Whether it’s to help your baby drift off to sleep, keep them happy in their cot or aid in their developmental growth – there’s loads of cot mobiles and toys out there.
But, according to The Lullaby Trust, a clear cot is a safe cot, so check the following before any toy or mobile is put near or in your baby’s sleep place:
- Ahead of hanging any mobile on or near your baby’s cot, grab a measuring tape and check that the strings are no longer than seven inches, as they could get caught up in them
- Check for any flimsy or loose parts that could break off a mobile or toy and fall into your baby’s cot
- Make sure your baby can see a mobile hanging above their cot. Although it’s important it remains out of reach, newborn babies can only see objects clearly that are between 8 and 12 inches away
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation carefully
- By the time your baby can push up on their hands and knees, it’s time for the mobile to go
Here are 10 of the best cot toys and mobiles we think your baby will love…
1. Whisbear The Humming Bear, £49.99
Designed to help babies fall asleep, the cute Whisbear toy with its cuddly, soft head, rustling ears and paws emits a white noise babies remember from their foetal life – making it the perfect sleeping companion.,
After an initial 40 minutes of shushing your baby to sleep, it drifts slowly into standby mode. But this clever little deivce doesn’t stop there. If your baby does wake and cry, Whisbear’s cry sensor means it will turn itself back on for another twenty minutes to soothe them back to sleep.
Featuring contrasting colours, fabrics and textures, Whisbear also has magnets in his paws to attach easily to the cot, pram, or pushchair.
See what our professional reviewer thought of the Whisbear.
You can buy the Whisbear from John Lewis, KIDLY and Whisbear
2. Tiny Love Classic Development Mobile, £39.99
The Tiny Love Classic Development Mobile is an innovative 4-way movement mobile, with rotating black and white spirals and cute characters.
And with 20 minutes of classical music or nature sounds – there’s plenty to keep babies occupied.
You can buy the Tiny Love Classic Development Mobile from Kiddicare, Argos and Amazon
3. Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother, £39.99
Choose from a combination of lights, movements and sounds that include soft underwater light effects, gently moving characters, ocean sounds and calming classical melodies.
And the drift-off feature that slowly softens the music and lights every ten minutes to help your little one fall sleep is a great addition, although the soother does come with a remote control so you can make adjustments from afar without waking your baby.
It fits to most cots, and can be used on a bedside table too.
Buy the Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother from Tesco, Amazon and Argos
4. Victorine Musical Baby Mobile from Maisons du Monde, £41.99
This pretty pink mobile with vintage-style fabrics, plush materials and cute bunny is the perfect accompaniment to any cot. Complete with music, those lovely lullabies are sure to help send your little one off into the land of slumber.
Especially good for those babies who do not need too much stimulation at bedtime, and for those parents who prefer a more subtle approach to dressing their baby’s bedroom.
You can buy the Victorine Baby Mobile from Maisons du Mode.
5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity Toy, £24.99
From the much-loved book comes this fantastic activity toy with attachable straps for your baby’s cot.
Featuring rattles, crinkles and squeaks, and a rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, it’s enough to keep your little one happy for a while.
A toy that can be used from birth, it’s colourful, fun and engaging.
Buy The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity Toy from JoJo Maman Bebe and Precious Little One
6. Djeco ‘An Unusual Night’ luminous mobile, £19.99
How’s this for a show-stopper? An extra large display measuring more than 75cm wide, the subtle but eye-catching mobile features owls, a fox, a sleepy cat and intricate tree.
The best part is that it’s luminous, giving a magical effect at night time, and as your child grows, they’ll get to love these adorable characters, making out the intricacies of each one.
You can buy the Deco An Unusual Night mobile from Amazon and BirdKids.
7. VTech My 1st Activity Lion, £16.97
VTech’s My 1st Activity Lion is a soft, cuddly lion boasting a variety of textures, colours, a squeaker, mirror and three buttons teaching letters, shapes and sounds.
With a linking ring so it can attach to the cot, your little one will have easy access to the toy, and it’s suitable from birth.
You can buy the VTech My 1st Activity Lion from John Lewis, Selfridges and ASDA
8. Peter Rabbit Activity Spiral Toy, £18
Made from soft, corded plush with super-soft Peter Rabbit and Flopsy characters for your little ones to cuddle and play with, there’s also attachments with crinkles and a strawberry squeaker.
Attaching to the side of your baby’s cot, and suitable from birth, this makes for a wonderful first toy. Designed to encourage baby’s early developmental skills, we have to admit it looks pretty cute too!
You can buy the Peter Rabbit Activity Spiral Toy from John Lewis, JoJo Maman Bebe and Amazon
9. Babymoov Starlight Mobile, £59.99
This unusual mobile has a rotating main ring and three soft toys, while it also plays volume-adjustable sounds and has a nightlight too.
Three relaxing melodies and one heartbeat sound can be used with or without the nightlight, so it’s great for soothing at daytime or night.
In two colours, you can buy the Babymoov Starlight Mobile from from Babymoov, Amazon, and Precious Little One.
10. BigJigs Toys Mobile, £13.99
This traditional wooden mobile is so cute – we just love the farm design with its colourful rainbow and barn, and all the happy animals!
It can be hung from the ceiling and has a height of 75cm, or fixed the the nursery wall as a decorative piece later on.
Also available in pirate and fairy designs, it’s bright and would make a lovely gift.
You can buy the Bigjigs Toy Mobile from Uber Kids, Amazon, and BigJigs
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