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Baby mobiles are one of the oldest tricks of the trade when it comes to captivating the attention of young infants and helping them drift off to sleep. They’re simple, affordable, easy to hang and — best of all — babies love them!

Baby mobiles are often placed above cribs, changing stations, strollers, or car seats, yet they offer so much more than just nursery room decor.

Mobiles serve as a stimulant for your baby as their vision develops from seeing only close-up to far away, and from seeing black and white to —before you know it — full colors and dimensions.

Baby mobiles can help foster your baby’s developing motor skills, including when they start following moving objects with their eyes at around 3 months of age. Soon after, they start reaching for the objects on the baby mobile and may even try to name a few of the things they see!

Some baby mobiles help relax and soothe babies — especially the kind with muted colors and patterns that play soft music or white noise.

While a baby mobile is certainly not a necessity, most parents find that baby mobiles come in handy for both entertainment and sleep purposes. A mobile can serve as a pleasant and relaxing distraction whether your baby is in the crib or on the go.

Most mobiles made for infants are considered safe. However, it’s important to make sure that the object is out of reach for your child in case certain pieces of the mobile could pose as choking hazards.

In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges parents and caregivers to securely attach mobiles to ceilings, side rails, walls or strollers so ensure that they don’t fall on an infant.

Finally, if you’re inheriting a hand-me-down mobile, be sure to check the recall list on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website or the manufacturer’s website for any safety updates.

To create this list of the best baby mobiles, we reached out to new parents to learn styles and brands they found most useful over the course of their baby’s first year.

We also relied heavily on customer reviews and ratings to understand what features parents liked most and what features they felt needed improvement.

Here are the best of the bunch of baby mobiles that will captivate your baby’s attention and maybe even score you more sleep!

Pricing guide

  • $ = under $30
  • $$ = $30–$50
  • $$$ = $50–$100
  • $$$$ = over $100

Best mobile for the bassinet

Lambs & Ivy Jungle Safari Musical Baby Crib Mobile

Price: $$

This mobile easily clips onto the side of your baby’s bassinet or crib and is made from a super durable material that ensures it will last for the long haul.

It includes adorable animal plush toys that your baby will come to know and love, as well as a battery-powered music box that plays three different songs. The volume control and on and off switch are easy to use and the entire mobile can be removed or placed elsewhere without a hitch.

Best mobile for the crib

Pehr Classic Mobile

Price: $$$

It’s best to be choosy when selecting a mobile that will become a staple of your baby’s nursery, mainly because it’s something that you will use for several months — if not years.

Pehr makes absolutely stunning baby mobiles, each handmade by artisans using organic materials. They sell more than a dozen different designs of their classic mobile, so there’s one for nearly every nursery theme.

Best wall-mounted mobile

Forest Land Store Baby Mobile Wood Wall Arm

Price: $$

This is not a complete mobile — it’s merely just the arm, but it allows you to hang a mobile of your choosing without having to anchor it to your ceiling or clip it onto anything.

It’s eco-friendly, made from a combination of natural beech and pine wood, and is super easy to mount. The same company also sells beautiful felt mobiles that you can choose from if you’d prefer to buy the items together, however you can also attach any other mobile that you like.

Best musical mobile

Tiny Love Meadow Days Soothe ’n Groove Mobile

Price: $$

Many mobiles play music, but this one takes things to the next level, offering six different musical options, ranging from nature tunes to classic lullabies, and has a total of 18 different melodies that babies love.

It can play for up to 40 minutes uninterrupted and provides three different playing options for every stage of your baby’s development during that first year of life.

Best unique mobile

Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim Mobile to Go Travel Toy

Price: $

This might not be the most beautiful mobile you’ve ever seen, but it’s designed to totally captivate your baby’s attention — and it does! Made by the innovator of black-and-white development toys (the only colors your baby can see during those first few months), it features unique patterns that adapt to an infant’s changing vision.

It comes with three reversible discs printed on polypropylene card stock that are incredibly lightweight and fold up for easy storage. Parents love the fact that it comes with a volume control and a fast-forward button that lets you skip songs.

Best Etsy mobile

Tik Tak Design Natural & Neutral Felt Baby Mobile

Price: $$$

This gorgeous felt mobile is handmade in Nepal from 100 percent New Zealand wood (each ball is individually rolled!). It features knots in between the felt balls so that they’re not easily removed with gentle tugs.

The mobile can be personalized to fit your baby’s nursery — you can choose from 70 color options as well as different ball shapes and styles, including hearts, raindrops and stars. Reviewers rave about how easy the owner is to work with and how special their custom order came out.

Best mobile for the car seat or stroller

Tiny Love Meadow Days Take-Along Mobile

Price: $

Whether you’re in the car or out walking in the stroller, this is the perfect mobile for on-the-go entertainment. It’s super lightweight and comes with an attachment that can clip onto just about anything.

This mobile features three colorful toys that spin around and around, and plays 30 minutes of uninterrupted music with five different melodies to choose from. What parents love most about this mobile is its ease of use and small size that makes it so easy to pack in a bag for trips or errands.

Best hi-tech mobile

Caterbee Baby Mobile for Crib

Price: $$

This 3-in-1 mobile features a remote control that lets you make changes from a few feet away. On the remote control, you can adjust the volume, switch songs and change up the rotation.

It comes in six captivating designs in varying colors to match your nursery. This bassinet is also super versatile — it can be used as your baby’s go-to mobile, perched on their crib or bassinet, or taken with you on the go.

Best wooden mobile

AONTUS Nordic Nursery Wooden Peal Mobile

Price: $

This beautiful handcrafted mobile made in a Nordic design with Dutch wood beads is the perfect addition to any nursery. It comes in more than 20 different shapes and designs, each with stylish beads that help boost cognition.

A quick note about safety: The company recommends double-checking your purchase to make sure there aren’t any loose beads that could fall off and become a choking hazard.

Best mobile with lights

Fisher-Price Butterfly Dreams 3-in-1 Projection Mobile

Price: $$

This mobile, which is meant to be mounted to a crib, features removable (and adorable) plush stuffed animals that your little one will love to stare at as well as three musical settings to choose from — lullaby, white noise or nature sounds.

It includes a remote control so that you can switch up the settings from afar and convert to a tabletop soother for older babies and tots.

Whatever type of mobile you choose, make sure that you take the proper safety precautions when securing it in your baby’s nursery.

Not only will your mobile give your baby’s developing mind plenty to explore, but it is a great way to add a personal design touch to the room in which you’ll spend so much time.