In the uber-long list of required baby items, the mobile may fall off. But, this integral part of a nursery can really tie your theme together, as well as provide entertainment for baby during your sleeping hours (ahem – so this is required).
This mama will break down for you all your best baby mobile options available out there.
If you are looking for a quick answer, the Tiny Love Meadow Days Take-Along Mobile is the best-reviewed and most popular mobile available on Amazon.com.
The 12 Absolute Best Baby Mobiles
|Best Mobile||Why It's Best||Mom Rating|
|Tiny Love Meadow Days Take Along Mobile||The universal mount comes with bright colored friends and fun music to keep your baby entertained for a long time.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Fisher-Price Precious Planet 2-in-1 Projection Mobile||Plays classical lullabies while projecting a picture; can convert into a toddler projector for later.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Shiloh Baby Musical Mobile||This DIY mobile music box allows you to hang your own mobile and add 30 minutes of music from 60 different songs, plus spinning.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Tiny Love Meadow Days Sunny Stroller Arch||This portable mobile is versatile and sells at a great price for buyers on a budget.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Mobile||Features black and white patterns to help with visual development.||♥♥♥♥♥|
Tiny Love Meadow Days Take-Along Mobile
The Tiny Love Meadow Days Take-Along Mobile is one of the most popular mobiles sold anywhere.
What do parents love about this mobile? It has five different melodies, 30 minutes of uninterrupted music, bright, fun colors, rotating friends to watch, and it is movable to almost anywhere. This infant mobile can attach to cribs, sleepers, playards, bassinets, and even car seats. This mobile also comes with an affordable price tag.
The second best seller comes from the same brand, the Tiny Love Animal Friends Take-Along Mobile, which is the same mobile with simpler colors. If you like the idea of black and white for baby’s visual development (more on that below), then there is the Tiny Love Magical Tales Take Along Mobile.
No matter which model you choose, they all come with music, moving animals and shapes, and easy clamping to anywhere.
Fisher-Price Precious Planet 2-in-1 Projection Mobile
If you’re looking for a projection mobile, one that projects lights onto a nearby wall, then look no further than the Fisher-Price Precious Planet 2-in-1 Projection Mobile.
This mobile has music for every taste. It includes 30 minutes of classical music from Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. It features womb and heartbeat sounds to soothe your sweet little newborn. Plus it has calming nature noises for 30 minutes.
The projector works by putting an image onto the top of the baby mobile itself. That makes a fun little show for baby to watch while they lay in their crib or bassinet. Keeping images this close makes it easier for the baby to focus on the images, so it really keeps their attention.
As baby grows, it converts to a side crib projection box. This basically means that it stays attached to the crib, but the actual moving mobile part comes off. It still plays music sounds, plus it projects fun images on the wall or ceiling. It’s perfect for an older baby or toddler.
It is a bit more costly than other options on this list, but has a projection as well as will last you through two stages instead of just one. Plus, the smart attachment mechanism means that it really does work with most cribs, even those with super thick top rails.
Shiloh Baby Musical Mobile
The SHILOH Baby Musical Mobile is a musical add-on to a mobile. This basically allows you to take any toy and make it into a mobile by hanging it on this genius little machine.
The Shiloh mobile plays 60 one minute songs with buttons to move through the tracks and automatically shuts off after 30 minutes to save energy. You can fully adjust the volume to suit different babies and ages.
The crib mobile has a hook to add a fun mobile to the bottom, as it is a simple, round music box. Any toy that you hook on the bottom will rotate since the hook turns 360 degrees.
One thing to note is that this doesn’t include the arm, either. You’ll have to purchase your own arm to hang this on. You’ll have to buy a baby crib mobile holder to go with, in addition to a toy or plain mobile to dangle.
The Shiloh honestly makes a fantastic replacement for a broken mobile where the music or turning mechanism has broken. It also makes a great way to jazz up an existing crib mobile. But, it’s not very exciting on its own, unless you are looking for a baby sound machine.
Tiny Love Meadow Days Sunny Stroll Stroller Arch
The Tiny Love Meadow Days Sunny Stroll Stroller Arch is great if you are on a budget, per function. This mobile is by far the fan-favorite for a good budget mobile. With a great price tag, the ability to move easily, and great music options, this is the most bang for your buck.
Not all mobiles need to be for cribs. This is a mobile that you can use nearly anywhere. The crab-type claws can grip onto any small surface around 2 inches or less in diameter. The car seat, the stroller, the changing table, a small crib or bassinet, or any other surface that it can fit across. You could do it in the crib, but it would have to go across a corner or on one side of the crib, attached at both ends of one rail.
As for the actual mobile, it’s totally great for attention-getting and focus-keeping. 3 items on the bar and 3 dangling items combine to make 8 different activities for baby to do. Fun textures, cool shapes, cute friends, and moving parts are all great for baby’s development.
Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Mobile
If you want a simple but effective mobile for your smaller baby, the Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Mobile is a great option that will keep their attention.
This mobile uses research that has shown that baby’s visual development responds especially well to black and white images and patterns. That’s why this nursery mobile has 10 reversible cards (labeled by recommended age), each with a different black and white pattern. There’s also some red thrown in there extra visual acuity.
As for the arch itself, the arm is adjustable and clamps on easily to most cribs or playards. The cord that holds the mobile part is able to be lengthened or shortened as needed.
OMORC Baby Crib Mobile
The OMORC Baby Crib Mobile is another musical top-seller mobile that allows you to add your own mobile decorations and plays music for 2-3 minutes. You can choose from the 26″ mobile or the 34″ mobile.
Creating your own baby mobile using toys that your baby already loves is a really popular nursery trend. This mobile allows you to be creative or original in designing your baby crib mobile. There are 5 different spots where you can hang toys of your own. You will need your own way to hang them, but ribbon, twine, or even fishing line will do the job!
The nice thing about this mobile is that it doesn’t need batteries. Both the music and the spinning rely on a wind-up mechanism to work. It plays “You Are My Sunshine” while the hook rotates.
V-Tech Soothing Ocean Slumber Mobile
Some baby mobiles project onto the ceiling, such as the VTech Soothing Ocean Slumber Mobile.
The mobile plays 45 relaxing tunes to lull your baby to sleep while projecting stars and moons onto the ceiling. There is a series of cute ocean animals that hang from the mobile like a smiling octopus and crab. The best part of this mobile is that it is sound-activated! That means when your baby starts to cry, the mobile starts playing music again!
Adjust the timer to play music for 20, 30, or 40 minutes. As your little one grows, you can transform this mobile into a fun toy that attaches to the side of the crib. Parents really enjoy this mobile but some say the mobile stopped rotating after some time.
Pehr Swan Lake Mobile
The hands-down most adorable mobiles I have seen (again, no music or lights) are by this fun brand. The Pehr Swan Lake Mobile is a unique and handmade item that is a lot different from the sing-song, character baby mobiles out there.
This is 100% made by hand. It has worsted wool balls and classic swans that decorate a string and wooden frame. The fun and modernly styled swan design can be placed in any type of nursery for a modern yet simple touch. Enjoy hanging on to this mobile for years so that it can be passed down as a family heirloom. It’s that cute!
EcoCubs Hot Air Balloons Mobile
Maybe you are looking for some out of the box designs for your baby mobile. For a neutral or colorful look, the EcoCubs Hot Air Balloons Mobile is a popular choice.
This is perfect for a retro or whimsical themed nursery. It has six handmade white clouds and nine 3D hot air balloons for your baby to look at and enjoy. Choose from three color options: White & Pale Grey, Navy Blue & Turquoise & Grey/White, or Pink & Magenta & Grey/White.
Since the balloons are a decent size, this nursery mobile is quite large. It’s too big to hang on a crib mobile mount and will need to be mounted to the ceiling. Parents love that this mobile is lightweight and easy to hang.
Authentic Model Planets Mobile
And for the budding scientist, this Planet Mobile is inspiring and educational.
For the more practical parents out there, you can give your baby something truly educational to stare at each night. This accurate mobile has the correct planetary order, as well as an accurate planet-to-planet ratio.
These planets are made from plastic outers, paper gores, and wire to connect them to the metal mobile. And let me tell you, the planets themselves are beautiful! Not a bright yellow ball for the sun, but instead a flame ball that looks hand-painted with fiery watercolors. And Planet Earth is painted in gorgeous clouded blue and green swirls. They really are pretty to look at.
One note here is to not underestimate the size. This is 20.1″ W x 53.1″ D x 17.7″ H. It’s big and bold, so make sure you have the room to fit it! If you do, baby is sure to love the huge, revolving planets all above them.
Disney Winnie the Pooh Mobile
If you are a Disney fan and want to share your love for Disney with your little one, the Disney Winnie the Pooh Mobile will be a great addition to the nursery room.
Brahms’ Lullaby plays on this mobile that features two Winnie the Pooh bears, one honeypot, and one bumblebee.
You can choose from 11 other Disney mobile designs from movies like The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and more!
Sorrel + Fern Baby Crib Woodland Mobile
The Sorrel + Fern Baby Crib Woodland Mobile is the perfect mobile for a woodland-inspired nursery room. This mobile is made from 100% eco-friendly felt and beechwood and features a 3D fox, moon, stars, pine trees, mountains, and felt balls.
Keep in mind that this woodland mobile is more of a decorative mobile, so it should not be given to baby to play with. Even so, they will enjoy relaxing and gazing at these natural materials while drifting off to sleep. Buyers say you will need to buy a string or arm hook separately since this doesn’t come with one and that the quality of this woodland mobile is really great.
You can find more of the best crib toys here on Experienced Mommy.
Baby Mobile Add-On’s and Extras
Crib clamps, like this one, can allow you to change the location of the mobile, as well as move it to other cribs, sleepers, and for travel. Most mobiles can come apart, and you could use a clamp or extender (below) to move or continue using your favorite mobile.
Maybe you even need an baby mobile extender because of the size or height of your crib (or tall baby!). You don’t want the baby to be able to reach the mobile, so after baby can get on their knees, monitor how high the baby can reach. An extender can increase the life of your mobile, but you should remove the mobile once the baby can pull themselves up or around 5 months, whichever is first.
FAQs for Best Baby Mobile
Why use a baby mobile?
Sleep is one of the biggest struggles for new parents, and a baby mobile can really make all the difference for those few precious hours of sleep.
A baby mobile will provide entertainment and calming views, noises, or even lights to your child as they fall asleep (or hopefully back to sleep). Some infants struggle with sleeping alone, and a baby mobile can hold their attention, while its sounds or lights may lull them to sleep and mimic the noises of having their loved ones close.
A crib, sleeper, or playard may come with a mobile, but you can also purchase detachable separate mobiles to conform to your needs or nursery style.
Is it safe to use a baby mobile?
First thing’s first – crib safety is a big deal. Read over these tips for overall crib safety. A mobile can be a dangerous item in a crib if not used properly. Be sure to fully read the manufacturer’s instructions for your mobile.
Generally, it is suggested that you remove the mobile when your baby can pull themselves up or stand up, as it may be pulled down and could be a strangulation danger. Most babies can do this around five months, so watch your little one carefully for development, and remove the mobile at the appropriate time.
How do I choose a baby mobile?
Your mobile choice will likely center on what type of mobile you want (motion-activated, just sounds, or lights), but you will also surely want to incorporate your nursery theme and colors, as well as some other elements into your choice. The majority of mobiles are battery-powered, so keep in mind that you will need a supply of the mobile’s battery size on hand. Consider these things when selecting a mobile.
Price – Sometimes this is a big factor depending on how much you want to spend on its that aren’t necessities.
Color/theme – Again, you want it to match your nursery as much as possible.
Function – Some mobiles have lights, some only move, while some also have sound and can be motion-activated.
Safety – Most mobiles should only be used until the baby can pull themselves up or reaches about 5 months.
Modes – Some mobiles do offer extenders, or they convert to a crib box that can still be utilized past this point. If you will want to use the mobile past 5 months, you may purchase a mobile that can transform into a unit for older babies.
Our Best Baby Mobile Pick
The all-around favorite mobile is the Tiny Love Meadow Days Sunny Stroll Stroller Arch. It comes in many fun color and plush options, plays music, is movable, and comes with a decent price tag.
Of course, you will want to take into consideration what your nursery theme is, how long you’d like to use the mobile, and what music and lights you’d like for your individual child. You can upgrade this mobile to its big brother – the Tiny Love Classic Mobile, which transfers from an infant mobile into a larger baby and toddler crib box, which plays music as well. This upgraded mobile is a bit pricier but will last you much longer than a one-format product.
If you need a budget option, then the Fisher Price Precious Planet 2-in-1 Projection Mobile is the favorite mobile that plays music and also projects lights onto a nearby wall. This mobile will also transition with your child from an infant into a crib box that is safe after the baby can pull themselves up.
Review each of the color and plush options to determine which best suits your nursery needs.
Baby mobiles have been used for years to help little ones sleep and feel like other people are around while mommy and daddy sleep or catch up on chores. Be sure to use your mobile safely, monitoring how high the baby can reach every day. With safe use, your mobile can entertain your sleepy baby, and add some sleep to your life!