile with Tree @ PinkPerch's Etsy shop ($88)















Plan Toys Rattle Mobile @ KangarooBoo ($54.99)















Flensted Elephant Party Mobile @ MoMA Store ($34)














Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

The green crib: Mobiles
The mobile, a quintessential nursery decor item, don't have to be chintzy, battery-operated and made from plastic. Opt for a hanging fussy-baby-placater that's