Finding the Best Baby Mobile

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Best Baby Mobile

Complete your Nursery with a Baby Mobile

Choosing the best baby mobile for your little one’s nursery can often mean much more than finding a lovely, decorative piece to match the theme of your baby’s room.  While this may be just the thing you are looking for, keep in mind that mobiles are meant to soothe baby, and stimulate their visual development as they lie on their backs and gaze in wonder at the world above them.

How to Choose the Best Baby Mobile

Choosing the best baby mobile for your nursery will require you to look evaluate several factors.

First, where would you like your mobile to hang?  Most mobiles will either hang from the ceiling, or attach to the crib and hang from the side, head, or foot of the structure.

Best Baby Mobile

The next thing to decide is how you would like your mobile to operate.  There are two sources of operation for baby mobiles: wind operated, and mechanically operated.  Wind operated mobiles are usually very light and spin easily with even a small breeze.  Mechanically operated mobiles utilize batteries or manual, wind-up motor.

Finally, baby mobiles come with several different features.  These features may include music, lights, detachable toys, and even the option to carry the mobile with you and attach it to a crib, play yard, carrier, car seat, or stroller.

So, when choosing your mobile, you should decide which options you would like for your baby in conjunction with choosing colors and patterns that match your nursery’s theme.

The Best Baby Mobiles

To help you choose the best baby mobile for your nursery, we have compiled a list of the top 10 baby mobiles and sorted them by wind operated and mechanically operated.  Be sure to check out the table at the end of the list to quickly compare and choose the best baby mobile!

Wind Operated Mobiles

 Best Baby Mobile
This lovely little mobile hangs from the ceiling in your baby’s nursery, captivating their attention with gentle, wind operated movements and softly colored toys.  The delicately painted wooden toys add a simplistic touch to your baby’s nursery.  This mobile will begin to strengthen your baby’s visual development from birth!
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Moves easily with small breezes
  • Beautifully painted wooden characters
  • Gender neutral
Cons
  • Does not play music
  • Does not light up


Tik Tak Design Co. Baby Crib Mobile

Best Baby Mobile

This beautiful and unique mobile is handcrafted and made in New Zealand!  The crafters of these lovely mobiles use multiple color combinations and soft, 100% natural materials to create these whimsical looking mobiles.

The mobile includes a string in order to hang the mobile from the ceiling.  However, if you wish for your mobile to spin, you should separately purchase a basic mechanically operated crib attachment arm to hang this mobile from.

The best thing about this mobile is that, as each one is individually crafted, yours will not be exactly like any other!  It’s truly unique and a special addition to your nursery!

Pros
  • Hand crafted
  • 100% natural materials
  • Lightweight
  • Unique
  • Visually stimulating
Cons
  • Does not spin
  • Does not play music
  • Does not light up


Schylling Tin Hot Air Balloon Mobile Toy

Best Baby Mobile

This charming mobile brings a classic look to your baby’s nursery!  The colorful tin air balloons will spin and sway in light breezes, capturing your baby’s attention and soothing them while stimulating early visual development.  The mobile is lightweight and mounts to the nursery ceiling.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Colorful
  • Classic look
  • Visually stimulating
Cons
  • Does not play music
  • Does not light up


Goki Mobile Dragon Baby Toy

Best Baby Mobile

Let your baby’s imagination run wild with whimsical, colorful dragon friends!  This is another beautifully painted peice from Goki.  The gentle, wind powered movement and multi colored characters will soothe your baby while strengthening their visual development from birth.  This mobile hangs from the ceiling, and is an adorable addition to your baby’s nursery!

Pros
  • Beautifully painted
  • Colorful
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • Does not play music
  • Does not light up


Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile for Cribs

Best Baby Mobile

**Editor’s Choice!**

This mobile uses high contrast colors and black-and-white patterns to fully engage baby’s visual development from birth.  This mobile design was developed in 1988 and has since earned several awards for its research-based design that focuses on visual development.

This mobile moves gently in light breezes, but can be spun manually.  Simply spin the mobile several times until the suspension cord is tightened, and it will slowly spin for a short time, which engages baby’s attention while still allowing them to focus on the colors and patterns.

The mobile attaches to your baby’s crib and features cards rather than toys that are interchangeable and reversible, with each side featuring a colorful or black-and-white pattern.  This feature allows you to customize your baby’s experience with this mobile.

Manhattan Toy’s Stim-Mobile is easy to use and with it’s developmental focus and award winning history, this mobile is Editor’s Choice!

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Award winning history
  • Research-based developmental toy
  • High-contrast black-and-white and colored cards
  • Customizable
Cons
  • Does not play music
  • Does not light up


Mechanically Operated Mobiles

Tiny Love Take Along Mobile

Best Baby Mobile

This colorful and engaging mobile is an ideal take-along toy.  It attaches to cribs, carriers, strollers, bassinets and more!  It includes 5 melodies which play continuoulsy for more than 30 minutes.  The spinning toys are powered by 3 AAA batteries.  The brightly colored toys with geometric patterns will capture your baby’s attention while enhancing their senses and intellectual development.

Pros
  • Brightly colored with geometric patterns
  • Spins and plays music
  • Attaches to cribs, bassinets, carriers, and strollers
Cons
  • Cannot adjust music volume


Fisher-Price Moonlight Meadow Smart Connect 2-in-1 Projection Mobile

Best Baby Mobile

This high-tech mobile is definitely worth the price tag!  SmartConnect technology allows you to control the mobile from your phone or tablet without disturbing baby.  This mobile is powered by D batteries.

This mobile features an overhead projected light show, soft amber night light, and 3 sound options: music, white noise, or nature sounds.  The motion of the mobile promotes early eye tracking skills and visual development.

When baby outgrows the mobile, the overhead toys can be removed.  Once converted, the unit will still play sounds, and the overhead light will project onto the ceiling rather than the mobile’s canopy.

Pros
  • 3 sound options
  • SmartConnect control
  • Overhead light show
  • Soft amber night light
  • Colorful toys
Cons
  • Some users reported poor SmartConnect app connection
  • Volume is not adjustable


Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies Projection Mobile

Best Baby Mobile

 

This adorable mobile also features an overhead projection light show.  Stars will light up your little one’s ceiling, and the mobile’s clouds will softly glow.  Choose from 4 melodies or 4 nature sounds to soothe your baby.  This mobile runs on a combination of C batteries and AAA batteries.

This mobile comes with a one-touch remote to easily turn on the mobile without disturbing your baby.  The volume can be controlled from the mobile’s base.  The soft colors and versatility of this mobile make it a charming and soothing addition to your baby’s nursery.

Pros
  • One-touch easy start remote
  • Glowing clouds
  • Overhead light projection
  • 4 melodies
  • 4 nature sounds
  • Volume control
Cons
  • Users reported loud motor
  • Users reported frequent battery changes


VTech Baby Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile

Best Baby Mobile

This underwater-themed mobile features brightly colored sea friends and projects a sea-themed light show onto your baby’s ceiling.  More than 45 soothing lullabies and nature sounds will calm your baby at night, and music activates automatically when baby begins to cry, allowing your baby time to self-soothe.

The adorable whale friend’s belly lights up and shuffles through various soft and soothing colors.  The spinning sea friends will capture your baby’s attention and enhance visual development and eye tracking.  This mobile runs on AA batteries.

Pros
  • Overhead light projection
  • Brightly colored toys
  • 45 lullabies and nature sounds
  • Detects crying and plays music automatically
Cons
  • No volume control


Tiny Love Classic Developmental Mobile 

Best Baby Mobile

This mobile is designed for stimulation and development.  It features a unique spinning motion and brightly colored toys with black-and-white high contrast spirals and patterns for visual development.  Select from 3 classical melodies for 20 minutes of continuous soothing music for your baby.

Other features include a soft nightlight and volume control.  Remove the neck of the mobile to convert to a crib-side music toy with night light as your baby grows.  This mobile runs on C Batteries.

Pros
  • Volume control
  • 3 melodies with 20 minutes of continuous play
  • High contrast colors and patterns for visual development
  • Unique spinning motion
Cons
  • Beads on mobile arms clank loudly when spinning
  • Minimal sound/music selection


Compare and Choose

Use this table to easily compare and select the best baby mobile for little one’s nursery!

Product NameImagePriceFeaturesRating
Goki Mobile Sheeps Baby Toy$Wind operated,
Ceiling mounted,
Lightweight,
Beautifully painted wooden characters,
Engages baby's senses,
Stimulates visual development

Tik Tak Design Co. Baby Crib Mobile
$$Hand crafted from natural materials,
Ceiling mounted,
Lightweight
Unique,
Multiple color options,
Visually stimulating

Schylling Tin Hot Air Balloon Mobile Toy$$Classic look,
Visually stimulating,
Colorful,
Ceiling mounted,
Lightweight

Goki Mobile Dragon Baby Toy$Ceiling mounted,
Lightweight,
Beautifully painted wooden characters,
Engage's baby's senses,
Stimulates visual development

Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile for Cribs **EDITOR'S CHOICE**$$Award-winning design,
Designed for visual and intellectual development,
Lightweight,
High contrast black-and-white and colored cards,
Customizable

Tiny Love Take Along Mobile$Five melodies,
30 minutes of continues music play,
Colorful toys with geometric patterns,
Take-along mobile fits to almost any crib, carrier, stroller, etc.,
Battery operated

Fisher-Price Moonlight Meadow Smart Connect 2-in-1 Projection Mobile$$$$SmartConnect allows you to control mobile from phone or tablet,
Canopy light with projection,
Three music and sound options,
Colorful plush toys,
Amber night light,
Battery operated

Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies Projection Mobile$$$$Overhead light projection,
4 melodies,
4 nature sounds,
Comes with one-touch start remote,
Glowing clouds,
Battery operated

VTech Baby Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile$$Overhead light projection,
Long playing soft music,
More than 45 melodies and sounds,
Crying sensor activates music,
Battery operated
Tiny Love Classic Developmental Mobile $$$Unique spinning motion,
High-contrast colors and black-and-white patterns for visual development,
3 classical melodies,
20 minutes of continuous sound,
Soft night light,
Battery operated

Safety First!

As always, we encourage the safest practices when using any type of baby gear.  Here are a few tips for safely utilizing a mobile in your baby’s nursery.

  • Mobiles should hang at least 12 inches away from your baby.
  • Remove mobile when your baby can sit up and reach the toys.  This will prevent them from pulling the mobile off and possibly injuring themselves.  If the mobile’s toys are suspended by strings or wire, your baby could become entangled, causing a dangerous loss of circulation, or even strangulation.  Make sure mobiles are always out of baby’s reach!
  • If your mobile hangs from the ceiling, be sure to use the proper fasteners and that the hanging supports can properly hold the weight of the mobile.

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