From singing sheep to abstract works of art, a mobile is an essential item for any baby’s nursery and many become an established part of the décor.

Baby mobiles should hang from the ceiling or a cot frame.

The best will feature familiar or comforting shapes or creatures but all should be able to withstand a little bit of pawing from tiny hands.

While some parents want songs and lights to help their little ones drift off, others believe these act as a stimulus.

As always, parenting is horses for courses, so we’ve included both. Some even have projectors and can be operated by remote control!

We’ve also managed to cover a variety of budgets. The least expensive mobile here costs less than £5 and is still vibrant and a beautiful addition to any room.

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The verdict: Baby mobiles

While the prettiest has got to be the Meri Meri or Cam Cam Balloon mobile, the best all-rounder is the Tiny Love Magical Tales Mobile. It looks lovely, plays melodies and is a bit of a bargain!

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