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We bought this mobile to co-ordinate with our nursery. We decorated the whole room in the M&P Gingerbread range, purely because I liked the bright colours! It's not the cheapest range to fall in love with, and I have to admit I bought some items in the range that we didn't particularly need (such as Gingerbread curtain ties!) but the mobile turned out to be one of our best buys.
Our eldest son had a cot mobile but he was never particularly interested in it and I do wonder whether it's because it was all pale cream and wasn't particularly engaging. We gave our old cot mobile to my sister when she was expecting so it was a great excuse to buy a new one.
The mobile comes in 4 parts and it's easy to assemble and take apart when needed. We went away last week and it was easy to take into its four pieces and pack into a travel bag.
We have a Mamas and Papas cot and it fits to it well, but it also fits onto the spare cot at my mums house which was bought from Ikea. The plastic attachment works by twisting it until the plastic arm is secured tightly against the bars of the cot. You can adjust it to fit any size cot, and we've used it both at the end of the cot and on one of the sides and it's been secure and safe.
The arm of the mobile is just a white plastic but it does it's job without making the mobile look cheap. I was worried that the white plastic would look odd next to the dark wood of our cot but it looks absolutely fine.
The toys hanging from the mobile make a lovely change from your standard teddies that you find on a lot of mobiles. The toys are all bright and grab our little one's attention. The toys consist of a gingerbread man (obviously!), a horse, a teapot with a mirror on the bottom and something that I can only assume it a friendly looking monster! The mirror on the bottom of the teapot is a nice touch which leaves our little dude lying grinning at himself! The colours are bright and engaging and are gender neutral which make it perfectly suitable for a boy or girl, without having to stick to boring cream.
When the mobile is in motion, it rotates the toys at a speed that keeps my little one mesmorised but not so fast it makes him dizzy!
The toys are attached to the music box which also has the wind up mechanism on it. When it motion it plays the melody to "Rock-a-bye baby". It's a little bit tinny but our little one doesn't seem to mind. Our previous mobile played a sped up version of Brahms Lullaby that was quite simply awful - perhaps another reason why our eldest didn't warm to it!
The music box has your typical wind up mechanism at the back where you simply have to twist to set into motion. You can only twist it a maximum of four rotations which results in about 3-4 minutes of melody and rotation. It would be handy if the cycles lasted a little bit longer because it usually takes around 3 cycles of me having to go back in and re-twisting before he'll go to sleep. The wind up mechanism is also a bit noisy which sometimes startles my little one if he's dozing off.
The music box is covered with a lovely appliqued fabric to match the toys. The attention to detail is lovely and its nice that it's not just left as white plastic like the arm of the mobile. The fabric has a little hole on the box for the wind of mechanism to be used easily.
As far as I am aware you can't replace the batteries in the music box but we have used the mobile every night and nap time for three months and we've still not needed to. There is a way of opening the music box so perhaps you can change them, but as I said we've never need to so the box remains closed for now.
We've used this for the past three months and our little one loves it. For the first few weeks our little one slept in his moses basket but he outgrew it quickly and would wake up because his arms and legs would bang the sides when he spread out. We gradually started introducing him to his cot at nap times and put on the mobile and as he got used to it we started putting him in there at night. He's now 4 months and sleeps in there at both nap and night time and I honestly think the mobile made the transition easier. You obviously can't attach it safely to a moses basket but it does come with a wall bracket so you can attach to the wall instead.
The mobile helps our little one drift off to sleep, and if he wakes in the night we can turn it on and it lulls him back to sleep. It's also engaging enough to keep him entertained in a morning before he starts crying for his milk! We're often woken up by the sound of him cooing at it (or himself in the mirror) filtering through the baby monitor!
We bought ours from the Mamas and Papas store but you can also find it online on their website. They often do promotions on their ranges and at the moment have 20% off the gingerbread range. I'd avoid paying full price because these promotions do come round quite often. The full retail price is £35 (currently on offer for £28). This may seem pricey but the quality of the items, like most of the M&P range, is exceptional. I honestly can't fault it and let's face it, you can't put a price on a decent night's sleep!