The best nursery items are the ones that combine function with style—take baby mobiles, for example. Sure, they serve a purpose (more on that in a bit), but they're also just plain fun to shop for and decorate with. That's because there are tons of modern, whimsical and downright gorgeous options on the market. If you're searching for a crib mobile, you've come to the right place. Here, 12 unique baby mobiles that'll grab your (and your little one's) attention.
Why Buy a Crib Mobile?
Nursery mobiles actually have multiple uses. You may find that a crib mobile soothes baby, thanks to its gentle movement. A musical mobile that plays soft sounds can even lull baby to sleep. On the flipside, baby mobiles are also stimulating. Because they're designed to be eye-catching, babies watch and eventually grab at them, which is thought to develop vision and motor skills.
To get the most out of your crib mobile, keep baby's sight in mind. Newborns can only focus on things within a foot of their faces. So something that’s hung too high up might not catch their interest. That being said, baby mobiles should never hang within reach. In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, crib mobiles should be removed as soon as babies start to push up on their hands or knees, or when they turn 5 months old—whichever comes first.
Best Crib Mobiles
Ready to find the best baby crib mobile for your nursery? We’ve gathered up some of our favorite designs below. Whatever crib mobile you choose, follow installation instructions carefully to avoid choking and other hazards, and check the mobile for loose pieces and defects—safety is essential.
Butterfly Crib Mobile
This sweet butterfly mobile comes with a music box that plays "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." Hang it from the ceiling or buy a mobile arm that attaches to your crib.
Buy it: Pottery Barn Kids Butterfly Mobile, $35, PotteryBarnKids.com
Elephant Crib Mobile
The elephants on this handmade hanging mobile are simply adorable. We also love the chic wooden base.
Buy it: I Love Bub Baby Crib Mobile in Elephant, $23, Amazon.com
Developmental Crib Mobile
Newborns respond best to high-contrast products, which is where this smart design comes in. The set (featuring interchangeable graphic cards) lets you start with a black and white baby mobile. Then, as baby grows, you can progress to red, blue and yellow—the colors older babies see most easily.
Buy it: Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile for Cribs, $25, Amazon.com
Crib Mobile With Lights
Want a little extra something? This woodland baby mobile has endearing fabric animals, spinning (and high-contrast!) spirals plus a calming night light.
Buy it: Tiny Love Classic Mobile in Into the Forest, $36, Amazon.com
Star Crib Mobile
A star baby mobile is a classic choice. If you're willing to splurge a little, we're obsessed with this dreamy metallic one.
Buy it: Baby Jives Co. Luxe Star and Cloud Mobile, $105, CrateandBarrel.com
Floral Crib Mobile
Stop and smell the roses—or in this case, watch them twirl. The enchanting floral crib mobile is perfect for your blossoming baby.
Buy it: Pottery Barn Kids Felted Roses Mobile, $49, PotteryBarnKids.com
Llama Crib Mobile
Millennial moms love llamas. This hand-stitched baby crib mobile may be pricey, but it's honestly cute enough to serve as regular décor for your child’s big-kid room. (Check out those fun pom-poms!)
Buy it: Fiona Walker Llama Mobile, $110, Nordstrom.com
Airplane Crib Mobile
Consider this cool airplane baby mobile for a travel-themed nursery. Bonus: The eco-friendly pieces are adjustable.
Buy it: Sorrel & Fern Crib Mobile Airplanes & Cloud Nursery Decoration, $25, Amazon.com
Disney Crib Mobile
This Winnie-the-Pooh crib mobile won't just comfort baby—it'll also please Disney-loving parents. The musical mobile spins to "Brahms' Lullaby."
Buy it: Disney Mobile in Winnie the Pooh, $33, Amazon.com
Sea Life Crib Mobile
Put the finishing touch on a nautical nursery with this oceanic baby mobile. The sea creatures are all beautifully hand-painted.
Buy it: Gingiber Under the Sea Mobile, $65, CrateandBarrel.com
Superhero Crib Mobile
Baby is your little hero—now give them little heroes of their own. This musical mobile for a crib softly rotates, letting the plush figures "fly."
Buy it: Trend Lab Collection Superhero Musical Crib Mobile, $50, Pier1.com
Dinosaur Crib Mobile
Control the volume on this musical mobile, which plays three popular lullabies. Oh, and the dinosaurs are seriously darling.
Buy it: Bedtime Originals Roar Dinosaur Musical Mobile in Blue/Gray, $40, Amazon.com
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Published December 2018