Baby mobiles are absolutely adorable. But aside from matching them to your nursery decor, they’re also highly stimulating and enjoyable for young babies. Zero to three months is the optimal time for baby mobiles, though some babies will continue to be fascinated by theirs after this period. You can definitely choose to hang your baby mobile over the crib, but if your baby won’t be sleeping in the crib right away, then maybe hanging it over the changing table, where she is sure to see it during diaper changes, is a better option. You’ll want to hang it around 20 centimeters from baby’s face so that it is close enough for her to see it—babies at this age do not have a long range of vision. Babies tend to look to the right, so make sure that the mobile is in their line of vision when their head is tilted in that direction.
When it comes to searching for baby mobiles, it’s best to purchase something with a lot of contrast—black and white is optimal, but anything with very light and very dark colors will work. Some mobiles offer additional stimulating features, such as music & sounds or lights. It’s up to you whether you think your baby will enjoy features like this.
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I’ve compiled a list of the very best baby mobiles around that will provide many hours of visual and aural stimulation for your little one. Keep reading to find the one that works best for you!
1. VTech Baby Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile
The VTech Baby Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile is a mobile designed for hanging over the crib or changing table that features four bright ocean animal characters, including a large dolphin. This mobile has lots of bonus features, including a projection of calming ocean-themed graphics on the ceiling, as well as lights on the mobile itself. It plays 45-plus soothing songs, and the soft music is long-lasting to help lull baby to sleep when she is done being entertained. The VTech baby mobile also features a gentle spinning motion to soothe and calm baby. This mobile is intended for babies ages zero through two years of age.
This product requires four AA batteries—there are some included for demo purposes, but you will need to replace with your own. Some consumers don’t like that you can’t play the melodies without the lights coming on. The motor tends to make a loud noise while it’s spinning.
- Projects calming ocean-themed graphics on the ceiling
- Plays 45-plus songs of long-lasting soft music
- Includes bright ocean animal characters and has a gentle spinning motion that soothes and calms
- Requires batteries
- No option for music without lights
- Makes a loud noise while spinning
2. Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile for Cribs
The Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile for Cribs is a simply designed mobile that was created to give baby the ultimate in early visual stimulation. The mobile has a set of 10 interchangeable cards featuring high-contrast designs that she will love to gaze at, helping her develop her vision from an early age. You can trade out the cards for other things as baby gets older, such as photos of favorite people or pets. This mobile also includes an adjustable cord so that you can change the distance of the cards from baby’s face as her vision gets stronger. At under $20, this mobile is also highly affordable.
Unlike a lot of mobiles on this list, the Manhattan Toy mobile doesn’t include any bonus features such as music or lights, and it also doesn’t have a motor to make it rotate. Some consumers have found it to be not as cute as compared with other mobiles.
Price: $19.60 (35 percent off MSRP)
- Simple and high contrast for optimal early visual stimulation
- Adjustable cord allows you to change distance of cards from baby easily
- No “extras” such as projections or music
- Some consumers find it not as cute as other mobiles
- Does not rotate
3. Tiny Love Take Along Mobile (Tiny Princess)
The Take Along Mobile from Tiny Love is an easily portable mobile that can attach to most playpens, infant carriers and strollers. It’s a great option for travel, day care and smaller spaces. It’s also a good idea if you have a ceiling that is too tall for a ceiling-hung mobile. This mobile has a pretty “Tiny Princess” design featuring bright pinks and reds and cute characters that babies will love. It plays soothing music (with auto-shutoff after 30 minutes) and rotates with the help of a motor.
Because it’s pink, some parents may not like this option for their boy babies. There is no option to attach this mobile directly to your ceiling. This product requires batteries to operate.
Price: $19.32 (23 percent off MSRP)
- Plays soothing music and rotates
- Easily portable, it can attach to most playpens, infant carriers and strollers
- Adorable pink colors and characters
- Some parents of boys may not like the colors
- Doesn’t attach to ceiling like a traditional baby mobile
- Requires batteries
4. Tiny Love Classic Developmental Mobile
The Tiny Love Classic Developmental Mobile has lots of great features. It mounts to the side of most cribs, playpens, etc. and includes a music player that plays soothing music for baby for 20 minute intervals. This mobile also converts to a crib-side nightlight for baby. This Tiny Love mobile is designed to revolve so there is always a character facing baby. In addition to the cute characters, its design includes black and white spirals for that high-contrast visual stimulation that babies love and that helps with their early development of vision.
This mobile does not attach to the ceiling. It’s more expensive as compared to other mobiles. This product requires four C batteries to operate.
- Mobile is designed to revolve so there is always a character facing baby
- Design includes black and white spirals for visual stimulation
- Plays 20 minutes of continuous music
- Does not attach to ceiling
- More expensive as compared with other mobiles
- Requires four C batteries
5. Goki Mobile Dragon Baby Toy
The Goki Mobile is a classic and simple mobile with a more traditional design—no lights or projections or music. Heck, no batteries required at all! It’s made from thin wood pieces that are fitted together, forming gorgeous, colorful dragons. This mobile is more affordable than others due to its simplicity. It does not have high-contrast black and white, so it may be more appropriate for babies once they are around two months of age, when they may begin to respond more to bright colors like these.
Some consumers have found some issues with the dragon wings, which come unattached and the buyer has to set them up. First, some people have found some of the pieces to be broken, and second, some consumers have had issues with them not fitting correctly onto the dragons. Contact the manufacturer if you run into these problems.
- Adorable & colorful wooden dragon design
- Classic and simple “traditional” baby mobile design
- No bonus features such as music, lights or projections
- No black and white high-contrast imagery
- Some consumers report issues with wing assembly
6. YKS Baby Boy & Girl Musical Mobile
The YKS Baby Boy & Girl Musical Mobile is a cute crib-mounted mobile featuring soft, plush characters, such as a blue airplane, baby chick and car. The whole thing is covered with a rainbow colored tent top, which makes the mobile look as though it is a merry-go-round. This mobile plays soothing music to help lull baby to sleep, as well as a “bed bell” which quickly draws baby’s attention, soothing her if she is fussy.
This baby mobile does not mount to the ceiling. It does not have high-contrast black and white images to stimulate very young babies visually. This product does require two AA batteries, which are not included.
Price: $27.85 (23 percent off MSRP)
- Includes soothing music to help lull baby to sleep
- Includes adorable plush characters for baby to gaze at
- Includes “bed bell” which quickly draws baby’s attention, soothing her
- Does not mount to ceiling
- Requires two AA batteries (not included)
- No high-contrast black and white images
7. Fisher-Price Precious Planet 2-in-1 Projection Mobile
The Fisher-Price Precious Planet 2-in-1 Projection Mobile is a plastic crib-mounted mobile featuring lots of bonuses. This baby mobile plays music as well as soothing nature, heartbeat and womb sounds for up to 20 minutes to soothe baby right to sleep. This is also a projection mobile, and it features close-up images on the canopy to make it easier for newborns to focus. Once baby has grown enough to be bored with the mobile itself, it converts to a crib-side music box with ceiling projection to keep her entertained for longer.
This baby mobile is more expensive as compared to some other models. It does not have any black and white high-contrast images and does not mount to the ceiling like a traditional mobile. This product requires three AAA batteries.
Price: from $50.54
- Music & soothing nature, heartbeat and womb sounds play for up to 20 minutes without disturbing baby
- Close-up images on canopy projection make it easier for newborns to focus
- Converts to crib-side music box with ceiling projection when baby is too old for mobile
- More expensive
- No black and white high-contrast images
- Requires three AAA batteries
8. Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies Projection Mobile (Cloud)
The Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies Projection Mobile features a lovely and soothing sky scene with adorable plush cloud, star and sun characters that will delight baby. This mobile projects stars on the ceiling, and the clouds glow and rotate, creating even more stimulating features for baby to focus on. The Skip Hop mobile also plays music: four melodies (“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” “Brahms’ Lullaby,” “Rock-a-bye Baby”) and four nature sounds (rain forest, jungle crickets, waves, white noise with heartbeat). The music plays for up to 20 minutes. The mobile can be started or stopped by one press of the remote.
This model is on the pricier side. It does not mount to ceilings or have any high-contrast black and white images. This product requires three C and two AAA batteries to operate.
- Adorable plush cloud, star, sun characters
- Projects stars on the ceiling, has glowing clouds that rotate
- Plays four melodies and nature sounds for up to 20 minutes
- More expensive
- Requires three C and two AAA batteries
- Does not mount to ceiling
9. Just Born Adventure Musical Mobile
The Just Born Adventure Musical Mobile features plush woodland-themed characters that dance around as the music plays. The mobile plays “Brahms’ Lullaby” as it gently lulls baby to sleep. This cute mobile coordinates with crib bedding sets and other accessories in the Just Born Adventure nursery bedding collection. This mobile is perfect for anyone planning a forest or woodland themed nursery.
At $50, it’s a little more expensive as compared to some other baby mobiles. This mobile does not feature any lights or projections. Some consumers have complained that the music doesn’t play for very long.
- Features plush woodland-themed characters that dance around as the music plays
- Plays soothing lullaby to help lull baby to sleep
- Coordinates with crib bedding sets and other accessories in Just Born’s Adventure nursery bedding collection
- More expensive
- No lights or projections
- Music doesn’t play for very long
10. Shiloh Deluxe Baby Plush Crib Mobile
The Shiloh Deluxe Baby Plush Crib Mobile is another baby mobile featuring gorgeous plush characters, including a large blue airplane, cloud and bunnies—all of these characters detach and can be used for months after baby grows tired of the mobile as separate toys. This mobile from Shiloh also features an integrated music box playing 60 different songs that should help to soothe baby and even lull her to sleep. The height of this crib-mounted mobile can be adjusted to three different distances as baby’s vision gets stronger.
This mobile is a little more expensive as compared to other models. It features no high-contrast black and white images. This product requires two AA batteries to operate.
- Integrated music box plays 60 different songs
- Gorgeous plush characters, including large blue airplane that detach and can be used as separate toys
- Height of mobile can be adjusted to three different distances
- More expensive
- No high-contrast black and white
- Requires two AA batteries