13 Best Baby Mobiles for Infants in 2020
You might not guess it right away, since they can’t communicate on our level, but babies’ minds are always whirring. Thrust into consistently unfamiliar environments, they’re like tiny computers, processing everything around them as they explore. That’s why baby mobiles are one of the most popular and iconic toys on the market, and have been for some time: mobiles are meant to aid in baby’s mental development.
Some mobiles are meant to stimulate little ones, while others are meant to soothe them to sleep, so choose accordingly as you browse our top ten. Whether you’re looking for a gentle lullaby, a flashy lights show, or just something cute and engaging, hang around: we’ve got you covered
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5 Different Melodies
30 Minutes of continuous, uninterrupted play with an auto-shut off
Spinning, visually engaging toys
Multiple attachment options for cribs, pack and plays, strollers, car seat, chairs, changing tables, etc.
- Tiny Love Meadow Days Take Along
- Vtech Soothing Ocean Slumber Mobile
- SHILOH Baby Crib Decoration
- Fisca Baby Musical Crib Mobile
- Bedtime Originals Eloise Musical Baby Crib Mobile
- Infant Stim Mobile To Go Travel Toy
- Woodland Baby Mobile
- GEENNY Musical Teddy Bear
- HABA Wooden Mobile Rainbow Balls
- Lambs & Ivy Jungle Safari Mobile
- LbLa Baby Musical Crib Mobile
- Nordic Nursery Wooden Peal Baby Girl Mobile
- Wendy Bellissimo Baby Mobile
13 Best Baby Mobiles
1. Tiny Love Meadow Days Take Along
5 Different Melodies
30 Minutes of continuous, uninterrupted play with an auto-shut off
Spinning, visually engaging toys
Multiple attachment options for cribs, pack and plays, strollers, car seat, chairs, changing tables, etc.
Music volume is low
Rotation may be too slow to engage some infants
The Tiny Love Meadow Days Take Along Mobile is the perfect tool to help get baby...and mommy some much-needed sleep. This delightful mobile plays music, spins, and features 3 delightful forest creatures to help lull your little one to sleep. Since it is capable of being mounted pretty much everywhere it’s an ideal take-along companion for everything from long car trips to trips to the bedroom and everywhere in between!Read more
Whether you’re strapping it the infant carrier to keep your little one calm while you shop, hooking it onto the car seat to help baby sleep during the inevitable car trip to see the in-laws, or strapping it onto the changing table to help keep your child focused on it instead of the millionth diaper you are changing-this mobile is going to become your go-to for every situation!
Designed to both engage and soothe your baby, this mobile showcases three plush and friendly woodland creatures that spin and stimulate your little one’s visual senses.
Velcro fasteners allow it to attach to your infant carrier. The large sturdy clip will easily slip on to most strollers and the arm attaches to cribs and pack and plays with ease
Five unique melodies will perk up those auditory senses and they play continuously for 30 minutes before automatically shutting off to lull your baby to sleep.
2. Vtech Soothing Ocean Slumber Mobile
2-in-1 mobile and crib toy
Includes colorful ocean characters
Plays more than 45 sing-along songs, melodies and phrases
Projects images on the ceiling
Requires 4 AA batteries
The Vtech Soothing Ocean Slumber Mobile is a colorful display of ocean animals and music that your baby will not be able to take their eyes off!Read more
This 2-in1 mobile can be transformed into a crib toy when your baby gets older. The piece plays more than 45 sing-along songs, phrases, and melodies. It features a selection of brightly colored ocean animal characters that swivel around. The mobile has a project that projects starts and ocean-themed images onto the ceiling. The piece includes a 20, 30- and a 40-minute timer for the music and projector. 4 AA batteries are required.
The mobile will provide visual stimulation via the brightly colored ocean animal characters and projector. It also provides auditory stimulation from the melodies that soothe and help your baby to sleep. When a little older, this crib toy will engage your child’s fine motor skills when holding the toy. The toys sing-along melodies and phrases will encourage your little to develop their communication skills.
This is a 2-in-1 toy that is both a mobile and a crib toy that can be played with when your baby is older.
The mobile has brightly colored ocean animal characters that hang down making this mobile very engaging. The mobile plays bedtime music that lulls your baby to sleep and projects a display of stars and ocean animals onto the ceiling.
3. SHILOH Baby Crib Decoration
5 removable animals double as play toys
Plays over 60 different melodies
Multiple positioning angles for mobile arm
Not washing machine safe, spot clean and air dry only
May not properly attach to cribs with thicker crossbars
Introduce your newborn to their very first plushy friends with the Shiloh Plush Musical Mobile. This forest themed mobile is made of soft, gentle velvet and cotton materials that are soothing to your little one’s sensitive skin. Five delightful stuffed bees and frogs dangle as the mobile spins and twirls, dancing among the flower shapes. Each of these little friends can be quickly and easily detached from the mobile and instantly become stuffed animals! Sensory experiences await your baby as they learn to squeeze the squeakers and shake the rattles contained in each new friend. This mobile also features a built-in music player that features over 60 different melodies, including some made famous by the Disney franchise.Read more
The music player also includes many adjustment options to make bedtime perfect for your little one including a volume up and down control, a 30-minute automatic shut-off timer, and the ability to turn the spinning off independently from the music.
Your newborn will have the freedom to explore several new sensory experiences with this mobile that can encourage cognitive growth. Each plush toy contains a rattle or squeaker to encourage auditory development. Visual tracking expands as well as they watch the mobile spin and dance above their head. Music has also been shown to help boost early language skills and brighten your little one’s mood.
Very few mobiles on the market have the option to allow the music to play independently of the rotation so the versatility of the Shiloh really stands out.
This adorable forest is sure to lull your little one into a peaceful sleep in no time.
4. Fisca Baby Musical Crib Mobile
Includes 12 melodies
Adjustable mobile arm
Easy to install
Volume can be adjusted
Fish can be played within the bath
Require 2 AA batteries
The Fisca Baby Musical Crib Mobile that includes colorful fish will make a lovely mobile for any baby or toddler.Read more
Featuring colorful fish, this rotating musical rack will engage and bring plenty of joy to your baby. The mobile includes 12 melodies, helping your baby to fall asleep. The mobile comes requires 2 AA batteries and the volume can easily be adjusted. The mobile has an adjustable arm and is easy to install. When your baby is older, the fish can be removed and played within the bath.
Featuring brightly colored fish that vary in size, this mobile with give your baby lots of visual stimulation. The mixture of 12 melodies works by engaging their hearing and relaxing them into a deep sleep. Playing with the fish in the bath will enhance their sense of touch and develop their fine motor skills.
As well as your babies’ bed or crib, this mobile is suitable to attach to a stroller, car seat, bassinet, and carrycot. When your baby has outgrown the mobile, the fish can be unattached and played within the water as bath toys.
This mobile is extremely entertaining for your baby. The mobile includes a selection of colorful fish ranging in size that hangs from a rotating mobile. The mobile also includes 12 melodies that will lull your baby off to sleep. When your baby is older, the fish can be unattached and played within the bath, providing further entertainment.
5. Bedtime Originals Eloise Musical Baby Crib Mobile
Plays two classic lullabies
Elephant shapes provide visual stimulation
Having only 3 lullabies is a little disappointing
Mobile lacks color
This Bedtime Originals Eloise Musical Baby Crib Mobile plays two classic lullabies that your little one will love falling asleep to.Read more
The mobile features two elephants with grey ears and two elephants with pink ears. The elephants hang down and rotate around the musical mobile while the mobile plays Brahms lullaby, Rock-A-Bye Baby, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Even though these are lovely tunes for your baby to listen to there are only 3 songs which are a little disappointing. The mobile features volume control and has an on/off switch. The mobile plays for 20 minutes and requires 3 AAA batteries.
When it comes to sensory stimulation, the elephant figures move with the mobile, providing visual stimulation. They come in a grey and pink color which offers a bit of visual stimulation but not as much as some of the other mobiles in our collection. For auditory stimulation, the mobile plays two well-known lullabies.
Unfortunately, this mobile is only suitable to use on a crib as it can be secured safely onto the crib rails, making it not very portable when compared to the other mobiles in our collection.
This mobile plays three well-known lullabies that your baby will enjoy listening to and will help gently lull them off to sleep.
6. Infant Stim Mobile To Go Travel Toy
Weighs in at less than a pound
The clamp is sturdy enough to adhere to any and all baby furniture
Can be assembled and installed in under 10 minutes
Comes with interchangeable image cards
This mobile is extremely easy to travel with
The materials are rather thin
Wimmer-Ferguson may be a name that you recognize especially in combination with the delightful black and white colors of this Infant Stim Mobile to Go Travel Toy. This simplistic mobile lacks any of the complicated mechanics of more contemporary mobiles and opts instead for visually engaging colors and movement.Read more
The large clip is strong and easy to clip onto everything from an infant carrier to strollers and the two-dimensionally designed cards fold flat for easy packing.
The fact that the Wimmer-Ferguson has been designed primarily for children’s sensory development, particularly their visual senses. It may even be a great introductory tool to discerning the different colors. And since it only focuses on a single sense visual – the brain is not really flooded with a lot of information at the same time.
We find the lightweight, portability of this mobile to be highly beneficial. If you and your baby travel a lot, then this is the perfect mobile for you. On top of its great travel ability, the mobile also comes with interchangeable cards to stimulate your baby for years and years to come.
The gentle rhythm of each piece swaying back and forth is guaranteed to help soothe the baby while the concentric circle design and the stimulating color scheme will encourage visual development.
7. Woodland Baby Mobile
Engaging woodland scene
Handcrafted from felt and bamboo material
Pieces are adjustable
No batteries required
Features no music
This baby woodland mobile from GIFTSARM brings the outside inside!Read more
Complete with evergreen trees, birds, clouds, and a snow-capped mountain, this mobile makes an interesting display for your little one and parents. The hanging decorations offer a 3D design that has been handmade out of high quality felt and bamboo materials. The pieces are fully adjustable, simply move them up or down the hoop for the desired placement. The mobile can be easily installed onto your cribs via the ring however it does not come with a mobile arm or holder. The mobile does not require batteries and does not come with music.
Featuring 5 different colored birds, trees, and mountains, this woodland themed mobile will give your baby a lot of visual stimulation. Handcrafted, your baby can watch the felt and bamboo mobile move on its own. Other than visual stimulation, this mobile does not include sound.
This mobile lacks portability and versatility. The ring can easily be installed onto a crib mobile arm; however, it does not come with a mobile arm or holder so you would need to buy this separately.
Featuring a unique display of 3D birds, trees, and mountains, this outdoor-themed mobile will provide lots of entertainment for your baby. Made from handcrafted materials, this mobile will also attract parents.
8. GEENNY Musical Teddy Bear
Wind-style spin and music player requires no batteries
Plays Brahms Lullaby
Coordinates with matching crib bedding sets
Not compatible with thick or curved crib railings
Some assembly is required
This gorgeous musical mobile from GEENNY features a Teddy Bear theme and if that doesn’t match your nursery theme there are over a dozen different design options to choose from. A designer of boutique nursery products, GEENNY has created an entire line of mobiles with matching bedding sets. Find your nurseries perfect match with themes like sailors for a nautical room, monkeys for a jungle room, or even cowgirls for a western!Read more
No batteries are needed, simply twist the mobile a few times and it will slowly spin and twirl while playing Brahms lullaby. Your little one will slip sweetly into dreamland surrounded by their favorite things.
Imagination and creativity can be instilled in your baby’s cognitive growth from a young age. Mobiles can help strengthen visual acuity and improve gross motor skills as your little one tries to reach and grasp at the spinning features. Music can promote positive sleep impressions which can help your baby develop proper sleep patterns from an early age.
Each mobile features a wind-up spinner and music player.
With dozens of coordinating bedding and mobile designs available, GEENNY is a one-stop shop for the perfect themed nursery.
9. HABA Wooden Mobile Rainbow Balls
Simple rainbow ball design
No batteries required
Made from sustainable forestry and treated with non-toxic water-based stains
Has no music
Suspends from ceiling
This gorgeous wooden mobile will certainly engage your little one with its exciting rainbow display of balls.Read more
The HABA mobile is a simple design that has been made using wooden rods that act as balancing weights and moveable bands on either side of the balls, keeping them in place. The mobile moves by having a light touch from a parent, causing it to spin for 10 – 15 minutes. The mobile measures approximately 14 inches by 14 inches. HABA recommend only suspending this mobile from the ceiling using a standard cup hook and including fishing wire. Mounting hardware is not included. This mobile is made from beech wood from sustainable forestry and treated with non-toxic water-based stains.
This colorful display of wooden balls will give your baby a lot of visual stimulation. A light touch from a parent will cause this mobile to spin for between 10 – 15 minutes, giving your baby further stimulation. Unfortunately, this mobile does not play any music.
This HABA mobile is suspended from the ceiling via a standard cup hook and fish wire. Unfortunately, HABA does not recommend attaching this mobile any other way, highlighting that it lacks portability.
This wooden mobile includes a display of colorful balls that your baby will love looking at. The shape and colors will give them lots of enjoyment. A light touch from a parent will also cause the mobile to spin, providing further entertainment.
10. Lambs & Ivy Jungle Safari Mobile
Features a collection of highly details animals
Plays 3 soothing songs
Attaches to most cribs
This Lambs & Ivy Jungle Safari Mobile includes a wonderful collection of grey, beige, and white animals while playing classic lullabies.Read more
The mobile from Lambs & Ivy Store plays 3 different songs including Brahms Lullaby, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Rock A By Baby. The mobile automatically spins while playing before automatically shutting off. It includes volume control and an on/off switch. The mobile attaches easily to most cribs.
This jungle safari themed mobile provides visual stimulation through the rotating mobile that features cuddly jungle animals. It also provides auditory stimulation by playing up to three songs as the mobile gently rotates. These promote brain development as well as helping your baby to soothe.
This mobile is great because it attaches to most cribs easily. However, it is not very portable in comparison to some of the other mobiles in our collection.
This mobile will entertain your baby by playing 3 different songs. The mobile automatically spins while playing the soothing music, helping your baby to fall asleep. It also includes a collection of animals for your baby to look at.
11. LbLa Baby Musical Crib Mobile
Colorful display of animals
Includes up to 16 songs
Can be used as toys when the baby gets older
Comes with a 24-month warranty
Only attaches to a crib
The LbLa Baby Musical Crib Mobile offers a colorful display of rotating animals that your baby will enjoy watching.Read more
The mobile features a colorful owl, hedgehog, and squirrel that twirl around on the mobile. This movement is accompanied by 16 soothing musical songs that will help soothe your baby to sleep. The mobile can be easily attached to a crib and when your baby gets older the colorful animals can be disassembled and played with as toys. The piece has been made from BPA-free materials and CPSC, EN71, 7P certified. It also comes with a 24-months quality guarantee.
This LbLa baby mobile will give your baby auditory stimulation by playing a variety of songs. The mobile features colorful animals that move on the mobile giving your baby visual stimulation. When your baby gets older the colorful animals can be unattached and played within the bath, giving your baby tactile stimulation.
This mobile can be easily fixed to a crib by attaching the simple green buckle and fixed strap to the rails and spindles of the crib. When your baby gets older the animals can be disassembled and played within the bath.
Featuring a variety of animals, your baby will enjoy watching these adorable pieces dance and twirl. This mobile also plays up to 16 different songs that will help soothe your baby to sleep.
12. Nordic Nursery Wooden Peal Baby Girl Mobile
Made from wooden beads
No batteries required
Features no music
Not brightly colored
The Nordic Nursery Wooden Peal Baby Girl Mobile is both a contemporary piece of decoration for your babies’ room and acts as a lovely mobile.Read more
The hand-crafted mobile consists of different colored wooden beads that hang from the mobile. Suitable to hang from the ceiling, this mobile will keep your baby calm as they fall asleep. This is a great piece of decoration that would suit any modern baby room. The wood used is non-toxic and environmentally friendly. The piece is made purely by hand.
The wooden mobile will give your baby lots of visual stimulation as it twirls around, relaxing your baby and sending them off to sleep. Unfortunately, this mobile does not come with any music.
The mobile is ideal for hanging over a baby’s crib. The handmade mobile can be easily attached to the ceiling. Unfortunately, this mobile is not very portable when comparing it to some of the other mobiles in our collection.
The wooden beads featured in this mobile will entertain and relax your baby as they watch them, while gently drifting off to sleep.
13. Wendy Bellissimo Baby Mobile
Chic style mobile
Made from high-quality materials
Attaches to crib easily
Does not feature any music
If you have a stylish chic baby nursery and want a black and white themed mobile to complete the room, this piece from Wendy Bellissimo new stars collection may be exactly what you have been looking for.Read more
The mobile will gently lull your baby off to sleep by watching the stars dance above their head. Made from high-quality durable material, this mobile can easily be attached to a baby's crib and as they grow, can be transferred to a toddler's bed.
The whimsical mobile provides visual stimulation as your baby can watch the stars dance over their head. Unfortunately, this mobile does not feature any music. It also lacks color which is a little disappointing.
The mobile can be easily attached to a crib when your baby is little. When they get bigger and move to a toddler bed, the mobile can easily be transferred to the larger bed.
This Wendy Bellissimo Baby Mobile includes 4 stars that your baby can watch while they gently fall asleep.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
When evaluating these mobiles for this top 10 list, we like to keep three key aspects in mind. As always, our most pressing concern is safety. When judging a mobile’s overall safety, we like to look at the mobile’s sturdiness and weight to gauge its potential risks. For more on the safety of mobiles, go down to the safety section. We then like to look at the development, these mobiles can offer infants and toddlers. Typically, we look at the auditory and visual development a mobile should offer. For more on the developmental aspects of mobiles, go down to the development section.
And, finally, we like to look at the entertainment values of the mobile. This is typically measured by how engaged a child is when playing or engaging with a mobile. For more about the entrainment aspect of mobiles, go down to the entertainment section.
It’s important that you begin developing your child’s sense of sight and hearing now because it’s these senses that allow your child to communicate with the world.
Mobiles with both a musical and visual component took precedence over those that didn’t because they had more to offer in the developmental department. We also found it very important that the mobiles had a moving component to help with children’s hand-eye coordination.
Just like choosing the best crib or even the best sleep essential for babies, the process for selecting the best cot mobile to be included in our list is pretty straightforward.
We just utilized the same formula we have been adhering to ever since we embarked on this mission to bring you only the best products that you will find invaluable in caring for your children. To choose a crib mobile to include on our list, we looked at the developmental appropriateness of the product. While these can be classified as toys, they are more geared towards one very particular aspect of a young infant’s sensorimotor development. As such, it is imperative that a baby musical mobile or even a lights-up kiddie kinetic structure should fulfill this very fundamental requirement. Now, if the baby soother comes with another feature that will help address another aspect of a baby’s development such as his or her cognitive abilities> as well as a beginning sense of self and social awareness, then we’d give that particular product an extra point for each feature that has a developmental benefit to infants.
Finally, what use is a mobile if it doesn’t entertain and engage your child?
We wanted to be certain that the mobiles on this top 10 list appealed to children of all ages and kept them entrained from the moment they went into the crib to the moment they fell asleep. To gauge this, we looked at numerous parent reviews to order and chose the best mobiles for this list. Only mobiles that were extremely engaging and entertaining to children between infancy and the age of three made it onto this list.
We did not stop there. We also had to scrutinize the design of the playpen or crib attachment. These must be fully constructed of only the safest materials available. It is also imperative that there are no small parts that can be easily removed or detached as infants have this very fierce reputation that any object they can put their hands on can be moved straight to their mouths.
While they don’t necessarily think of it this way as the action is more reflexive, it nevertheless poses a threat to their safety. Dangling cords are also examined as too long a cord can wrap around the baby’s neck. Such little details can mean a lot if it’s all about your baby’s safety.
We also read quite a number of customer reviews and feedbacks that gave us an idea of the personal experiences of parents and their babies regarding the use of such baby soothers and kinetic structures. We wanted to make sure that when we included a musical cot mobile on our list, parents have the same views as we did. And with these, we were able to complete our list of ten truly amazing baby mobiles any infant will love.
Baby cot mobiles are more than mere attachments to our kids’ cribs, playpens, or bassinets. These are important tools for infants’ development. Our top 10 baby mobiles will help you choose the best one for your baby.
Other Factors to Consider
As we said earlier, safety is the most important aspect of any product we review for our top 10 lists. But mobiles need to be especially safe because they literally hang over a child while they sleep. For these top 10 mobiles, we made sure they weren’t too heavy and very sturdy so that they had the smallest possible chances of falling over. We also made sure that the assembly of these mobiles was easy to understand and follow so that the smallest chance of error was possible.
We all know that baby cot mobiles are important for their development. But did you ever wonder what aspect of their development we are actually helping? Here are the developmental benefits of these types of baby gadgets.
Stimulate the senses – Mobiles for babies make excellent tools for the development of their senses particularly their visual perception. If the gadget comes with additional features such as music and textures, then auditory and tactile sensory perception are also developed. This serves as the foundation for your young child’s cognitive abilities.
Develop motor skills – Babies will naturally attempt to reach for these gadgets as they get stimulated. In some devices, they will be pressing buttons and feeling on plush toys. These will require the coordination of motor movements which can help in the overall expansion of their motor skills.
Helps soothe and relax babies – Musical mobiles provide superb soothing benefit for young children. Those with projector features and night lamps can all provide a more relaxed environment for young kids. These will help them feel more relaxed, secure, and safe in their cribs or nursery room.
Helps babies learn – The animals, shapes, and colors that are hung on the cot mobile can be great learning tools for children. They learn colors, shapes, patterns, and even animals and other things. They also learn different phrases and sounds. All of these can help in their cognitive development.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: What is the purpose of a mobile?
The purpose of a mobile is to relax and lull your child to sleep. The mobile is also used to help stimulate your child’s overall growth and development. Many have light, sound, and moving components to give your child a stimulating, and overall beneficial experience.
q: When will my child stop needing a mobile?
Typically, children stop needing mobiles once they begin to sleep in beds. This is different for all children as some mature faster than others, but that’s usually when they stop needing mobiles.
q: When should I get a mobile for my child?
Most professionals recommend getting a mobile for your child as soon as they are born. The faster you can begin to develop their visual and auditory senses, the better. And, because newborns have very difficult sleep schedules, the mobile will help them sleep through the night.
q: If my child has special needs, what kind of mobile should I get?
Well, that depends on the kind of special needs your child has. Most special needs children are very sensitive to light and sound, so buying a mobile with either soft light and sound, or no light and sound, might be the best move.
q: Are there different kinds of mobiles?
There are mobiles that strictly play music, ones that strictly rotate, ones that do both, and ones that project images. Depending on your child’s needs, any one of these mobiles will work. Usually, mobiles that both turn and play music are the most popular, but for children that get overstimulated rather quickly, a mobile that does one or the other might be best.
q: What can I use instead of a mobile?
If you’re worried about mobiles because of certain safety issues, then a music box will work in a similar fashion. A music box can play soothing music to help get your child to sleep, but, unfortunately, cannot entertain your baby the same way a mobile can.
q: How often should I get a new mobile?
Depending on the kind of mobile you get, you might never need a new one. Specifically look for mobiles that can be used from infancy all the way through toddlerhood to avoid buying multiple mobiles.
q: What are the safety issues with mobiles?
The biggest safety concern with mobiles is them falling on top of your child. If a mobile isn’t properly clamped onto the crib or is too heavy for the crib, it can fall and seriously harm your child. Always follow the setup instructions precisely when setting up a mobile, and always keep a baby monitor handy so you can hear if it falls.