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I remember searching endlessly when my daughter just would not nap during the day no matter what I did!! Very exhausted and concerned I was confronted with many mobile/projector options and I just didn't know which one to go with. I wanted to make the right choice because many of them do not come cheap particularly this one. I bought it when my daughter was about eight weeks old and although she did not take to it initially, it did provide something different to look at and would absorb her concentration for five-ten minutes. As she grew a little older so too did her enjoyment of it, from about twelve weeks she absolutely adored it, she would be mesmerized by it reaching out to the stuffed animals on the rotating canopy. There are three sound settings; classical music, nature music and a simulated 'heart beat inside the womb' for newborn babies. There is a projector which projects either onto the ceiling or onto a detachable rotating carousel/canopy. There are three settings to use- the projector, rotating canopy and music; the rotating canopy and music or just the music- each setting lasting about fifteen-twenty minutes and the music fades out so there is no abrupt ending. The unit also comes with a remote which we keep on the door just in case my daughter is not asleep after the sequence has ended (but this is very, very rare indeed!) Although this product is rather expensive (I was lucky and found it on offer when I needed it so did not pay full price- my advice shop around!!) it has really been worth the money. I have read previous reviews on other sites from customers who were disappointed with the products battery life. I have had the mobile for three months and have only changed the batteries once (very recently) and I use the projector/mobile/music setting which should use the most power. A brilliant product that enables my daughter to nap during the day and will continue to do so for many months to come.
We bought the Fisher Price Precious Planet 2 in 1 Projection Mobile when our daughter was 2 months old. We were looking primarily for one with a heartbeat sound track on it as we'd been playing womb sounds to her at night which seemed to soothe her. We also liked the idea of the projected images.
It was easy to put together which is always a bonus - in fact my 9 year old put it together in a matter of minutes. Although it takes the very large batteries, they've lasted well and are still going 4 months later (I'd read some reports that they ran out really quickly.)
The mobile itself is nice and thankfully the music is gentle and genuinely soothing. The projections onto the canopy are quite hypnotic and my daughter will happily lie and watch them for 5 minutes giving me valuable time to grab a shower or do some tidying up.
At night it's part of our bedtime routine and as the music has two volume levels we have it on the gentle music and switch the projections off after the first few minutes and she drifts off to sleep with the music still playing softly. It has a great feature of switching off after 15 minutes to save battery life. We've not found the remote control that useful but I can see it becoming more handy in the future as she gets older.
All in all we're really happy with it and it does it's job of helping our daughter get to sleep easily and hassle free. I bought it from Amazon for about £35 on offer - I think full price it's around £50.00
When i decided it was time to move my son from his moses basket to his own bedroom and his cot i was expecting a few rough nights whilst he got used to it.
To make this process a little easier i decided to get him a mobile for the cot.
As my son is addicted to the lights of the TV i thought he might find a projection mobile soothing.
I went to Babies R Us as i had a £5 off voucher which you recieve with their Gold Card (a points system, a bit like Boots).
The only one i could find was the Fisher Price Precious Planet 2 in 1 Projection Mobile, at a price of £48.99 i was slightly put off.
I hadn't planned on spending that much, however i have bought the Fisher Price Rainforest Play Gym before which was also expensive but worth every penny, so i decided to go for it.
This Mobile is a music box, projection and a mobile all in one.
It comes with a canopy which the images are projected on so that a small baby can still see it well (if it was on the ceiling a young baby cannot focus that far), this canopy has 4 toys hanging from it - a crocodile, a lion, a whale and a polar bear.
When your child is 5 months it is recommended that you remove the canopy and let the images project on the ceiling for safety reasons (this is the same with all normal mobiles too, as baby starts to sit up)
It has 3 sounds - one is a heartbeat which the baby would have heard in the womb, the second is seaside sounds (waves, seagulls) and the third is classical music. All three are soothing and there is two volume settings.
You can choose which sound you want easily by pressing one of 3 buttons on the base unit.
There is 3 settings where you can choose different combinations
1) mobile roatation, music & projection
2) mobile rotation & music
3) projection & music
The projection images are of different cartoon animals which rotate through a sequence.
The mobile/music/projection will play for a maximum of 20mins before slowly turning itself off....projection and mobile stop first, then music stops a minute or two later so baby isn't "shocked" awake by it stopping immediatly.
This Mobile also comes with a remote, which has one simple button for on/off. This means you can turn it on from the doorway without your baby seeing you. Which is a helpful idea, but doesn't work very well.
Although you can turn the sensor on the base unit to point towards the door, the remote is still pretty useless and only works "when it feels like it".
You can still switch it on and off at the base unit.
This piece of equipment requires four D batteries for the base unit and two AA batteries for the remote.
My son adores this mobile and is transfixed by it, more often than not he is asleep within a couple of minutes.
He seems to prefer the heartbeat sound at the moment, this could be because he is still young - 11 weeks.
I turn the mobile on in his dark room whilst i give him his bedtime bottle, where he can just see the light from it, so he is calm before i even put him in his cot