9 best baby mobiles to buy in 2021

07 April 2021

A baby in a cot looking up at a baby mobile

Need a few minutes’ peace? Keep your baby happy in their cot by calming them with the best baby mobiles for 2021.

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 calming baby sleep aid, or as a stimulating form of entertainment if you need somewhere safe to leave your baby for a few minutes.

Whatever your reason for needing a baby mobile, you’ll find something here to suit your needs. Here are the best baby mobiles for 2021.

1. Best overall baby mobile: Tiny Love Take-Along

Tiny Love Take-Along baby mobile

The Tiny Love Take-Along baby mobile ticks all the boxes. It’s bright and colourful, it plays baby-friendly music and it has dangling toys that spin around to keep your baby engaged. Babies will also love the animal characters.

A really practical and versatile baby mobile, it can be hung in several different ways so you can make it work for you, wherever you want to attach it.

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

Price: From £22.95

2. Best budget baby mobile: Nuby Rotating Cot Mobile

Nuby Rotating Cot baby mobile

If you’re looking for a simple 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’s on sale for a competitive price and, although there are no additional features, it’s a really good all-rounder.

With five calming lullabies to choose from and cute characters that rotate slowly, the Nuby mobile is a great option for helping to calm your baby, ready for 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

  • Mobile arm is less easy to attach to non-standard types of cot
  • Hangs too low for babies on the highest setting of their cot

Key specs

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

Price: £19.99

3. Best baby mobile for newborns: TeyToy Black and White Mobile

TeyToy Black And White baby mobile

Newborn babies haven’t yet developed full colour vision, so high contrast black and white patterns are really great to stimulate their brains.

The TeyToy Black and White Mobile is made with high contrast black and white fabric, with black and white animals hanging from it. It’s perfect for helping a newborn baby to focus and learn to track moving objects.

This simple newborn baby mobile comes with no gimmicky extras – it’s a wind-up mobile that simply allows your newborn to explore the world around them without becoming overwhelmed.

Pros

  • No batteries required
  • Designed specifically to stimulate newborn babies
  • Plays a lullaby when wound up

Cons

  • Only fits standard bar-style cots
  • No timer function (but you can wind it up a little or a lot)

Key specs

  • Weight: 606g
  • Batteries: Not required
  • Music: Yes
  • Rotation: Yes
  • Lights: No

Price: £23.99

4. Best portable baby mobile: Skip Hop Explore and More 3-in-1 Travel Mobile Soother

Skip Hop Explore and More baby mobile

The Skip Hop Travel Soother is the perfect baby mobile to take on the go. It’s small and portable, and can easily be clipped onto a car seat, pushchair or travel cot using the various attachments provided.

Although it’s designed to be a travel mobile, it still offers all the standard features of a fixed mobile, such as music and rotating toys.

It’s just the thing to keep your baby entertained during a car ride or to comfort them if they’re sleeping somewhere unfamiliar.

Pros

  • Plays continuously for 20 minutes
  • Small and easy to transport
  • Four different lullabies
  • Light-reflecting prisms to stimulate your baby

Cons

  • Sound quality could be improved
  • Spins very slowly
  • No volume control

Key specs

  • Weight: 454g
  • Batteries: 3 x AA
  • Music: Yes
  • Rotation: Yes
  • Lights: No

Price: £19.20

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

Tiny Love Soothe n Groove baby mobile

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

Price: £48.98

6. Best interactive baby mobile: Mini Tudou Musical Baby Crib Mobile

Mini Tudou Musical baby mobile

Hoping for a few minutes of peace so you can shower alone? The Mini Tudou Baby Mobile might be the answer.

With lights, music, projections and removable rattles, this interactive mobile has everything your baby needs to keep them happy in their cot.

And when they’re not in bed, the hanging toys can be removed and used as standalone rattles. They’re even waterproof for use in the bath!

Pros

  • Volume control
  • Plays continuously for 20, 40 or 60 minutes
  • Remote control
  • Can use music box independently of mobile for when your baby is older
  • Night light

Cons

  • Can’t use lights independently of the music
  • Music quality needs improvement
  • Only clamps onto standard bar-style cots
  • Sounds change regularly, which can disturb baby

Key specs

  • Weight: 800g
  • Batteries: 3 x AA
  • Music: Yes
  • Rotation: Yes
  • Lights: Yes

Price: From £26.89

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

VTech Birdie baby mobile

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.

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

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

Infantino baby mobile

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.

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

Price: £38.76

9. Best baby mobile with remote: Fisher-Price Butterfly Dreams 3-in-1 Projector Mobile

“The ones with the remotes can be great. It can be a big help to switch the mobile on or off without going into their room.”

Fisher-Price Butterfly Dreams baby mobile

Fisher-Price's Butterfly Dreams Baby Mobile can be taken apart and used in any way that suits you.

Its hanging toys can be removed from the rotating cot arm and used on the go. The lamp can also be removed and used as a tabletop night light or projector.

The Butterfly Dreams Baby Mobile has a remote control. This means that if your baby stirs, you can turn on the music, white noise, rotation or whatever else your baby needs to soothe them – all without leaving your bed!

Pros

  • Offers various sounds, including nature sounds, lullabies and white noise
  • Very versatile and 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

Price: £21.75

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.

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’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 Tiny Love Take-Along. It’s got all of the basic features you’d hope to find in a baby mobile and is really easy to use on the go.

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which baby mobiles discerning Mumsnet users had bought for their children.

We compiled a list of the mobiles they recommended for being the most effective at helping their babies sleep or entertaining them in their cots.

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which baby mobiles had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites and print media, and what customers reviews said about them.

Having collated all that information, we picked the baby mobiles we thought would make the best buys in several categories.

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