“ Brand: Argos / Type: Mobile „
We have two mobiles: one is the Beanstalk model from Argos, which looks different to the one pictured, and one is the Mothercare Jungle mobile, as yet un-entered in the Dooyoo catalogue. The Mothercare one is superior, and yet its most brilliant feature is not even mentioned in the instructions.
Baby CrazyEgg spent the first six months of her life in hospital. Her first residence was a shiny perspex-style apartment with adjustable height facility (aka an incubator) for the medical staff. Then she travelled in a transport incubator to a new hospital where she went from incubator to bassinet and finally to a proper cot brought down to neonatal from the paediatric ward. Our stay in hospital meant that we were able to try out a number of toys designed to attach to each of these abodes, to amuse or soothe.
When Baby CrazyEgg graduated to a cot she at first seemed to like the Winnie the Pooh toy that played Winnie's theme song and projected images onto the ceiling, although it never seemed to induce sleep, the lightshow being far too interesting for starters. However, it wasn't long before it started to upset her. We were trying to establish a routine we would hope to have at home, but the big difference was that when she fell asleep, most nights we then headed out to the car park, got in our respective cars, and drove the 40 minute journey home. We think she knew. In the two-three week phase of using this toy the batteries had to be replaced twice, and the same seemed true of the similar models that featured lights as well as sound. By the time we were discharged we had resolved that Baby CrazyEgg would not have a night soother of this sort, and it was fortunate that the two we were given, as Welcome Home gifts were of a more basic and traditional style.
They both work in exactly the same way, although the Argos one was cheaper than the one from Mothercare. So, the Beanstalk model that we have has an appropriate (for the name) green 'stalk' that comes in two parts that clip together. The lower one, which forms the main part of the mobile stand, thickens towards the base and then has a rectangular cut-out where it slots against the top bar of a cot, and is held there by a long plastic screw that runs under the cot bar and is attached to a wheel at the other side that screws down to clamp the stand to the cot. At the very top of the stand there is a hook onto which you hang the music box. This in turn has a hook onto which you hang the actual mobile part. Ours features four soft-toy jungle animals tied on with thick green cord, which is suitably jungle-esque. Although this may sound complicated, it is very easy and obvious, the sort of assembly where you don't need the instructions they provide.
Baby CrazyEgg seemed much more settled by this mobile, which played tinkly nursery rhymes when the clockwork mechanism was wound up, than by the more elaborate models in the hospital, though of course it could just have been that she was home. The hanging animals captured her attention as they moved around and you could see that she was following their movements. It still was not a completely satisfactory aid for sleep, however because Baby did not fall asleep in the three minutes the tune was playing. She sometimes pretended. But the minute the tune stopped she would be really quite annoyed, so you would have to wind the mechanism up again, quickly, and calm her down. As it was, we ended up abandoning the mobile as a night time thing as Baby CrazyEgg started to sleep during her last tube-feed, so would be put into bed asleep, but the mobile retained its use as a morning toy, to keep Baby amused whilst we got up and dressed etc.
Baby CrazyEgg was on home oxygen from when she came home so we had an Oxygen concentrator in the hall plugged into the mains. From there a tube tunnelled the oxygen to Baby wherever she was via her nasal cannulas. We were always concerned that the tubing might get wrapped round her neck in the night, should she decide to roll over. However, by hooking the tubing around the mobile this risk was reduced. For such purpose, any stalk-based mobile will do.
There is a downside to the Beanstalk mobile though. I have mentioned that we ended up putting Baby in the cot when she was already asleep. We found that invariably we would knock the mobile as we put her in (or the oxygen tubing would catch it) and at that point the mobile would suddenly burst forth with an extra bit of tune. In vain we would will it to stop, but it would continue, either waking Baby CrazyEgg or giving us the stress of thinking she was bound to wake.
This is why the Mothercare jungle mobile is superior. Although it too can be guilty of the above, there is a dial which prevents it! On the music box part there is a dial which prevents the mobile playing even if it is fully wound up. This dial can also be used to stop the mobile playing out an extra few notes when quiet is desired. They don't mention it, but in my mind this should be a key sales point.
Now that Baby CrazyEgg can sit herself up in her cot and is beginning to pull herself up we have removed the mobile for safety reasons. However, there is still scope for use as the animals are detachable and can be played with individually, in a new game: 'Poke the animals through the stair gate and see how far they bounce'.
In summary, simple is sometimes best, but Mothercare beats the rest...only on mobiles though... I will be writing more about their products shortly...!
I had been looking for a mobile for my little boy. I was keen on the Fisher Price Jungle mobile but at £45 it just seemed a bit pricey so when I found this jungle on offer in Argos I was very please. I paid £17.99 normally £29.99.
I wanted a product which was unisex as I would like more children and wanted to be able to use it again.
The mobile is ideal from birth but the mobile is only to be used until your baby starts getting up as it can be a strangulation risk.
This mobile has a pale plastic frame which attaches on the side of the cot. There are 4 different colourful animals (lion, elephant, monkey and a giraffe).
The mobile was simple to assemble and the instructions were simple to follow with black and white images. The clamp which attaches on the cot locks on to the arched frame, then the musical part hooks on to the hook and then the animals just dangle down.
There you are your mobile is made and just needs attaching onto the cot. Clamps on to most cots and left no marks on the wood of the cot.
My son is 13 weeks old and seems to enjoy watching the animals go round and the listen to the music. The mobile needs to be wound up to play the music and then only lasts a couple of minuets. The music is a little tinny and could be of better quality.
This mobile required no batteries which was a plus as I fear they would need replacing quite regularly.
I don't think I would recommend this mobile although it does the job I just feel it's a little cheap the animals a funny looking, the music quality is poor and with the music only playing for a few minutes you need to constantly be on hand to keep winding it up.
When you are a new parent whether you like it or not you will receive a lot of gifts. One we received was the beanstalk cot mobile from Argos. We had already purchased our own mobile to fit in with the nursery theme; however we didn't like to offend as it was given to us from an older relative, so we ended up using both mobiles during the first twelve months of our daughter's life.
The mobile itself is designed in a very neutral colour scheme with the theme of jungle animals running through it. First appearances were that the mobile was cute in the design of the actual animals but basic in most other areas. It looked pleasant enough and would fit in well with any pastel coloured theme you may have in a nursery.
The design of the mobile fits most other standard designs on the market, with white plastic bars, which when put together cross over to make the shape of the circular square design that when rotating, the mobile characters move along well. You are provided with a bar and a large circular piece of plastic to attach the mobile to the cot bars, as well as four datable soft toys that make up the design.
As for the music included with the mobile, it's all compacted into a little wind up mechanism that attaches between the pieces of plastic to make the mobile complete. There are instructions to put the mobile together but to be honest it's fairly self explanatory and we didn't find we needed any help.
Once set up and running, we immediately saw that this mobile was better suited to the cot that we had than the other mobile we had purchased. My other mobile seemed to hang very low into the cot which I wasn't overly happy with as I was worried a toy may fall off into my daughter's face etc. This mobile was shorter in the cord that attached the toys to the plastic and therefore sat a little better hanging over the cot bars.
The animals included in the mobile are detachable by Velcro straps so you do have the option of removing them and letting your child play with them as they get bigger if you want to.
They are designed well and whilst presented in a pastel shade, they still appear quite bright and attractive to little learning eyes.
When the mobile is wound up and left to play we found we could get about 90 seconds of music from the mobile. The lullaby that plays is one I could never place but it's quite a catchy tune and slows down right at the end. The volume of the mobile is quite loud compared to the other mobile we had, and sometimes we found that because of this the length of the lullaby was long enough as we didn't want to deter our baby from going to sleep if the music was too loud.
All the animals float round gently when the mobile is wound up, and they seem to twist nicely to gain the attraction needed for stimulation if baby wasn't going to sleep.
Overall we were pleased to receive this as a gift after a couple of months because in some ways it did a better job than the other mobile we had purchased. We learnt that the mobile cost £14.99 from Argos, and whilst it's on the cheaper end of some mobiles you can buy, it also did look like it belonged on the cheaper price range.
There are more luxurious cot mobiles around, but this does a perfect job for anyone on a budget or with a jungle theme happening in the nursery. I also think it's averagely priced for what is essentially a plastic toy that soothes your baby when you are trying to teach them it's now sleep time. There are plenty of other items you will need to spend your money on.
I bought this cot mobile whilst pregnant, not knowing wether I was expecting boy or girl I had already decided that I wasnt doing pink or blue and neither did I like Winnie The Pooh!!
I bought it from Argos alongside the Beanstalk Playmat and some Beanstalk pram toys. They were all on offer at the time on a 3 for 2 offer so cost me a bargain £30 for the lot.
The Beanstalk range is basically products from birth up to toys for up to the age 5 mark. They are jungle animals and the range is usually green based with lots of bright yellows and orange.
The cot mobile that I purchased had a green plastic frame with 4 different brightly coloured animals hanging down. It is from an older catalogue and not quite as pictured now.
The mobile was self assembly and Im proud to say that even at 8 and 1/2 months pregnant I managed this on my own!
The frame came in two pieces and easily locked together. The animals hung on two seperate pieces that attached criss-crossed then the soft bodied animals just hooked on.
It attaches easily to any size cot frame in a clamp type plastic device that left no marks on the cot wood at all.
My daughter loved this cot mobile, although I must say that she got the most enjoyment from it from around 18 months as she liked to wind it up by herself and play with the detachable animals!
As a baby though it did keep her attention although the music did stop after only a couple of minutes. Excellent for keeping mum sane methinks!
The best feature for me was NO batteries!
As a parent you'll understand the importance of this as you struggle to keep up with the battery demand!
All in all Id highly recommend this product especially for the price - currently retailing at Argos for £14.99 - I have also seen lots of these selling on ebay so you may be able to get the older style green frame.
It definately does the job, is great for those that want greens and yellows rather than the pinks and blues. It costs nothing to maintain other than a little wrist action and in my case was used for at least 18 months!
This is Beanstalk Jungle Cot Mobile which I bought from Argos for less then £15. This is a good price for a cot mobile as when I went to John Lewis they were all above £25 and they cannot be used for a long time as once the baby starts sitting and is more active you have to remove it.
For the first few months after my son was born he slept in a Moses Basket like many newborns. He was quite settled in the basket and it was easy to rock him to sleep at times as I had a rocking stand. However when he outgrew it he had to move on into the cot which was a challenge for me to get him to sleep and stay in. He would cry nonstop to begin with in it and perhaps found it too big and not cozy for him. I therefore bought this cot mobile and another cot toy which lighted up and played songs.
Advantages of Product:
I chose this mobile as it was cheap and at that time I did not have that much spare cash. Another factor was that it does not require any batteries as at that stage I was very fed up of batteries for everything. I already had a 3 year old too and the amount of batteries I have to buy to keep their toys going. It is a wind up mobile therefore you have to wind it up and then the toys circle around slowly with a gentle tune, which is a great idea. Once winded up it lasts a long enough time.
It was extremely easy to assemble. There are four soft animal toys that stick on very easily then you just put the pieces together and tighten onto the cot.
The soft animal toys on the mobile are fabulous, they are all different colours and can be used afterwards as just soft toys, and even now my son is over one yars old and plays with the toys. The tune is also very calming and soothing. The mobile was great to begin with as it distracted my son and he would cry less. It would also put him to sleep at times. This mobile can help the baby's concentration and observations skills.
Disadvantages of product:
Firstly as I stated before it does not require batteries which saved me money but meant I had to always wind it up before use. Also after the mobile had de-winded obviously the toys stopped rotating and the music stopped and if my baby was not asleep I would have to come back and rewind the toy again which was a hassle.
Unfortunately for my child he got bored of the mobile very quickly and after a while he would not care if I winded it up or not and would not be interested in it and would need a new stimulation.
Cot mobiles cannot be used for long. For my son for the first 3 months he was in the Moses Basket so he did not need the mobile until then, after that we used the cot mobile for 3 months as at the age of 6 months he was sitting and would try reach for it.
It was worth the £15 as it did the job of helping my son settle in the cot. I liked the fact it had detachable toys that are still played with today.
This musical mobile is great for entertaining baby when they're in their cot. With four detachable hanging Beanstalk animals.