~ Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Aquarium Mobile ~
My mother and father in-law bought this mobile for my little boy just before he was born, my 5 year old was their first grandchild and they wanted to buy something practical that he would get pleasure out of and I was very pleased that they had chosen this.
We had gone out and bought everything we needed expect that is a cot mobile, we had no idea what they had bought despite them saying it was something really nice and when my mother in-law came to the house with this I was very happy. Not only was I happy because it looked nice but it also saved us a few quid!
I remember it came packaged in a rather large cardboard box, the box had all the relevant information on it, including a picture of the mobile in use - It showed it attached to a cot with a baby gazing at it.
Everything was ready for the arrival of our little boy, so I got about getting the mobile set up and put onto the side of the cot.
The bottom part of the mobile has a cute fish bowl area, it is a gel filled squidgy to the feel plastic toy which when baby is too old for the whole mobile this can be used alone.
Into this part you need to place the arm of the mobile, there is a little plastic cover that slides back to reveal the slot into which this fits, hanging from the mobile are three colourful and rather cute fish, inbetween the fish are hanging green ribbons which are meant to replicate seaweed. It's a nice jolly colourful cot mobile.
At the top of the mobile is a little dome which lights up and fills the room with glorious patterns, like a little light show.
It also comes with a remote control so it can be activated without disturbing baby further when baby wakes up.
The mobile can be activated to sound lullabies or underwater sounds, you can also just have the light show, the fish moving, or just music. There is a switch located on the unit which allows you to choose which mode to choose.
I found it really soothed my little one and used it from birth, I would put him down to sleep in his moses basket at night and then carry that upstairs and place the basket into the cot, if the movement disturbed my little one, I would simply put the mobile on and he would watch the lights dancing on the ceiling and swiftly fall back to sleep.
The main unit requires 4 D batteries and the remote requires 2 AA batteries.
It screws onto the side of the cot very easily, a large plastic screw sticks out of the back of the mobile and a large plastic 'nut' screws onto it to hold it firmly in place.
I am sad to say that I could not use it for my next baby as my hubby stored it in the shed where the fish bowl part was pierced by something. The mobile still worked perfectly but I didn't think it was suitable for use due to the one bit being broken.
Had it not been for that I would have definitely used it again.
I ended up needing to buy another mobile and this time I chose a Playskool Gloworm one which was very cute but didn't have as many features as this one.
You can find this on Amazon priced at £47.99 with a p&p of £6.86 which I think is a little overpriced, as nice as it may be I wouldn't spend that amount on this mobile, however I do know my in-laws did spend in the region of £50 for it 5 years ago.
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My father bought this for my little girl when she was about 6 months after noticing her old mobile was broken. She'd never been bothered by the mobile so I hadn't replaced it. This one is a lot fancier than her basic old one. It has music, a lightshow and a squishy aquarium. It also has a nifty little remote so the parents can turn it on without disturbing baby. He paid around £40 for it which I think is actually expensive for the use we've had out of it.
My daughter does actually love this mobile. The light show is her favourite part. It projects ocean pictures onto the ceiling and around the walls. It keeps her amused while she drifts off to sleep. The music plays for 22 minutes and you can either have it set to lullabies or ocean sounds. My daughter seems to prefer the ocean sounds. There are two different levels of sound so you can have it quiet or louder, a good feature as you don't want music being particularly loud while baby is trying to sleep. Dangling from the mobile are plush fish and bits of 'seaweed' they do come off very easily but are big enough so they don't pose a choking risk. Although it is very annoying having to reattach the constantly. Now my daughter is able to move around her cot a bit she loves touching the squishy aquarium, I think this is quite a good feature as it gives her something to play with in the morning. I've never really bothered with the remote as it's never taken my baby more than the 22 minutes to get to sleep. It is very simple to use though, there is just one large yellow button that turns it on.
So far so good. This mobile is well loved by my daughter but it has a serious design flaw in my opinion. It absolutely eats batteries. They need changing at least once a week and we do use Duracell so it's not the quality of the batteries that's the problem. They mobile takes 6 C size batteries so it gets very expensive to keep it going. Replacing the batteries is also very difficult. There are loads of screws to undo and the mobile which is quite bulky has to be taken completely off the cot as the battery compartment is on the inside. This could simply be solved by including an adapter for it but fisher price seems to have missed this problem. Very disappointing from such a well known company. As previously mentioned the mobile is quite bulky. The way it attaches to the cot is through a spinning cog that tightens up against the mobile. My daughter has banged her head against this a few times while rolling around and it is very hard plastic. Not very impressed with the safety aspect of it. Also if you have a cot with solid sides this will not fit as there's nothing to thread the cog through.
All in all although my daughter loves this mobile I cannot recommend it because of the battery and safety issues. 2 stars from me
This is a lovely mobile and is very cute for babies.
I received this mobile as a gift but I think it costs about £30 which I think is quite expensive for what it is and it didn't really help my baby to sleep but is nice to look at and it sounds nice.
The fish dangling from it are soft and are nice bright neutral colours and so this is suitable for both boys and girls. It also has a nice squishy aquarium bit where it attaches to the cot for your baby to feel but don't feel that this was very useful as by the time my baby started to touch it it was time to take it down in case he climbed on it.
I think this mobile is only supposed to be used until your baby is 6 months old but the good thing about this one is that when you take it off the cot you can make it into a night light that stands on its own so your child can enjoy it for years.
One of the things that I really like about it and is probably the best bit is the patterns it makes on the ceiling in the dark and it is very nice and relaxing and definately made me drift off to sleep when we had it in our room.
The music it plays is also really lovely and twinkly and I didn't find it annoying at all and was very relaxed by it. I don't think it helped my baby to sleep but did give him something nice to look at while in his cot.
It also comes with a very handy little remote so I can stop it or play it without getting out of bed or without having to go into his room.
The only bad thing about this mobile though is that the batteries run out in it very quickly so I have to change them all the time which is a bit annoying.
This is a lovely mobile and well worth the money because it turns into a night light.
I loved the design and colours of this Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Aquarium mobile as soon as I first spotted it in Mothercare. At £30 it wasn't as expensive as some, but was still higher than average when you consider you can pick up many low-tech ones for around £19.99.
One of the things I liked about this though, was that it was a good name, being a mum of three I know the Fisher Price brand well, it supplies good quality, durable, bright, colourful, educational and fun toys and nursery equipment.
Another thing I liked and that I found was unique to this model at the time, was that it comes with a remote control, which allows you to turn the music and lights off when baby is sleeping from the doorway so you don't wake him/her up by entering the room and leaning over the cot.
It plays a collection of lullabies and underwater sounds when on the music setting, and there is an aquarium light show that beams on to the ceiling which is really very good at keeping baby amused! You can choose whether to play just the music, just the light show or both. I always played both at the same time, I'm not sure why you would want to do just one or the other.
Another thing, which you might notice from the picture is that it has a squishy water bubble with plastic fish inside, within reach of baby for him/her to touch and play with.
There are also three colourful fish and strips of sparkly seaweed that hang down, and rotate when the mobile is switched on.
I think one of the best features though, is that it turns into a nightlight when baby is older - I haven't heard of other mobiles that can do this, and I think this feature is what sold it to me, as I am always trying to get more for my money when I'm shopping! So I love the dual use and the fact that it can last a few years instead of a number of months.
All in all, this was a lovely mobile, strong, easy to attach to the cot, colourful and bright for baby, great with the remote control features and would last a long time ( we're actually using it for baby number 2 now!)
One thing I will say though, is that it really really does eat up batteries! We get through so many, that I really think it's worth getting a rechargable battery charger as it takes those large torch batteries which are quite expensive.
At the end of the day, baby with love it and so will you if it sends him/her off to sleep!