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The lowdown on cot mobiles

A cot mobile can have benefits for baby sleep, find out what you need to know

Cot mobiles: What you need to know

From what to look for and the latest on the market in cot mobiles

cot mobiles

More than just decoration, a cot mobile can be a good way to stimulate your baby’s developing eyesight, and many models also include lullabies or calming music to help settle your baby to sleep.

What to look for

A cot mobile can cost from £15 for a basic model, to over £50 for an all-singing all dancing type with lights and sounds.

Even though nursery decor tends towards the paler end of the colour spectrum, newborns and young babies can see brighter, more highly contrasting colours like black and white, better in the early weeks. You might want to think about a mobile that moves in some way and has music to attract your baby’s attention.

Very basic models without motors only move if you touch them, or if there’s a breeze, but if you want to have a bit more movement or to play music, you’ll need to buy one with a motor.

There are two types of musical mobiles to choose from, a wind-up version that will play until it winds down, or a battery operated option that you can control at the touch of a button.

You may also want to buy a mobile that fits in with the design of your nursery. Coordinating nursery schemes often have a matching cot mobile as part of the range. Top-of-the-range models might have a lightshow as well as sounds, and you can also buy mobiles with detachable toys for added fun.

Need to know

Attaching your cot mobile correctly is important, as you don’t want to risk it falling down. Follow the fitting instructions carefully. Remember that once your baby is on the move, and has started to sit up, you should remove the mobile for safety reasons.

Checklist

  • You can buy cot mobiles with or without a motor
  • They will entertain your baby and help him to settle at bed time
  • Battery-operated mobiles are easier to control

Latest products on the market:

lair du Lune ahot cot mobile

Clair du Lune Ahoy! mobile RRP £27.99

  • A rotating musical mobile with hanging fabric characters
  • Has soothing and calming music to help your baby relax and drift off
  • Part of a wider range of coordinating nursery items
  • Can be sponge cleaned

We love the cute aquatic theme that can be teamed with matching cot bedding or Moses basket.

Mothercare Peter Rabbit mobile

Mothercare Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit mobile RRP £32.99

  • The wind-up music box plays a gentle lullaby
  • It attaches easily to the side of a cot and is soothing and calming at bedtime
  • It has Peter Rabbit and Flopsy Bunny toys plus two soft cubes that hang from a circular frame
  • This mobile is part of Mothercare’s Peter Rabbit collection, which includes clothes and bedding

We love that this features the classic Beatrix Potter character Peter Rabbit – ideal for a more traditional nursery.

Fisher Price mobile

Fisher Price Rainforest Peek-a-boo Leaves RRP £51.99

  • Has three soothing settings: music, motion, and lights; music and motion; and music with nightlight
  • The leaves wave gently up and down while a smiling dragonfly plays peek-a-boo to music
  • Features three detachable rainforest characters which spin as the mobile rotates around
  • You can choose between classical music or rainforest sounds.

We love the amount of entertaining, ideal for stimulating at playtime as well as soothing for bedtime.

Tiny Love mobile

Tiny Love Magical Night mobile RRP £59.99

  • Comes in a nature inspired design with cute animals that rotate to soothe babies to sleep
  • Firstly use it as a musical mobile-projector to project character images on a canopy for younger babies
  • At 5 months, you can convert to a music box that will project friendly characters onto the ceiling
  • For toddlers the soothing glow from the bedside lamp mode, complete with a starry night projection on the ceiling will help them sleep

We love that this versatile mobile plays 30 minutes of music in 3 different musical styles.

The lowdown on cot mobiles