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Best baby mobiles to add to your nursery

Need a few minutes’ peace? Keep your baby happy in their cot by calming them with the best baby mobiles for 2022.

By Becca Heyes | Last updated May 11, 2022

Baby looking at baby mobile

For lots of parents, a baby mobile can be the solution to so many problems. It can help your baby drift off to sleep peacefully, it can get you an extra five minutes in bed each morning, and it can even allow you to shower in peace.

A baby mobile is a great tool for ensuring your baby is calm, happy and entertained whenever they’re in their cot. They can either be used as a calming baby sleep aid, or as a stimulating form of entertainment if you need somewhere safe to leave your baby for a few minutes.

Whether you’re looking for a musical mobile, one with a projector or even a mobile you can take with you on your travels, you’ll find something here to suit your needs. 

How we chose our recommendations

Recommendations from real Mumsnet users

Firstly, we sought out trusted opinions from our Mumsnet users, who have a wealth of experience when it comes to sleep aids and ways to keep their babies calm and entertained. Whilst not all Mumsnetters felt that a mobile was necessary, we sought the views and recommendations of those who had tried mobiles at home with their babies, getting their feedback on which brands they rated, what things to consider and the baby mobile features they appreciated the most.

We also took into account any products that they wouldn’t recommend - including baby mobiles that they found to be poor quality or counterproductive and overstimulating rather than calming.

Expert opinions

When it comes to baby products, we know that the views of industry experts are hugely important. We want to be confident that the products we suggest are safe to use around young children and babies, so we’ve made sure our recommendations are products and brands that are well-regarded by parents and experts. We also cross-referenced our picks with other trusted best buy lists, to make sure we chose mobiles that performed well across the board. 

Authentic consumer reviews

Finally, to bring you our definitive list of the best baby mobiles on the market, we thoroughly investigated genuine, in-depth customer reviews on retailer sites such as Amazon, John Lewis, Smyths Toys and JoJo Maman Bébé to get wider consumer experiences regarding the cot and nursery mobiles on our shortlist. 

It’s important to remember that safety is key when using a mobile in your baby’s nursery, and you should ensure that it is securely fitted and kept out of baby’s reach. 

With that in mind, here are the best baby mobiles to buy in 2022. 

1. Best overall baby mobile: Fisher-Price Butterfly Dreams 3-in-1 Projector Mobile

Fisher-Price mobile

Price: £25.99 | Buy now from Amazon

We have the Fisher-Price Butterfly Dreams one.” (Rated by Mumsnetter RiceKrispie22)

I second the butterfly dreams suggestion. Works brilliantly for us.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user SnowdropFox)

In terms of versatility, you can’t beat the 3-in-1 Fisher-Price Butterfly Dreams Baby Mobile, which adapts to your baby’s needs as they grow. 

The mobile and its hanging toys can be removed from the rotating cot arm, allowing use both in and outside the home - either attached to a cot, as a tabletop projector or even clipped onto the pram or pushchair for ‘on the go’ entertainment. 

Whilst the cute floating bears and light show are ideal for stimulating younger babies as their sight develops, the tabletop projector is a great sleep aid for those transitioning from a cot to a bed, helping provide comfort and reassurance in their nursery at bedtime. 

With up to 30 minutes of calming music or white noise style sounds, the Butterfly Dreams Baby Mobile will turn off automatically, but can also be triggered and turned off remotely via remote control. If your baby stirs during the night, you can quickly and easily turn on the music, white noise or rotation to soothe them back to sleep – all without leaving your bed!

Pros

  • Offers various sounds, including nature sounds, lullabies and white noise
  • Can be used on the go
  • Star projection

Cons

  • Need two different types of batteries for the lamp and remote
  • Only fits standard bar-style cots

Key specs

  • Weight: 1.18kg
  • Batteries: 4 x AA and 2 × AAA
  • Music: Yes
  • Rotation: Yes
  • Lights: Yes

2. Best budget baby mobile: Nuby Rotating Cot Mobile

Nuby baby mobile

Price: £21.50 | Buy now from Amazon

If you’re looking for a traditional style baby mobile that offers all the basic functions that you’d hope for, but without any extra bells and whistles, we love the Nuby Rotating Cot Mobile. It comes with a universal one-size-fits-all grip that will attach securely to your cot or crib. 

It’s on sale for a competitive price and, although there are no additional features like projectors or light shows, it’s a really good all-rounder. It’s also less likely to overstimulate or excite your baby too, so it's a good choice to incorporate into your baby’s bedtime routine. 

With five calming lullabies to choose from, a neutral colour palette and cute characters that rotate slowly above your baby’s head, the Nuby mobile is a great option for helping to calm your baby, ready for a good night’s sleep. 

Pros

  • Volume control
  • Five different soothing lullabies
  • Toys make noises when grabbed (rattle, squeak, etc)
  • Adjustable arm to fit different cots
  • Plays continuously for 20 minutes

Cons

  • The mobile arm is trickier to attach to a non-standard type of cot
  • Some reviewers found it hangs too low for babies on the highest mattress level of their cot

Key specs

  • Weight: 340g
  • Batteries: 3 x AA
  • Music: Yes
  • Rotation: Yes
  • Lights: No

3. Best baby mobile for newborns: Mamas & Papas Welcome to the World Cloud Mobile

Mamas & Papas Welcome to the World Cloud Mobile

Price: £39 | Buy now from Mamas & Papas

The Mamas & Papas ‘Welcome to the World’ Cloud Mobile is a stylish addition to any nursery setting, with a contemporary and neutral grey and white design. Made from bamboo cotton and chambray fabrics, it's also super soft to the touch and suitable to use from birth. 

Featuring Archie the Elephant and his other jungle friends, this musical mobile attaches to the side of a crib or cot and plays a soothing lullaby to help your baby drift off to sleep as they focus on the hanging clouds and characters. 

The Welcome to the World Cloud Mobile is compatible with other items in the nursery range and is also available in pink and blue. 

Pros

  • Contemporary design
  • Calming lullaby music

Cons

  • Doesn’t rotate 
  • Only fits standard bar-style cots

Key specs

  • Weight: 950g
  • Batteries: Not specified 
  • Music: Yes 
  • Rotation: No
  • Lights: No

4. Best baby mobile for on the move: Tiny Love Take-Along Mobile

Tiny Love mobile

Price: £24.99 | Buy now from Amazon

We had this one. I like that it's portable so you can move it from cot to pram top easily.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnetter NaturalSturdy)

The Tiny Love Take-Along baby mobile ticks all the boxes. It’s bright and colourful, it plays 30 minutes of music in a choice of five different baby-friendly melodies and has dangling toys that spin around to keep your baby engaged. Babies will also love practising their smiles when they see these adorable animal characters.

A really practical and versatile baby mobile, its universal clip can be hung in several different ways so you can make it work for you, whether at home or on the go.

Pros

  • Fun, colourful characters
  • Five different calming melodies
  • Plays non-repetitive music continuously for 30 minutes
  • Can fasten with a Velcro strap, a large clip or a sturdy cot arm
  • Portable and can be used on the go

Cons

Key specs

  • Weight: 340g
  • Batteries: 3 x AA
  • Music: Yes
  • Rotation: Yes
  • Lights: No

5. Best baby mobile for sleep: VTech Birdie Travel Mobile

Vtech birdie mobile

Price: £26.99 |  Buy now from Amazon

If you’re hoping your baby mobile will help your baby to sleep, the VTech Birdie could be a good option. The voice sensor detects your baby’s cries and automatically triggers the music to help lull your baby back to sleep. 

There’s also a soothing night light, and a large selection of lullabies, nursery rhymes and nature sounds to calm your baby. The handy claw fastener and clamp means it can safely be attached to most cots, baby carriers and prams, although some did find it tilted too much on certain cots so make sure it's suitable for the one you're using.

Pros

  • Additional clip to attach to car seat or pushchair
  • Night light
  • Large selection of songs (40 melodies)
  • Plays continuously for 10, 20 or 30 minutes

Cons

  • Less secure when attached to a padded crib, e.g. the Chicco Next2Me
  • Batteries run down quickly
  • Rotation can be temperamental

Key specs

  • Weight: 572g
  • Batteries: 3 x AA
  • Music: Yes
  • Rotation: Yes
  • Lights: Yes

6. Best musical baby mobile: Tiny Love Soothe n Groove Mobile

Tiny Love baby mobile

Price: £45.60 | Buy now from Amazon

The Tiny Love Soothe n Groove Mobile comes with a higher price tag than a lot of other baby mobiles, but it’s justified by the product’s dual-use.

Most baby mobiles are no longer suitable for use once your baby is old enough to crawl around or stand up in their crib. However, the Soothe n Groove can be converted into a handheld music box that’s perfect for toddlers and older kids, so it can be used for years and years.

Your baby will love discovering that they can push the buttons on the box to activate the music themselves.

Pros

  • Lots of music to choose from – 18 different melodies
  • Plays continuously for up to 40 minutes
  • Fun, colourful characters
  • Six different categories of music, including white noise
  • Volume control

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Motor is quite loud

Key specs

  • Weight: 1.18kg
  • Batteries: 3 x C
  • Music: Yes
  • Rotation: Yes
  • Lights: No

7. Best baby mobile with projector: Infantino 3-in-1 Projector Musical Mobile

Infantino baby mobile

Price: £37.99 | Buy now from Amazon

The Infantino 3-in-1 has three different functions. Firstly, it serves as a soothing cot mobile with calming music and a beautiful star design which projects onto the ceiling and helps to lull the baby to sleep.

When the baby learns to stand, you can then remove the hanging mobile, clamp the lamp to the bars of the cot and use it as a standalone night light.

When you’re no longer using a cot, the light can serve as a tabletop lamp and projector. A great baby mobile that will grow with your child and offers longevity and value for money.

Pros

  • Night light has various different colours
  • Volume control
  • Wake up mode to simulate daylight
  • Plays continuously for 20 minutes

Cons

  • Only fits standard bar-style cots
  • Touch buttons can be a little temperamental

Key specs

  • Weight: 599g
  • Batteries: 3 × AAA
  • Music: Yes
  • Rotation: Yes
  • Lights: Yes

8. Best Scandi-inspired baby mobile: Little Dutch Wooden Music Mobile

Little Dutch Wooden Music Mobile

Price: £58  | Buy now from Natural Baby Shower

If you’re fully embracing the Scandi vibes in your baby’s nursery or are looking for a more sustainable or eco-friendly choice, Little Dutch offers a musical mobile with a high-quality wooden frame.

Hanging above your little one’s head in the cot or crib, the adorable marine animals will stimulate visual development, whilst the dulcet tones of Old McDonald will help them drift gently off to sleep. 

While it’s not the most budget-friendly pick, this mobile looks super chic and its soothing qualities prove it’s not all style over substance.

Pros

  • More aesthetically pleasing design 
  • Adorable marine life theme 
  • More sustainable option

Cons

  • Music box is made from plastic
  • Only one melody - could get repetitive for parents

Key specs

  • Weight: 680g
  • Batteries: Unspecified 
  • Music: Yes
  • Rotation: No
  • Lights: No

9. Best animal baby mobile: Rainbow Designs One Hundred Acre Wood Mobile

Rainbow Designs One Hundred Acre Wood Mobile

Price: £33.30 | Buy now from Amazon

If you’re looking to gift a mobile to a new parent or are seeking a timeless cot mobile with characters you’ll remember from your own childhood, the Rainbow Designs One Hundred Acre Wood mobile is an obvious choice, featuring the adorable Winnie the Pooh characters we know and love.

Arriving in a beautifully illustrated box, this mobile attaches easily to your baby’s cot so the characters - Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore - rotate above their head.

With a soothing Brahms lullaby to help aid their sleep, the Rainbow Designs Hundred Acre Wood Mobile is a beautiful addition to your baby’s nursery and is compatible with other items from the One Hundred Acre Wood nursery range.

Pros

  • A timeless, traditional design
  • Rotates for sensory stimulation 

Cons

  • Lullaby is short in duration 

Key specs

  • Weight: 435 grams 
  • Batteries: No
  • Music: Yes 
  • Rotation: Yes 
  • Lights: No

Are baby mobiles good for babies?

A baby mobile isn’t a must-have baby item, but many parents find them really useful for keeping their baby calm in their cot when it’s time to go to sleep. Soothing music and lights can help a baby to drift off.

Mobiles can also be useful for entertaining a baby when you need a bit of time to shower or get some housework done. There may be some developmental benefits for small babies, as mobiles can help them to learn to track objects with their eyes.

Of course, you must ensure that any baby mobile is installed correctly to prevent anything from slipping or falling into the cot. Some mobiles are only designed to be attached to a standard bar-style cot, for example, and you should not attempt to fit them anywhere else.

You should also make sure that the mobile is removed (or adjusted to the correct setting) once your baby is old enough to stand up and grab it in case of any choking hazards.

Do mobiles help babies sleep?

As with everything, it depends on the baby. Some babies will really enjoy the soothing music and lights of a baby mobile, and watching their toys slowly rotate can help them to drift off to sleep – the baby equivalent of counting sheep!

Other babies will prefer a dark, quiet environment for sleep. Sometimes it’s just a case of experimenting to find the best solution for your baby.

Are crib mobiles safe? 

Crib mobiles are safe when used correctly, but it's important that you follow the assembly instructions and ensure your baby’s mobile is fitted securely onto the cot to ensure there is no risk of it falling or coming loose during the night. It’s important they are also kept out of your baby’s reach to avoid the risk of suffocation, strangulation or choking. For this reason, most mobiles are suitable for babies up to five months, after which your baby may be more mobile and at a greater risk of reaching out and grabbing at the attachments. 

What age do babies need mobiles?

Cot mobiles can be used from birth, as long as you ensure they are correctly installed, and there are no loose parts that could pose a hazard to your baby.

Traditional mobiles should be removed from the baby’s cot once they’re old enough to stand up and grab, as this could cause a mobile to become dislodged.

Some of the mobiles we’ve included in our list can then be transformed into a music box or night light for an older child.

What to look for in a cot mobile 

There are loads of different baby mobiles to choose from, so to ensure you make the right choice for yourself and your family, here are some things that you may want to consider:

  • Nursery aesthetic - Do you have a particular colour scheme in mind? Do you prefer pale, monochrome shades or a bright, bold and colourful choice?
  • Home or away? - Where are you planning to use your mobile? Is it solely for use in the home, or do you want to use a mobile for on the go entertainment too? 
  • Sleep or entertainment? - Do you want the mobile to help calm and soothe your baby before bed or are you looking for a mobile to entertain and stimulate their senses? Some mobiles with lights and projections are more suited to daytime entertainment.
  • Music - Do you want your mobile to have music, and if so, are you happy with just the one lullaby or would you prefer to have a variety? Most mobiles offer one or two lullabies to choose from, so pick wisely, as you may be hearing them a lot in your baby’s first months! How long does the music play for and can it be triggered automatically or with a remote? 
  • Lights and projectors - Do you want the additions of lights and projections to create an entertaining show in your baby’s nursery? Mobiles with lights and projectors tend to be more expensive, however, they can offer some great respite for sleep-deprived parents. 
  • Will it fit your cot? - It’s worth bearing in mind that not all mobiles will fit universally, particularly if you don't have a traditional bar-style cot in your nursery. Other mobiles offer a universal clip which can be adjusted to suit both traditional cots and next to me style cribs. 
  • How much do you want to spend? - Prices vary significantly, so how much are you willing to invest? It’s worth bearing in mind that your baby will generally outgrow a mobile by the age of five months, however, some mobiles adapt as your baby grows and therefore offer greater value for money. 

What’s the best baby mobile?

All of the baby mobiles we’ve included above are great for different reasons, but we think the best baby mobile is the 3-in-1 Fisher-Price Butterfly Dreams Baby Mobile.

A versatile choice that grows with your baby, this mobile offers excellent value for money. With great feedback both on the Mumsnet forums and from online reviewers, and lights, rotation and music thrown into the mix, this mobile is suitable for both daytime stimulation and calming your baby before bed.

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