10 best baby mobiles

We found practical and decorative diverters to keep little ones stimulated and happy in the nursery

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Most babies, as any harassed parent will tell you, scream blue murder at the prospect of being put in their cot at least some of the time. It is amazing how much a judiciously-chosen cot mobile, dangling above them, can achieve in terms of calming the mood and preserving your sanity. We looked for quality, attractive pieces that caught – and held – baby’s attention.

1. Timbuktales Musical Cot Mobile: £32, mamasandpapas.co.uk


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Four extremely cute, fabric animal characters dangle from this attractive mobile as it rotates to a pleasingly sedate rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It’s part of a coordinating range of interiors, if you feel like decking out the whole nursery.

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2. Butterfly Baby Mobile Rainbow: £30, notonthehighstreet.com


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This lightweight, felt mobile has no musical accompaniment but would be a great, post-able gift, and it is a sweet, handmade option for those who want to steer clear of the bells-and-whistles plastic options. We think it would look nice in an older child’s room too, so is likely to have a longer lifespan than some – as long as it is treated gently as it’s delicate.

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3. Lamaze Jungle Dreams Mobile: £25.84, amazon.co.uk


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Lamaze toys are reliably high quality and this windup musical mobile, with its handy, detachable plush characters and distinctively bright colour scheme, is no exception.

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4. Fisher-Price Rainforest Peek-a-Boo Leaves: £47.99, amazon.co.uk


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Perfect for any wildlife-themed nurseries, this mobile has plenty to capture little ones’ attention, including detachable characters, bobbing leaves and a nightlight. It can also play jungle sounds – surprisingly effective in calming at least some babies – as well as more traditional melodies.

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5. Musical Star Cot Mobile: £16, vertbaudet.co.uk


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Here’s an old-fashioned antidote to the high tech options. This, from French brand Vertbaudet, is essentially a small, star-shaped cushion made from organic cotton, which plays music box-style melodies when you pull a cord. You attach it to the cot with the ties and it comes in a cute matching bag and is pretty much indestructible in its simplicity.

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6. Needle Felt Space Mobile: £210, notonthehighstreet.com


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If you want something a bit different (and are prepared to pay for it), this hand-crafted option is made to order and comes in a bag that can be customised with the recipient’s name and date of birth. Other themes from Essex-based Fox’s Felts include safari and dinosaurs, but this fun space design is a refreshing change from all the wildlife-based options on the market.

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7. Orange Tree Noah’s Ark: £16.95, johnlewis.com


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This good-value, colourful mobile features four, hand-painted 3D animals dangling below the obligatory ark. It would be a sunny addition to the nursery as well as lending itself well to story inspiration.

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8. vTech Sing and Soothe: £27.99, argos.co.uk


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Those who already have young children will be all too familiar with the giggling female voice that emerges from, it seems, most vTech toys. Kids seem to like her, however, and there are multiple melodies and ‘nature noises’ to choose from that don’t involve her singing along.

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9. Bigjigs Ladybird Clip-On Mobile: £15.99, ebay.co.uk


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This high-quality, wooden mini-mobile can be clipped onto cots, but also to prams and car seats, making it a useful travelling companion. It has a tinkling bell rather than playing music, and is part of a range of coordinating Heimess baby gear.

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10. And So To Bed Musical Mobile: £19.99, kiddicare.com


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This wind-up musical mobile from bargain baby website Kiddicare has plenty going for it, not least that its neutral colour will work in virtually any nursery, and it is easy on the wallet. It’s also part of a large range of coordinating items.

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For jolly colours without garishness, and because it has enough going on to divert baby without being unnecessarily complicated, the Lamaze is hard to beat.


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