Vtech Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile review

Last Updated on September 21, 2020 by Ines

Vtech Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile Review

Vtech Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile review

VTech baby soothing mobile responds to your baby’s cry. Although it has some deficiency, a built-in sound sensor makes it different from other battery-operated crib mobiles. If you want the responsive baby crib mobile, you should definitely think about it. But if the look and the design of your baby nursery are your priority, then you might be disappointed with the plastic look of the mobile.


  1. voice activated crib mobile: response to your baby’s cry with calming music
  2. 35+ sing-along songs, sounds, melodies, and phrases
  3. brightly colored ocean animal characters teach visual awareness
  4. projects calming stars and moon images onto the ceiling
  5. grows with your child
  6. long-playing soft music helps soothe babies to sleep
Vtech Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile Review


  • it responds to your baby’s cry
  • it grows with your child
  • easy to put together
  • switching between different sounds
  • lots of different sound options
  • adjustable volume
  • it has a night light and ceiling projector


  • it doesn’t spin without the music
  • plastic look
  • poor customer service

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Is the automatic mobile’s response to the baby’s cry a useful feature that would persuade you to buy this responsive mobile?
Yes and no!

With the voice-activated mobile, you don’t need to restart the mobile manually. So, you won’t distract your baby from leaning over her while restarting the mobile. But you have other options, which allows you the same. A remote-controlled or Bluetooth operated baby mobile will restart the mobile from another room. The only difference is that you still have to press on the button with those two.

Vtech baby soothing ocean slumbers mobile will respond right away without your help, even when you won’t be near. Because of that, there is less chance for your baby to completely wakes up before you restart the mobile.

We didn’t notice problems with the voice-activated sensor.

Many parents claim that the sound sensor doesn’t work. Well, it does work, but you have to set it up correctly, as Vtech baby soothing ocean slumbers mobile works only if the mobile will play at first. You may think that’s obvious. But let’s take a look at this example. You bring the sleeping baby in the crib, so you won’t turn on the mobile as the baby doesn’t need it. Later the mobile won’t respond if the baby wakes up. The sound sensor works only if the mobile plays and shuts down after the setup time by itself first!

Although the mobile has interesting features, it looks a little too plastic and poorly made for our taste. VTech should improve that, and they will get a perfect responsive baby mobile. We would also recommend to invest in different designs, not just ocean them, so the mobile could fit in more themed nurseries.

Vtech Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile: cry, voice-activated mobile

The base of the mobile is not just a regular round box, as it’s in the shape of a blue whale. That makes the mobile unique, which is a big plus.

The whale doesn’t serve only as of the crib attachment, because it has the buttons for controlling the whole unit as well and a nightlight in the belly. That’s cute and makes the mobile more appealing for you and your baby.
Besides a large musical button on the front of the mobile’s base, there are also little buttons on the side. They are meant for parental control, for adjusting the lights, volume, and timer on the mobile.

Vtech Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile grows with your child

Another useful feature that gives an additional value to the mobile is its long-term use. It is a 2-in-1 mobile, which means you get one baby toy, with two different purposes. In this case, you get a crib mobile, that you can later easily convert into a crib toy or take-along toy.

  1. In the first stage, you use it as a crib mobile.
  2. You need to remove the mobile’s arm when your baby reaches the hanging toys. Although plush toys are removable, we do not recommend to use them separately before your baby is not old enough. Toys are too small for a little baby! But you can leave the whale on the crib. It will serve as a musical box with a nightlight. Along with music and the fact that your baby is already used to this toy, it will comfort and help her to sleep further.
  3. In the last stage, when your little one is big enough, you can remove the whale from the crib, and use it as a take-along toddler toy. Your toddler will enjoy having the music box with lights and sounds in the shape of the whale.


Vtech Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile features four bright ocean plush animals that dangle and twirls above the baby’s head.

  • colorful plush octopus, crab, star, and fish
  • plastic blue whale


  • rotating direction: clockwise
  • it doesn’t spin without the music, but it has three modes of operating:
  1. lights only
  2. spinning & playing music
  3. lights, spinning & music


The music button on a whale activates sounds, songs, and music. It plays a lot more sounds and songs as the majority of baby musical mobiles.

Besides lullabies and natural sounds, it plays sing-along songs and phrases as well. We found that very handy when you transform the crib mobile into a toddler take-along toy.

It has a built-in timer, which allows you to preset the working time. The mobile can play up to 40 minutes of soothing music, along with spinning the toys and projecting images onto the ceiling.

  • music duration: 20, 30 or 40 minutes
  • volume setting: yes
  • number of melodies: 37+ nursery rhymes, sing-along songs, natural sounds and phrases
  • switching between sounds: yes


The mobile features the nightlight and a ceiling projector.

Nightlight in whale’s belly changes colors and works further when you use the whale as the take-along toy.
That is not the case with the nightlight projector, because it works only when you use the Vtech Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile as a crib mobile. The projector is on the top of the mobile’s arm, so you will remove it along with the mobile’s arm. As far as the ceiling projection we don’t have any complaints.


The mobile doesn’t have remote control. In this case, this is not a problem, as the sound sensor restarts the mobile, so you don’t need it.


  • weight: 2.28 pounds
  • dimensions: 12.6 x 4.7 x 18.3 inches
  • batteries: requires 4 AA batteries


  • mobile & projector: birth to 5 months
  • musical crib toy: 5 months +


Vtech Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile is covered by a 3-month warranty from the original purchase date, under normal use and service, against defective workmanship and materials.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about Vtech Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile

1. Does the mobile have a plugin?
No, it can work only with batteries.

2. When the baby starts crying, is it supposed to play only the sound/music, or is it supposed to activate the lights and mobile also?
It depends on which setting you selected at first.

3. How does Vtech Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile attach to the crib?
The mobile attaches to the crib with the adjustable strap, which goes over the rail, through the slats, and into the clip. It has an additional safety string, which you can tie around the nearest crib slat.

4. Do the lights that project onto the ceiling move or are they stationary?
It projects moving graphics on the ceiling.

5. Does this mobile have a child safety certificate?
All VTech products are thoroughly tested and evaluated by independent testing labs before they are brought to market and meet all the safety guidelines of the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

The same as other baby crib mobiles, VTech Baby Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile has development benefits for your baby as well. It stimulates visual awareness, auditory stimulation and tactile stimulation.

It could be made a little better and more sophisticated, but it has everything you need for your baby. And with the additional sound responsiveness, it actually offers you more than lots of other battery-operated crib mobiles.

If you don’t mind the plastic look of the mobile, this mobile is a good choice. By the way, babies and toddlers don’t mind it at all, as they love the blue whale with lights and sounds.

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