We know there’s really no such thing as a perfect night’s sleep when you’re a new parent, but baby mobiles are one thing that can make your little one’s sleep environment just that little more peaceful.

With music, lights and toys, these mobiles can help entertain and soothe your baby – helping them drift off to sleep or distracting them for a few moments of peace and quiet.

There’s a range of mobiles depending on your needs: from ones that hang on your nursery ceiling, to cot or travel mobiles that can be used on the go and adapted to a range of different fixtures and fittings.

We tested all different kinds to come up with our definitive list.

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V-Tech lullaby lambs mobile: £34.97, Amazon

This battery-operated cot mobile comes packed with a plethora of useful functions to keep your newborn engaged and entertained for hours. Working on a timer (users can select timings of five,15 or 30 minutes), the lullaby lambs mobile plays a mix of 40 different songs, white noise and lullabies; along with projecting four mesmerising different light patterns onto your ceiling.

Our parent testers were a fan of the remote control function (which allows you to control the volume and pause) while their little one was particularly relaxed by the nature sounds. The sound sensor – which detects when your baby is stirring and plays a tune to soothe them – is also another added bonus. A great all-rounder that’s fantastic value for money.

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Taf Toys mini moon pram mobile: £17, Jojo Maman Bebe

This mobile attaches to your pram by using a simple clip and while it might not have electronics, the movement of you pushing creates a relaxing chiming sound to encourage your little one to shut their eyes. The three nature-inspired characters (a moon and star that rattle and a jingling cloud) were soft and colourful and our tester commented that their baby was mesmerised by the mobile when used. What’s more, the chiming sound not only managed to soothe our tester’s baby to sleep but even helped relax their frazzled new mum!

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Nattou Fanny and Oscar mobile: £40.95, Hippy Chick

Baby brand Nattou is known for its collection of bright and beautiful characters and this mobile – which is part of its Fanny and Oscar collection – is no exception. A traditional wind-up mobile, the product was incredibly quick and easy to assemble and attach to the cot. The collection of four super-soft, machine-washable cuddly toys then rotate to a simple, soothing lullaby. Our tester felt the volume and melody were ideal for helping their little one drift off to sleep and its design fits beautifully into any nursery.

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Tiny Love magical tales take along mobile: £24.99, John Lewis & Partners

This small but perfectly formed mobile is great for mums on the go; attaching to your stroller (by a separate large clip); infant carrier (by Velcro), cot and most other baby products. It features three rotating animal characters (which our tiny tester particularly enjoyed) and plays five different melodies on a thirty-minute loop. Our parent testers were impressed with how easily this mobile’s lullabies sent their baby to sleep, but noted that the only downside was that there’s no volume control (meaning it may be too loud to some especially sensitive ears).

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Chicco next2 dreams cot mobile: £29.99, Argos

With more mums opting to use bedside cradles for their baby’s first months, the next2 dreams cot mobile offers a solution that can be used from the day you bring your baby home from hospital. Compatible with Chicco’s popular next2 me cradle (a side-sleeping crib that attaches to your bed), the battery-operated mobile works as a night light and plays up to 20 minutes of white noise (using a distinctive sound to mirror mum’s heartbeat) or classical music. What’s more, when morning comes, the mobile can be transformed into a smaller unit to use on your pushchair.

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Cam Cam Copenhagen peacock music mobile: £41.03, Cam Cam Copenhagen

This intricately embroidered peacock mobile is truly a thing of beauty. Made sustainably in Sweden using 100 per cent organic cotton, the simple hook design means it can be hung delicately from your ceiling, above your cot, changing area or indeed anywhere else in the house. Rather than rely on technology, the peacock comes with a simple pull chain that plays a beautifully peaceful melody when used. If you are looking for a stunning item of decor or a beautiful gift for a new arrival, you can’t go wrong with this one.

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Taf Toys musical garden mobile: £33.93, Amazon

An easy-to-install musical mobile that features three soft fabric characters attached to a motorised musical carousel. Other than popping in the batteries, no installation is required and it offers tons of functional features. In terms of sounds, there are eight melodies available (including classical ones by Mozart and Vivaldi, should you wish to start your newborn’s music appreciation journey early) that play for 30 minutes with two handy volume settings. Our new-mum tester loved the beautiful, stylish design of this one and commented that her twin newborns attention was fully captured by the bright rotating characters.

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Mothercare Teddy’s toy box musical mobile: £24, Mothercare

This wind-up music box mobile is a beautiful yet simple piece of nursery furniture. Suitable from birth, the mobile can easily attach to most cots and comes with a plethora of plush, soft toys (a teddy, elephant, giraffe and a mirror for your baby to explore with) and plays a lullaby when the music box is wound up. Part of Mothercare’s Teddy’s Toy Box collection, the mobile has a range of matching items for your little one’s nursery, including playmat, bouncer, wall decor and bedding.

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Skip Hop explore and more 3-in-1 travel mobile soother: £33.90, Amazon

A small but versatile mobile that travels with you; being extremely easy to attach and remove to your baby’s cot, pushchair or car seat. The three animal characters stimulate your baby’s senses by rotating and catching the light of their specially attached prisms. It also plays musical lullabies (you can choose from “Twinkle Twinkle”, “Eine Kleine”, Brahms’ “Lullaby” and “Rock-a-Bye Baby”) for a 20-minute stretch.

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Tiny Love polar wonders magical night mobile: £59.99, John Lewis & Partners

This truly multi-functional mobile is designed to support your baby’s development from birth right up to two years of age. As well as stimulating characters and its ability to play a plethora of soothing sounds (including white noise and lullabies for 30 minutes at a time with easy volume adjustments), the real beauty of this mobile is its stunning projection mode. Babies up to five months old will love the colourful scene it projects on the mobile’s canopy, while from five months onwards the music box can then be used as a ceiling projector.

Finally, when your little one suddenly seems all grown up, the mobile easily converts to a musical night light; projecting a beautiful starry night scene. Our tester loved the longevity of this one and found the music to be particularly calming in aiding her newborn to drift off to sleep. The fact that the rotating toys could be easily removed at night to create a low stimulus environment was another massive plus point.

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The verdict: Baby mobiles

V-Tech’s lullaby lambs mobile is our top pick for both versatility and value for money. For mums on the go, we’d definitely recommend the mini moon pram mobile. Finally, Cam Cam Copenhagen’s peacock mobile is a stunning alternative to electronic models and would make a beautiful gift.

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