Decorating your baby’s nursery is one of the many fun things you get to do as a parent-to-be, and once you’ve settled on the big-picture decor theme, one of the cutest things to choose is a baby mobile for the crib. These delightful accessories dangle adorable shapes and animals above your little one’s head to aid his visual development — and just keep him engaged as he lays waiting to drift off to sleep or for you to come pick him up.
Some mobiles rotate and spin thanks to battery power, while other old-school versions just hang and move with the air. Some attach directly to the crib, while others hang from the ceiling. Many offer musical tunes or soothing nature noises to help your baby calm down. Some even have nightlights.
When shopping for a baby mobile for the crib, consider your nursery’s overall decor theme: Do you want neutral or bright colors? Cute animals or specific characters? Graphic patterns or plush textures? Whatever your preferences, there is a perfect mobile out there for you and your baby.
We’ve rounded up some of the most popular crib mobile options, from minimalist Scandi designs to bright graphic patterns. Check out the options below and find the perfect baby mobile to finish off your nursery design.
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1. Sorrel + Fern Scandinavian Elephant Crib Mobile
Soft, neutral colors come together to make this adorable minimalist elephant mobile. Simply made with 100% eco-friendly felt and unfinished wood, its modern Scandanavian design gently allows your little one to focus on natural materials while falling asleep. The pieces are adjustable; simply move up or down for desired placement to soothe your little one to sleep.
2. Tiny Love Meadow Days Soothe ‘n Groove Baby Mobile
Stimulate your child’s love of music with the Tiny Love Meadow Days Soothe ‘n Groove Mobile. This mobile’s versatile design grows with your baby, beginning as a crib mobile and then transitioning to a stand-alone music box that a toddler can carry on their own. The baby mobile plays 18 different tunes in six different musical categories, for 40 minutes of continuous play, and features two high-quality speakers with adjustable volume. You can entertain and engage your child with the mobile’s motion, activating and changing the music via the colorful buttons, or help comfort your baby during quiet times or nap time with the soft, glowing night light.
3. Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile for Cribs
This Wimmer-Ferguson mobile introduces baby to high contrast images and colors for early visual and multi-sensory development. Ten graphic cards, labeled by age to guide you, are interchangeable as baby’s vision develops. Start with the simple, high-contrast images and then move to the more complex colored patterns and graphics. An adjustable cord on the mobile also allows you to easily change the distance of the graphics from baby as her vision develops.
4. GrowthPic Musical Baby Crib Mobile and Music Box
The GrowthPic musical crib mobile can grow with your little one: from an infant mobile attached to the crib, to a stand-alone music box with five rattle toys. The music center offers 20 tunes for up to 20 minutes of continuous sound — including cradle songs and sounds of nature designed for quiet time or naps. During playtime, babies can enjoy the bright colors and adorable shapes of the hanging toys while listening to more energetic, joyful music.
5. Woodland Trail Forest Animal Theme Digital Musical Crib Mobile
The Woodland Trail Musical Mobile from The Peanutshell gathers all of animals of the Great Plains in plush form above baby’s crib. Your little one will be delighted by the bison, bear, fox and deer and whimsical arrow shapes, which are suspended from a ribbon on a cross-bar construction mobile. A music box plays 12 different tunes that can be changed at the touch of a button.