The 10 Best Baby Mobiles
Reviews and Buyers Guide
What is a baby mobile?
A baby mobile is a hanging structure usually made of plastic that hangs above your baby’s crib. They usually have small stuffed animals or baby toys that hang down and rotate in a circular motion. Many baby mobiles play music. They usually play common nursery rhymes or classical music. Some baby mobiles are meant to entertain and stimulate your baby while they are laying in their cribs. Others are meant to soothe baby by easing crying and help them sleep.
Do I really need a baby mobile?
Baby mobiles not only look adorable as part of your nursery décor, they serve an important purpose. They provide a soothing and cozy environment, which is important for your baby’s physical growth and intellectual development.
Baby mobiles also entertain your baby. If your baby wakes up, they watch their mobile for a little while before they start crying to be picked up. It can give you some extra time and what parent doesn’t need a little extra time?
We at kidsplayandcreate.com came up with a list of the best baby mobiles, based on personal use, research and reading countless reviews. Check out our list below of our top picks in baby mobiles.
Different Types of Baby Mobiles
There are three types of baby mobiles
Ceiling mounted baby mobiles– Mobiles that are attached to the ceiling over the baby’s crib. Years ago ceiling mounted mobiles were the only mobiles available. Today there are other obtains.
Crib mounted baby mobiles – Baby mobiles that are attached to the crib itself. These are the most popular baby mobiles. When you are getting ready to purchase a crib mounted baby mobile, it is important to check that it is compatible with your crib. Although crib mounted baby mobiles do fit most cribs that do not fit all. You can check by looking at the baby mobile box, going on their website or checking with the manufacturer.
Stroller Arches – A stroller arch is essentially a baby mobile that attaches to the baby’s stroller or infant carrier. They are great to have. Stroller arches can entertain your baby while out on walks or running errands.
Do All Baby Mobiles Move?
Most baby mobiles have some type of movement. Years ago you could only get two types of movement. The mobiles that hang down from the ceiling waiting for a slight breeze to move around or one that moved in one circular motion. Nowadays you have more choices. They still have baby mobiles that can hang and wait for that slight breeze. They still have the baby mobiles that move in one circular motion but they also have mobiles that move clockwise, counterclockwise, up and down or all three. We at kidsplayandcreate.com suggest that you purchase a baby mobile that moves. They are much more fun and entertaining for baby.
With so many baby mobiles to choose from the writers at kidplayandcreate.com made a list of the top baby mobiles on the market. This list is based on our own personal reviews, other reviews from real moms, and research. I hope this list helps you on your journey to finding the best baby mobile for your baby.
Best Baby Mobile with Music
Tiny Love Meadow Days Soothe ‘N Groove Mobile
Tiny Love Meadow Days Soothe ‘n Groove Mobile
This mobile by Tiny Love is super cute. I mean who doesn’t like little colorful animals? It comes in three themes featuring different plush toys for each theme. Blue comes with a monkey, giraffe, and elephant, Meadow Days comes with a rabbit, fox, and porcupine and the princess features a ladybug, butterfly, and fairy. The spinning characters on the mobiles are designed to help stimulate and engage babies. Spinning mobiles are great to help babies learn to focus and they also help strengthen the eye muscles. This mobile can play 40 minutes of continuous music. It has 6 categories of music with a total of 18 songs to choose from including jazz, world nature, classical lullaby, and white noise. Music plays an important role in your baby’s development. Many scientists believe that music can enhance your baby’s memory and help develop language. As your baby grows, the music box can detach from the mobile and be used as a portable music box for toddlers. This mobile easily attaches to most cribs and is durable. It’s a great product for baby.
- Comes in three themes (blue, meadow days, princess) with different plush toys for each theme
- Mobile spins
- 40 minutes of continuous music, 6 categories of music with a total of 18 songs to choose from
- Detach mobile to use as a portable music box for your toddler
- Easily attaches to most cribs
- Requires 3 C batteries, not included
- Cannot be attached to a pack n play
- Dimensions 4.8x16x13.5 inches
- Weight 3 ½ pounds
Best Baby Mobile with Projector Lights
Fisher-Price Precious Planet 2-in-1 Projection Mobile
Fisher-Price Precious Planet 2-in-1 Projection Mobile
We love this mobile by Fisher-Price. This gender neutral mobile is perfect for both baby girls and boys. It has colorful plush animals including a teal whale, white polar bear, green alligator and a yellow lion that helps baby learn to focus. It has three musical settings including classic lullabies by Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart, nature/ocean sounds or heartbeat, and womb sounds to help soothe baby. As we mentioned before, music plays an important role in your baby’s development and helps enhance memory and develop language. The music can play continuously for 20 minutes. The mobile also features a light show that projects images onto the ceiling. One of the most popular features includes the ability to remove the mobile and project the light show directly onto the ceiling for a better view, which is perfect for older babies. This mobile also comes with a remote control, so you can control it without fully going into babies room.
- Four colorful plush animals including a teal whale, white polar bear, green alligator and yellow lion
- Easily attaches to most cribs. Cannot attach to a pack n play
- Plays continuous music for 20 minutes in three different themes, classical lullaby, nature/ocean sounds or womb and white noise sounds
- Comes with a remote control (requires 2 AA batteries, not included)
- Mobile spins 360 degrees
- Mobile requires 4 D batteries, not included
- Dimensions 23.5 x 17 x 18 inches
- Weight 5 pounds
Best Baby Mobile for under $20
Fisher-Price Woodland Friends 3-in-1 Musical Mobile
Fisher-Price Woodland Friends 3-in-1 Musical Mobile
This mobile by Fisher-Price is great for the price. In our opinion, it is the best crib mobile for under $20. This mobile can easily attach to most cribs. It has a super cute design with brightly colored forest animals. It has a large grey colored musical owl holding three forest friends; a bright colored red fox, a bright orange bear, and bright blue raccoon. The musical owl can detach from the mobile to bring on the go. This mobile is gender neutral which makes it great for that special baby boy or baby girl in your life. It can continuously play music for up to 20 minutes. Again, we love mobiles that play music. Music plays an essential role in your baby’s language, auditory and overall intellectual development. Your baby will be engaged as he or she watches this mobile with colorful colors spin round and round while lying in their crib.
- A musical owl that can detach and be brought on the go
- 20 minutes of continuous music play
- 2 levels of music sound
- Colorful forest friends (fox, bear, and raccoon) that hang down.
- Dimensions 9x16x20 inches
- Good product for the price
- Requires AAA batteries
Best Baby Mobile for Baby Development
Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim Mobile To Go
Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim Mobile To Go Travel Toy
This is a popular mobile among parents. Wimmer-Ferguson has been researching infant development for over 40 years. They design toys that are simple, have high contract images, patterns, and colors that adapt to each infant’s level of visual development starting from birth. Studies show that infants are more attracted to high-contrast patterns than to color or brightness along. Wimmer-Ferguson toys encourage hand-eye coordination, gross motor activity, and self-awareness. That is why this compact, on the go mobile made our top-rated list. It is the perfect toys for strollers, car seats and infant carriers. It’s an overall great travel toy for your baby. This travel mobile is designed with three reversible circle cards that have basic high contrast shapes and images on one side and bright colors and patterns on the other side, designed to instantly capture baby’s attention and help them focus. This lightweight mobile was designed for babies 0-6 months.
- Created by Wimmer-Ferguson who have over 40 years of research in infant development.
- Comes with a sturdy clamp that helps it attach to most strollers, infant carriers, and car seats.
- High contrast graphics and patterns help increase early visual and multi-sensory development.
- Designed with three reversible cards with black and white images and graphics on one side and bright colors on the opposite side.
- Recommended for babies birth-6 months
- Extremely lightweight 1.4 ounces
- Product dimensions 7x7x7 inches
Best Stroller Arch
Tiny Love Meadow Days Sunny Stroll Stroller Arch
Tiny Love Meadow Days Sunny Stroll Stroller Arch
In our opinion stroller, arches are the best! It’s like bringing the fun with you. This portable mobile comes with a universal attachment clip that fits most strollers, infant carriers, car seats, and bouncers. We love that you can attach and detach this arch and bring it everywhere and use it with all your essential baby items. The arch is flexible so you can adjust it to alter the toys that are within baby’s vision and reach. This is a great feature for your growing baby. This adorable arch features plush toys, mirror, teething toys and rattles making it a fun experience for baby. It also has a baby activated propeller. Its colorful design and bright colors keep babies interest. It’s durable and well made with makes it a great travel accessory.
- The arch can be angled and adjusted to an ideal position for baby
- Universal clips make it easy to attach to most strollers, infant carriers, car seats, and bouncers
- It has stimulating and engaging features such as plush toys, rattling sounds, mirror, teether, and baby activated propeller.
- Lightweight 1.6 pounds
- Dimensions 2.8 x 19.9 x 12.4 inches
Best on-the-go Baby Mobile
Tiny Love Take Along Mobile
Tiny Love Take Along Mobile, Animal Friends, Blue
You can bring this take along mobile by Tiny Love anywhere. It was specifically designed to easily attach and detach to strollers, crib, bassinets, infant carriers, car seats, bouncers and even play yards or pack n plays. Again we love the baby mobiles that you can take on the go. They are so convenient to have and fund for baby. It has 3 ways to attach to your baby’s items; the Velcro fastener is great for an infant carrier, the large sturdy clip makes it easy to attach to strollers and the arm enables you to attach it easily to the crib. This is the most universal baby mobile on our list. Not only is this mobile convenient, it’s adorable. Your baby will love the colorful animal friends, white geometric designs and 30 minutes of continuous music play. It also has the option of spinning with the music or without. It comes in three different themes including The unisex Animal Friends and Meadow Days or with the very pink Princess theme. Give your baby a sense of security with this take everywhere mobile.
- 30 minutes of continuous music play with 5 different melodies
- Can easily attach to a variety of baby items including most strollers, crib, car seats, infant carriers, bouncers, play yards/pack n play
- Has the option to spin with music on or without
- Comes in three different themes including Animal Friends, Meadow Days and Princess
- Item weight 6.7 ounces
- Dimensions 8.1 x 12.6 x 11.4 inches
- Requires 3AA batteries, not included
Best Baby Mobile with Nightlight
Tiny Love Sweet Island Dreams Mobile
This cute baby mobile has an island theme and bright colors. It is designed to look like a tree with branches holding three plush animals including a colorful giraffe, monkey, and bird. One of our favorite features it that not only does the mobile rotate but the animals handing down also rotate 360 degrees. This mobile also comes with a music box that can also detach from the mobile. The music box plays 4 different types of music, Mozart, Bach, Nature sounds and Island sounds. The music can play continuously for 20 minutes. The monkey featured on the music box also doubles as a nightlight. The nightlight gives off a nice soft light for the baby. The music box can be operated by the included remote. Remotes are great to have especially if you want the mobile to continue to function without going up to it and pressing the button, letting baby see you.
- Island theme
- Mobile rotates, the three plush animals a giraffe, monkey, and bird also rotate
- Remote included
- 20 minutes of continuous music
- 3 c batteries required
- Item weight 2 pounds
- Dimensions 16 x 22 x 27 inches
Next X Flash B201 Baby Bedding Crib Musical Mobile
NextX Flash B201 Baby Bedding Crib Musical Mobile with Hanging Rotating Soft Colorful Plush Dolls, 20 Melodies
This cute mobile is unisex and can be used for a boy or a girl. It is designed with 5 plush toys including a giraffe, butterfly, seahorse, star, and plane. The plush toys can be detached from the mobile and played with individually. This is a great feature for older babies who may want to play with the plush toys. This mobile can easily attach to most cribs. It can also be detached from a crib and be attached to most strollers, which makes it a great on the go mobile. This mobile includes a music box that plays 20 soothing melodies. Its bright colors will keep baby engaged and happy.
- Five plush toys that can be detached and played with individually
- Music box that plays 20 soothing melodies
- Can be attached to most cribs and strollers
- Cannot be used with play yards or pack n plays
- Easy setup
- Weight 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions 18.9×12.2×21.6 inches
- Requires 2 AA batteries, not included
Best Mobile for DIY Moms and Dads
VicTsing 26 Inch Baby Crib Mobile
VicTsing 26 inch Baby Crib Mobile Music Box Holder Arm Bracket Nut Screw Box
This mobile was made for those creative moms and dads out there who want to create their own mobile. This baby crib mobile and music box does not come with any toys, in fact, it is just the frame. You can purchase toys separately, have your toys custom made from sites like Etsy or you can hand make your own. The creative possibilities are endless with this mobile. It can clip on to cribs that have railing up to 1.57 inches thick with a height up to 2.75 inches. This mobile does spin round and round like other mobiles. It also comes with a wind-up music box that plays You Are My Sunshine for 2-3 minutes. You can also purchase a separate music box to attach.
- Ability to create your very own mobile
- Wind up music box that plays You Are My Sunshine
- Comes with 4 piece crib bracket set, wind up music box
- Attaches to cribs with railing up to 1.57 inches thick with a height of 2.75 inches
- Does not comes with toys
- Weight 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions 13 x 8.2x 4.8 inches
Shiloh Baby Music Mobile Battery-Operated 60 Songs
SHILOH Baby Musical Mobile Battery-operated 60 Songs White
People often purchase this music mobile to go with the VicTsing 26 Inch Baby Crib Mobile listed above. This musical mobile can play 60 soothing sounds and songs continuously for 30 minutes. You can control the music and the mobile’s ability to spin separately. It is a great addition to your mobile.
- Made from environmentally safe, non-toxic ABS material
- Plays 60 soothing sounds and songs for your baby
- Plays for 30 minutes continuously
- Automatic shut-off
- Music with start from the song it stopped at
- You can control the music and mobile’s ability to spin separately
The answer is yes! They can help with a baby’s vision, hearing, focus, hand-eye coordination
Most baby mobiles rotate or have moving parts. While your baby is watching their mobile, their eye muscles that control eye movement get stronger. As their muscles get stronger, it helps their vision develop properly.
Most mobiles come in bright colors or high contrast colors and patterns. These are known to stimulate baby and let their eyes focus, which can help improve their overall vision.
Hand-Eye Coordination- Most baby monitors have toys/objects that hang down and spin round and round. Watch as your baby will go from randomly swatting the toys to learning to control their hands and reaching and grabbing for the toys that they want to touch.
Auditory Development –Music not only soothes the baby but plays an important role in auditory development. Some scientists believe that music has positive effects on a baby’s physical, emotional and intellectual development. Many believe that it helps develop language and enhances memory.
What Are Recommended Features for a Baby Mobile?
Today baby mobiles are equipped with a bunch of features. We at kidsplayandcreate.com feel that when picking out a baby mobile they should have bright colors, play a variety of music and have engaging features such as plush toys or mirrors. We also recommend buying your baby a baby mobile that moves. Moving baby mobiles are fun for babies to watch and can keep babies entertained longer. It is also nice to have one that you can detach from a crib and take with you. This gives the baby a sense of security.
Do Baby Mobiles Require Batteries?
Unless they say wind up, most baby mobiles do require batteries. Check the description of your item to find out what size and how many you need. One of the worse things is setting up your baby mobile, and then realizing that you don’t have the necessary batteries to turn it on. Of all of the mobiles we found, none of them indicated that the batteries were included.
How Much Do Baby Mobiles Cost?
Most baby mobiles cost between $25-$60 dollars. The Fisher-Price Mobile Forest Friend Mobile on our list was under $20. According to our reviews, it was also the best mobile we found for under $20. Remember you get what you pay for. Sometimes paying a little more means that it will be better quality.
Do Baby Mobiles Make Good Baby Shower Gifts?
Most moms today have baby registries and pick out specific mobiles. If the mom-to-be does not have a baby registry or you want to choose something off the registry a baby mobile is a great gift. I would go with an on the go mobile such as the Tiny Love Meadow Days Sunny Stroll Stroller Arch, Tiny Love Take Along Mobile or the Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim Mobile to Go. This way if they have a specific design picked out for their nursery, they can still use the mobile when they are out and about. We found that moms loved the ability to take the mobile with them by attaching it to the stroller or car seat. It helped soothe the baby on the go.
Baby Mobile Safety
As a parent, the safety of our baby is always on our minds. Every time we purchase something for our baby we want to make sure it is safe. Baby mobiles are no exception. Following the steps below to keep your baby safe.
Step 1: The first thing you want to do after you purchase your baby mobile is to register it with the manufacturer. This is an important step that many people skip. Why is important to register your baby mobile? Being registered means that the manufacturer has your information and are able to contact you immediately if there is a recall on your product. It important to always register any baby item with the manufacturer.
Step 2: Make sure that the baby mobile is hung correctly. You do not want to skip the directions and guess how to put it up. You don’t want anything to fall down on your baby and into the crib.
Step 3: Once your baby mobile is attached to the ceiling or crib make sure that the strings hang down 7 inches long or less. This is standard for all new baby mobiles, however, hand-me-down, antique or handmade mobiles might not be measured out correctly. Long hanging strings present a strangling risk. All strings must be out of baby’s reach.
Step 4: Once your baby is able to grab or sit up on their own make sure they are unable to reach the mobile. You never want your baby to be able to touch a mobile that is meant to hang above the crib. If they pull on the mobile, pieces may fall off causing a risk of choking risk.
Step 5: After you hang up your mobile check it for any loose hardware of toys. Make sure everything is secure. Again, you do not want loose pieces to fall off and cause a risk of choking.
We at kidsplayandcreate.com hoped that you enjoyed the list of our top picks in baby mobiles. We hope that reading our list helped you in making a decision on which baby mobile to purchase. Remember that every baby is different and what one may like another may not. Good luck with your little and enjoy every moment.