Some bassinets come with a nursery mobile, but most don’t. Unfortunately, finding the right one for a bassinet is not as easy as buying a crib mobile, so we wanted to help. We’ve compiled the list of the best mobiles for baby bassinets. There are not many, but all of them are quality and worth your consideration!
I have also added tips on what you should look for when buying a nursery mobile for the bassinet. I hope it will help!
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Baby Mobiles for Bassinets
Baby mobiles hang above the sleeping surface, but their primary function is not to lull your baby to sleep. They are designed to stimulate her visual and motor skills and thus help with the baby’s brain development.
However, that doesn’t mean they do not help your baby to sleep better!
The best mobiles for bassinets have just the right level of stimulation. A good mobile gently engages your baby long enough that she eventually falls asleep without your help. You don’t want a mobile that would keep her up all night!
Is it safe to put a mobile on a bassinet?
Yes, but only if you choose the right one! Not all nursery mobiles are safe to use on a bassinet!
1. How the nursery mobile attaches to the bassinet:
In terms of attachment, we distinguish between two types of mobiles. One attaches to the ceiling and the other to the baby’s bed.
Ceiling-mounted mobiles are generally safe for use with a bassinet. Unfortunately, we can not claim the same for side-mounted models! Only those with the right attachment type can fasten securely on a bassinet!
For use on a baby bassinet, look for a ceiling-mounted mobile or the side-mounted mobile with a clamp attachment!
2. Can your bassinet hold the weight of the mobile?
Another factor to consider when purchasing the mobile is the construction of the bassinet. The side of your bassinet may not be strong enough to support the weight of your favorite mobile.
You must attach the mobile to a hard object to fix it securely! But many bassinets have soft mesh sides, so this may not be possible.
If your bassinet rail is not hard enough, or there is no T-area to grip the mobile, using the bassinet-mounted mobile is might not safe. In this case, it is better to use a ceiling mobile that hangs above the bassinet and does not affect its construction.
You must be sure your bassinet is strong enough to support the weight of your chosen mobile. If the bassinet’s side bends under the mobile’s weight, this could lead to injury or even suffocation.
3. Proper use:
Mobile safety depends on how you use it!
– Bassinets are not in use long enough for the baby to be able to pull the mobile down on its own. However, better to be safe than sorry, so you should hang it out of the baby’s reach.
– Bassinet mobile should not contain small parts that could become choking hazards.
– Check for any loose or broken parts.
– Make sure you set your mobile up correctly.
Best Mobiles for Bassinets
Tiny Love Take Along Mobile
This mobile is our absolute winner for use on a bassinet!
The Tiny Love Take Along is a highly versatile baby mobile that can fasten securely on a bassinet, crib, Pack ‘N Play, car seat, or stroller.
From my experience, it is very engaging for the baby but also calming and can gently lull her into sleep.
Tiny Love Take Along is highly portable and grows with your baby. Your baby will have a familiar toy that provides comfort and security wherever you go.
The Tiny Love Take Along mobile’s quality and versatility put it on top of nursery mobiles!
Many mobiles have portable detachable toys. But those are just toys, meaning no spinning or music while on the go. What is unique about Tiny Love is its spinning unit that detaches along with the toys.
It has three different connectors, letting the spinning unit and toys fasten securely onto almost any baby gear. Switching between them is quick and hassle-free.
All three connectors are sturdy and cleverly built. But on a bassinet, you will use a long arm attachment that fastens with a clamp.
The mobile’s weight is also important for use on a bassinet. The Tiny Love Take Along mobile is not heavy. It weighs only 1.44 pounds, which shouldn’t be too much for most bassinet’s sides.
The mobile is made in five versions, but unfortunately, not all of them are always available. It is so popular they sell out quickly.
Tiny Love portable mobile specifications:
– weight: 1.44 pounds – dimensions: 4.3 x 13.6 x 7.7 inches – batteries: 3 AA batteries required
ROTATION: – the mobile rotates clockwise – it rotates with or without music
SOUND: – Duration: it turns off automatically after 30min – Volume setting: NO – Number of melodies: 5 different nursery rhymes – Switching between sounds: you can not choose which song/tune is playing, as it plays on a continuous loop
This one is available only in two designs, yet both are so adorable and appealing that you must love them.
The mobile is very engaging and provides good visual stimulation. However, it can be calming as well.
The FEISIKE mobile has 12 preloaded lullabies that you can freely switch between and adjust their volume. Switching between melodies and adjustable volume is something we miss even on the above-described Tiny Love mobile.
The FEISIKE mobile musical-box motor works in three modes: 1. rotating only 2. music only 3. rotating & music
Best responsive mobile for a bassinet:
Fisher-Price Rainbow Showers Bassinet to Bedside Mobile
What I like the most about this mobile is its convenient sound detection. It automatically reactivates the mobile if the baby wakes up at night and soothes her back to sleep.
The Fisher-Price Rainbow Showers mobile is the only one with sound detection and the only one with a nightlight!
This mobile grows with your baby. Thus you can use it much longer than just the first few months when your baby sleeps in a bassinet!
When your baby outgrows the bassinet, attach the mobile to a crib. It attaches almost to all cribs. And the best part? Your child can use it even longer. Its motorized unit in a shape of a cute cloud detaches from the mobile’s arm and converts to a tabletop sound machine with a nightlight.
Similar nursery mobiles are usually heavier and look bulky, some even plastic. On the contrary, this one possesses a sleek design, soft fluffy toys, and pastel colors. Perfect for a newborn.
Most battery-operated nursery mobiles also do not attach securely to a bassinet, so I am happy that the Fisher-Price Rainbow Showers mobile does. It has an adjustable clamp to fasten securely on most bassinets. Attach it to a bassinet’s T-area for a better grip, if possible.
The Fisher-Price Rainbow Showers mobile spins around overhead and plays music. It has a 20-minute playlist featuring calming natural sounds, including white noise, rain, and wind.
You can set it to two volume levels, switch between natural sounds and lullabies, and turn on/off the nightlight.
Baby mobiles appropriate for use with the bassinet
Baby mobiles belong to two groups based on their attachment type:
Most baby mobiles attach to the unit. These are so-called crib-mounted mobiles that you can use on a bassinet too. (Therefore, we will call them bassinet-mounted mobiles from now on.)
Some baby mobiles attach to the ceiling and hang above the bassinet (ceiling-mounted mobiles).
While toys on the ceiling-mounted mobile hop and swing only with the help of the wind, the bassinet-mounted group gives you more options.
Bassinet-mounted mobiles are divided into three subgroups according to the way of operation.
They can work via:
The motorized unit that works on batteries
A mechanism that winds up manually
The first two use a small motor that spins the toys under the hand of the mobile and plays music. They can have additional features like night lights, a projector, different preloaded sounds and music, a timmer, Bluetooth, etc.
However, more features usually mean a larger mobile and therefore more weight, which can be problematic when used on a bassinet.
What type of mobile is best for the bassinet?
You can choose any type. But you have to pay attention to certain things with bassinet-mounted mobiles.
First is already mentioned weight. Your bassinet must withhold the weight of the mobile without any problems. The bassinet side shouldn’t twist or bend under the weight. A heavy mobile can also tilt some units, which is very dangerous for the baby.
Another thing to look for when choosing a bassinet-mounted mobile is the way of its attachment to the bassinet. Lots of mobiles can attach only to cribs’ slats and spindles. Such a mobile won’t mount securely to the bassinet, and you shouldn’t use it.
Look for the mobile with a specially designed clamp that attaches the mobile’s arm to the top of the bassinet side.