Best crib mobile

crib mobile in dark room
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If there’s one thing all new parents wish for, it’s undoubtedly a good night’s sleep. And while nothing can guarantee that, a crib mobile can help create a soothing environment for your baby when it’s bedtime. Crib mobiles come in many designs, but they all have one thing in common: they’ll engage your baby and, in an ideal world, help them drift off to sleep.

To find the perfect crib mobile for your baby, factor in that you’re likely to be listening to it at least once a day for a year or more, so choose one with enough musical features to ensure that you won’t tire of it. Think about whether it’s likely to soothe or stimulate your baby—white noise features are ideal for lulling little ones to sleep, but brightly colored mobiles with lively tunes may actually have the opposite effect. We've assembled our favorite mobiles to help you decide. 

Staff pick

Fisher Price Rainforest Friends 3-in-1 musical mobile

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Fisher Price Rainforest Friends 3-in-1 musical mobile (opens in new tab)

Includes a detachable toy

Fisher-Price’s 3-in-1 mobile attaches to most cribs and strollers and plays soothing lullabies for 20 minutes at a time.

Pros:

  • Up to 20 minutes of music
  • Quiet, motorized action
  • Attaches to stroller
  • Fits most cribs
  • A detachable toy with carrying handle

Cons:

  • Not designed for use in playpens

This 3-in-1 crib mobile from Fisher-Price offers excellent value for money. Attach the overhead mobile to your baby’s crib to play up to 20 minutes of soothing lullabies, or detach the take-along musical birdie—which plays a series of short melodic tunes—to engage your baby around the house or when you’re on the go. The four cute animal characters entertain your child while they drift off to sleep, and the detachable birdy toy will become a firm favorite with toddlers who love to carry things around.

Best for home and travel

Tiny Love Meadow Days Take Along Mobile

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Tiny Love Meadow Days Take Along Mobile (opens in new tab)

Soothe your child at home or on the go

Tiny Love Meadow Days is a go-anywhere mobile that plays 30-minutes of music and comes with three spinning characters.

Pros:

  • Attaches to nearly anything with Velcro straps
  • Fits on cribs, bassinets, strollers, and car seats
  • 30-minutes of uninterrupted music
  • Five melodies
  • Colorful spinning toys

Cons:

  • Motor is a little loud

Powered by three AA batteries, the Tiny Love Meadow Days is a go-anywhere mobile that fits playpens, cribs, car seats, carriers, strollers, and more. With three colorful, dangling characters and 30-minutes of continuous music, the Tiny Love mobile will entertain your child and help them drift off to sleep faster. Velcro straps on the Meadow Days mobile secure to almost any object, so this is an excellent choice for home and travel use.

Best night light

KiddoLab crib mobile

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KiddoLab crib mobile (opens in new tab)

It's a miniature sound and light show

KiddoLab’s mobile plays soothing music, has a timer, and projects the moon and stars onto the ceiling after the room lights go out.

Pros:

  • Easy to install
  • Several soundscapes to choose from
  • Timer
  • Projects lights overhead
  • Rotates quietly

Cons:

  • A little more expensive

The KiddoLab mobile is a star projector night light and musical mobile in one. Four cute animals twist slowly in a circle while lullabies or nature sounds play to help your little one catch some Zs. The KiddoLab mobile also projects lights overhead. Once the nursery is dark, a night light display of the moon and stars shines above. This mobile comes with a timer and several soundscapes and runs on two AA batteries.

Best science-based

white crib mobile

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Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim mobile (opens in new tab)

Stimulate your baby's senses

The Manhattan Toy Infant Stim mobile comes with stationary graphic cards that stimulate your baby without overexciting them at bedtime.

Pros:

  • Quiet
  • Adaptable to baby’s growth
  • Stimulates children
  • Graphic cards labeled by age
  • Fits most cribs

Cons:

  • Not motorized
  • No music option

Based on research that shows newborns are more attracted to high-contrast patterns than to color or brightness, this crib mobile from Manhattan Toy features black and white designs to help stimulate your baby’s visual development. It’s suitable for use from birth until your baby is around five months old. The mobile includes 20 image cards that attach to the hanger and can be used in rotation so your baby won’t get bored. The images, patterns, and colors were chosen to match your baby’s eyesight development. This model is not motorized, and there are no musical features, but this is ideal if you’re looking for something quiet to stimulate your baby and engage their interest while in the crib.

Best volume control

stuffed animal crib mobile with volume control

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Lambs & Ivy Jungle Safari musical baby crib mobile (opens in new tab)

A plush animal mobile that is customizable

The soft, plush animals on Lambs & Ivy’s mobile spin quietly, shut off automatically, and allow you to control the volume.

Pros:

  • 20-minute timer
  • Plays three classic songs
  • Volume control
  • Rotates quietly
  • Mount fits standard-sized crib rails

Cons:

  • Expensive

There’s no getting around the fact that some crib mobiles are loud. While they may help your baby get to sleep, they can keep everyone else in the household awake. The Lambs & Ivy Jungle Safari mobile has volume control, so you can adjust the level to suit the whole family. This mobile has three plush animals that spin quietly on a 20-minute timer while playing three classic children’s songs.

Final thoughts

The Fisher Price Rainforest Friends 3-in-1 musical mobile (opens in new tab) takes our top spot. It clips to most cribs and strollers and plays calming melodies for 20 minutes at a time. It even comes with a detachable toy for older children to carry.

When you want a mobile model for home, car, stroller, and vacation use, the Tiny Love Meadow Days Take Along mobile (opens in new tab). With Velcro attachments, it hooks onto cribs, playpens, car seats, and strollers and plays a continuous 30-minute stream of music.

If a night light comforts your little one, the KiddoLab crib mobile (opens in new tab) is for you. When the nursery lights go out, this colorful mobile projects a star show that shines over your baby’s crib while animals gently turn in a circle. The KiddLab mobile has a built-in timer and several soundscapes and can also play nature sounds.

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Originally from London, Heidi Scrimgeour is a freelance writer who lives near the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland with her husband and their daughter and two sons.