When you’re decorating your new baby’s nursery, it won’t look quite complete without a cot mobile.
A beautiful mobile not only finishes the room off, but also helps if your baby needs help drifting off to sleep. There’s a wide range of cot mobiles available, from all-singing all-dancing (literally) versions with music and lights, to simple felt characters.
As parents, we know how difficult bedtime can be, and how important it is for you and your baby to get a good night’s sleep whenever possible. And although a cot mobile can’t guarantee eight hours of delicious shut-eye, they can help soothe your baby with gentle movements and sounds into a happy slumber.
Before you choose a cot mobile for your new baby, there are a few factors to consider:
- Do you want a musical mobile?
- Do you want an integrated night light?
- What’s your nursery colour scheme?
- What’s your budget?
If you choose a musical cot mobile, test it out before you buy – remember that you’ll be listening to these lullabies for several months. Some mobiles have the option of white noise, too, which can be extremely soothing for babies – you can buy white noise sleep soothing toys (such as Ewan The Dream Sheep), but get a mobile that does it and you won’t need to buy anything extra.
Some also feature playful tunes, which can be great for playtime but choose the wrong song at bedtime and you could get your baby excited rather than sleepy.
Smaller, compact cot mobiles are great if you travel a lot, visit friends and family, or want baby to nap in the pushchair – taking the mobile with you will create a familiar atmosphere that will be likely to help your baby to sleep soundly in strange surroundings. Check how the arm of the mobile attaches to different products, and whether it folds neatly for travelling.
You might want a mobile that’s just for decoration, rather than music and lights – so we’ve chosen a few cot mobiles that are simply designed without any fancy technology. The benefit of these, as well as looking beautiful, is that there’s nothing mechanical to go wrong, and no batteries to buy.
With lovely soft teddy bear characters and up to 30 minutes of lullaby music, white noise or soothing nature sounds, this cute mobile also projects a light show on the walls and ceiling. Once your baby outgrows a cot mobile, it can be used as a table-top projector. You can also clip it to your baby’s pushchair, too, and there’s a remote control function so you can turn it on or off without disturbing your baby.
It has more than 4,500 ratings on Amazon with an average of 4.4 stars out of 5.
One customer on Amazon wrote: “Pros: It was really easy to assemble and attach to the cot and is easy to move around. You can also attach different dangling things to it if you don’t like the teddies, or wanted to switch it up for variation for babe. The lights are lovely and slowly fade in and out and move and is bright enough that you can use this for night feeding. The whole thing also disassembles so you can use just the lights as a portable nightlight when the child is a bit older, and our baby really loves it, the sounds are also good although not a huge amount of variation.
“Cons: the motor which rotated the dangling teddies is a bit loud, also make sure you have batteries on hand - you need AA ‘s & AAA’s for the motor and the remote.”
With cute, brightly coloured characters to entertain your baby, and five melodies to soothe them, this mobile is great over your baby’s cot or attached to the pushchair for naps out and about. It requires three AA batteries. The songs last for about 30 minutes so plenty of time for your little one to be soothed to sleep. The universal clip makes it easy to attach and set up, wherever you might be using it.
Featuring the same characters as the smaller cot mobile featured above, this one is a larger, longer-lasting cot mobile. The melodies last for 40 minutes, and there are 18 different tunes to soothe your baby. When your baby outgrows a cot mobile, you can turn it into a standalone music box for your toddler. Requires three C batteries. We like the variety of music – from calming classical tunes, to white noise, and playful songs that can entertain your baby during playtime too.
A good compact cot mobile, which is easily moved between your baby’s cot and their pushchair – it’s small and light, so great if you’re off on holiday and want to attach it to their travel cot. Use the remote control to change the music without disturbing your baby. It features 40 melodies, plus nature sounds and white noise, and there’s an integrated nightlight too, plus a timer for 10, 20 or 30 minutes.
We love the design of Skip Hop characters and this cot mobile will keep your baby entertained while awake and soothe them off to sleep with 20 minutes of music. The arm looks clunky but is designed to easily fold away – great if you’re off on holiday and want to pack the mobile into a holdall. It attaches easily to your baby’s cot, travel cot, or pushchair – plus you can use the Velcro straps to attach it to their car seat, too. Requires three AA batteries.
We’re a sucker for Winnie The Pooh, and frankly why not, as the loveable bear gets more charming the older we get. Your little one will love the familiar characters that you can bring to life with a story from the Hundred Acre Wood at bedtime. The music box plays the soothing Brahms lullaby while the characters rotate. It doesn’t have the amount of melodies as other cot mobiles, but it certainly has the charm.
A simple, colourful cot mobile depicting Noah and his ark full of animals, plus a beautiful rainbow overhead. It’s wooden with a string for hanging, although advice on the product says not to hang this directly over your baby’s cot. It's also very affordable.
A stylish cot mobile for simple decoration of your baby’s nursery, the grey tones will go with any colour scheme or to complement a grey-toned bedroom. Felt stars and clouds dangle from a wooden ring. This doesn’t have any music or melodies, so just one to entertain your baby’s visual senses.
The perfect addition to your baby’s nursery whether you’re decorating with a stylish grey theme or perhaps an animal theme, this mobile features four cotton safari animals to gently sway and help soothe your baby as they drift off to sleep. This is a decorative cot mobile only, with no lights or musical features.
This was shortlisted in the 2015 M&B Awards Best Baby Toy Under 12 Months category. It cleverly combines a normal cot mobile with an MP3 player, which is pre-loaded with classical music and nature sounds, but you can download your own music on to it too. You have to use a memory stick, rather than a USB – it’s a shame the technology isn’t better given the price. And given all the other ways you can play music in your baby’s room, it might not be worth the expense.