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When I found I was pregnant my husband and I decided that we did not want to find out the sex of our baby before it was born so we decided to decorate the nursery in neutral colours and tones and decided on a rainforest theme. I checked the internet and found that Fisher Price did a lovely Rainforest theme for toys, nursery furniture, decorations and so on so I did get quite a few pieces from the range and the Fisher Price Rainforest Mobile was one of the first I bought. I fell in love with it when I first saw it in John Lewis, priced at £39.99, but I decided to hold off and see if I could get it cheaper online. We managed to do one better than that by buying a display model in Mothercare complete with batteries, it was as new and had been used in an instore demonstration so it didn't come with a box, but it was in perfect condition and set us back only £15! As we kept the reciept they told us that would be sufficient should we ever have any problems with it but we never have had.
The Fisher Price Rainforest Mobile is lovely, predominantly in green, it is attached to the side of the cot with a plastic screw fitting and has the setting buttons in primary colours on the front of the unit. There are two blue switches to the side controlling whether you want mobile movement and light with sound or just light and sound and one for the volume, high or low. The front of the mobile base unit also has a round light which glows gently in the dark.
A large 'swan neck' green metal pole holds the main mobile which comprises of three tropical leaves (made out of a soft material) and four mini cuddly rainforest animals from the Fisher Price range - the monkey, a parrot, lizard and butterfly all in bright colours. Rather than go around in a circle like most mobiles the leaves go up and down in between the animals who slowly go around, which is really well timed and very hypnotic to watch!
The four buttons on the main unit turn the unit on and off, and give three options for sound - rainforest sounds (tweeting crickets, rain and birds, very calming), Bach, or Mozart. All three are lovely and very calming, soft sounds.
When my daughter arrived she used to like to lay in her cot for afternoon naps and watch the mobile, as she slept in a moses next to us at night. When she progressed to her cotbed the mobile helped her with the transition especially as the little characters on it are the same ones as on many of her other rainforest themed toys.
One fantastic thing about the Fisher Price Rainforest Mobile is that it comes with a remote control - a green unit with one large blue button and a plastic handle so if baby cries you can remotely turn the mobile on (it stays on for five minutes, you can adjust it on the unit to be ten) without entering the room. It means that baby is soothed but as any parent knows as soon as they see you they want out of the cot! You can also remotely turn it off if they've fallen asleep early in the cycle.
Now my daughter is 19 months old and just moving into the bed part of the cot bed stage the mobile has come down and been put away for baby no2 if and when he or she arrives! The batteries which had just run out were removed so they don't leak and the parts put in the loft, a sad day as we all loved the mobile very much! We feel we had great use out of it and it's feature packed, and even at full price I feel it's worth the money as it offers so much more than a wind up type mobile.
Overall I can't recommend the Fisher Price Rainforest Mobile enough, it's fantastic, and my daughter loved it. A very very well deserved five stars out of five.
I was very happy with this purchase, the fisher price rainforest mobile is bright and colourful and interesting to baby. My son loved the animals spinning, dangling from the mobile and as he got a bit older he recognised them from the other rainforest products that we bought. The leaves also move up and down.
The mobile has 4 buttons for sound, three play classical music and one plays soothing rainforest sounds. There is a volume switch and another switch where you can decided which features from the mobile movement, music and nightlight you would like activated.
You are advised to remove the mobile part once baby can sit up, but I expect that would be the wise thing to do with all mobiles. It's very easy to remove the moving part and you can continue to use the base as a music box and nightlight, which we did.
Another great benefit to this mobile is that it comes with a remote, if the mobile stops and baby is still awake you can pop your hand round the door and restart it without disturbing baby!
The only negative I can say is that the mechanics are slightly noisy but that wasn't really a problem.
I purchased this mobile after being so impressed by the Rainforest playmat jungle (see my other review). I got this from Argos list price was £38 however, as I signed up to Bounty.com I received loads of money off vouchers to use in Argos, so I only paid £33.
It was very easy to assemble and seems a very sturdy design. It also appears that it will fit on most cot beds.
It has very bold colours which attracts the attention of my little girl. The mobile toys go round and the leaves go up and down, which are very hipnotic. It plays either jungle noises, Bach, Motzart or Beethoven which goes on for about 20 mins (not sure exactly), which seems long enough to keep my daughters attention allowing her to drift of to sleep and not notice that she has been left on her own.
There is a night light on the inside which you have to option to have the mobile on its own, mobile and light, light on its own. There is also two volume levels.
You can only use the mobile attachment until the child is about 5 months old, then you can remove it and it turns into a light box. Therefore even though it is a bit costly the life of this is longer than just plain mobiles.
Another great feature is the remote control. After the time runs out, you can use the remote control from the door of the bedroom to restart the mobile and music without going up to the cot and disturbing your baby. This is brilliant as my little one is not keen on being left on her own, and likes to see her mummy when she goes to sleep (her cot is right next to our bed and she sleeps looking towards us). With the mobile it keeps her attention, but if I go anywhere near the cot she will cry out for me.
Bad points, the movement of the mobile is quite noisy (if you are sharing a room and like it silent - however I quite like it) and the quality of the music is average, probably as much as expected from a childs toy (I live with a musician and we both appreciate good music), put it this way, you wouldnt listen to it to hear your favourite Bach!
Comparing to a friends mobile who bought it to go with the decor in her nursery, it was not as expensive but it is silver and white, and wind up which only lasts a few minutes. It might have looked cute and went with the room, but it doesnt really do what a mobile is meant to do - help you child get to sleep without being reliant on the parent helping them to sleep.
I purchased this mobile in April of 2010 prior to the birth of my son and managed to get it on offer reduced to £25 from Argos (RRP £39.99). The mobile comes in quite alot of packaging and once I got it home it took about 30 min just to remove the bits from the packaging as alot of sellotape and wires are used but once released it only takes a couple of minutes to assemble - you will require a small phillips head screwdriver and batteries (2xAA for remote and 4xD cell) as neither are included.
Once assembled the mobile is easily attached to (& removed from) the side of the cot between the cot slats and the top rail and is held on by a large plastic screw which holds it firmly and even with my little guy banging it about it's still held well. The mobile has 4 lovely characters which are bright and not in the slightest bit intimidating when looking from below which has been something I've notice with other mobiles. The characters are a monkey (Marvin), a frog (Freddie), a parrot (Penelope) and a Firefly (Flora) the names were made up whilst I was recovering from my C-Section and I was on some heavy duty painkillers. The characters can (at the slide of a button) either stay stationary or rotate around with the selected music/rainforest music again with or without a nightlight. The music is actually quite relaxing and I personally like the sound of the rainforest sounds (Green leaf button) and find the whole effect relaxing and can quite easily send me to the land of nod. The other options are Bach (Yellow button), Mozart (Red button) Beethoven (Red) each button plays 2 pieces of the forementioned composers music on cycle for about 15 min although this varies depending on whether the mobile is rotating or the light is on/off.
My son is now 8 months old and still loves the music box part of this mobile and falls asleep to any of the music it plays - we always have a drawer full of spare batteries as it would be very difficult to sooth him without this as this has become a part of his nap time routine (The Fisher Price Seahorse is a good alternative for when you're out and about or staying elsewhere). As for the mobile part, I had to remove this when my son was 5 months old as he was able to grab the characters and pull them down which is quite dangerous but this is common with all mobiles and they all state that Mobiles should not be used after 5/6 months.
Conclusion: I still love the mobile although it is short-lived but the music box will remain a firm favourite for many years to come.
My daughter was 1 month old at Christmas and relatives were asking what they should buy for her, with her being so young we asked for a cot mobile.
On opening the present I thought that it looked good quality on the box and the bright colours would keep my little girl amused.
The mobile was easy to set up but we did have to go out and buy new batteries as it takes 2x AA and 3x D (not your usual household batteries).
The mobile is made up of leaves and colourful rainforest animals that rotate and the leaves move up and down as the music plays, you can have four different settings for the music- Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and rainforest sounds. The rainforest sounds are relaxing, you can hear the sound of water and frogs croaking I often choose this as the other sounds can be annoying after a while.
This mobile also lights up, you can adjust the settings so that it is on or off whilst the music plays. My baby finds it soothing to have the light on while the music plays.
It also comes with a remote for those times where you want the music to continue playing but do not want to disturb your baby. The remote can be temperamental at times and I have also found that the television remote interferes with the mobile, for instance I was turning the volume down on my tv and kept thinking that the mobile was not playing the music for very long, then I noticed the mobile was turning on and off as I pressed the volume button. Both remote's must work on the same frequency.
Other than that I am pleased with this product, it was bought for my daughter as a gift but I have seen it on the internet and it is available in Argos for £35.73, which I would say is a reasonable price for it.
Fisher Price Rainforest Mobile
**WHAT IS IT**
This is a mobile for your baby that you can attach to the cot or mobile. It will entertain your child as the soft plush toys will move around once you have activated it.
Soothing classical music can be played to help your child drift off to sleep. If you wish you can turn on a night light.
As your child grows you can remove the mobile part and just have the music box part of it playing with the night light.
This mobile is very cute to look at, the body of it is mostly green with four soft plush animals hanging from it.
The music box part of it has the night light and it will give off a dim light when switched on. It is such a dim light your child will get the comfort of having light yet still be able to sleep. There is a circular picture and this is lit up when the light is turned on. The picture is off a brightly coloured animals. A butterfly, a frog, a parrot, a cat and a bug looking thing that what looks like a jungle at night time.
The fisher price logo is on this box at the top in red. At the right hand side there are three buttons. One is green and when you press it rainforest sounds will play and I have to say that this is very soothing to listen to. Then there is a yellow button which will play two different Bach songs on a loop. A red button comes next and it will play two Beethoven songs on a loop. The last button is blue and it will play Mozart songs and again there are two on a loop. Beside each button it will tell you who's music is going to be playing.
On the right hand side there is a blue button that can be moved across. This button is so you can chose whether to have just the night light on, whether you want just the mobile moving or whether you want to have both of them at the same time.
The left hand side has another sliding button and you can choose between two different sound levels or you can have the music off. If you turn this on while having the mobile on the moving function it will turn it on.
At the top there is a green bubble and this is so you can point the remote to turn it off. It is the sensor that means you can do this from a distance.
In the middle of the top the actual mobile is attached and it is a tube with leaves attached to the top. These leaves rotate once turned on. The animals are attached to this and this leaves them moving around in circles for the baby to watch.
There are four plush animals in total to look at. In the middle there is one that looks like a firefly which is brightly coloured yellow and purple with orange antennas. There is a monkey that has a curly pink and orange tail He has cute wee feet and it looks like he is jumping off a tree. There is what I think looks like a frog and it is green and blue with spots. He has cute bug eyes and also looks like he is jumping. The last toy is a parrot and he is mostly red with a yellow beak. His tail is multicoloured and flowing looking.
While the mobile is activated to move these toys which are attached to green plastic leaves move around in circles. Above them there are material leaves that move up and down and these hide the toys slightly. I suppose you could say that the baby can then play peak a boo as the toys move around as they hide them when they are moving in and out.
This mobile cost me £35.00 from Tesco's and I think it has been great value for money. Every night when I set my daughter into her crib she squeals with delight at seeing this mobile. When I have played it to her for about 10 minutes she then gets tired and goes to sleep. In the morning time when she wakes up I have often found her babbling and talking away to the toys very content even when it is not moving.
The music is slow and soothing to listen to and it won't get on your nerves as some can do. As there are different types you can learn your child as they get older what the different tunes are as the names of the composers are written beside the button. Also each button is a different colour so you can teach your child the different colours.
As your child grows you can take the mobile part off and just have the music and night light attached to the cot. You really need to take this off when your child is able to grab it as it means they could then break it and hurt themselves.
The plush toys are really cute and three of them can be removed from the mobile if you wanted for your child to play with. They are very brightly coloured and my daughter talks away to them and there are few toys that she will do this with.
The sound level is not too loud however I hardly ever have it on the highest setting as the first setting really is enough. Quite often my daughter doesn't even need to hear the music or have the mobile moving in fact sometimes she would prefer it stationary so she can concentrate better on the plush toys.
A remote control is included when you buy this mobile and it means you can turn it off from the door so you don't have to go into the room to disturb your child. As my daughter still sleeps in my room I don't usually use this option but once she goes into her own room it should be handy. It is easy to aim it at the mobile to get it to turn off.
This mobile does require batteries but they are easily inserted with the help of a screwdriver and are safe. The mobile isn't sore on the batteries either as I have been using it now for 3 months steady and I still don't need to replace the batteries.
The only thing that this mobile could have had to make it better would have been to have a light show on it too. I have seen other mobiles with this on them however they are more expensive and I decided to buy a cheap light show called Tomy Starlight Dreamshow (see review if interested) instead.
Overall I feel that this was a great purchase as my daughter really loves this mobile and it contents her looking at it. Not only is it really cute to look at it also entertains my daughter so I feel it does its job well.
The rainforest mobile is one that belongs to my niece and it was a present from a relative of hers. The rainforest mobile comes well packaged and there is some self assembly required before you can attach this to your babies cot.
This mobile is quite easy to assemble with the informative and easy to read instructions. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to ensure that you build everything correctly and some attention is required as there are pieces that can be put on the wrong way round (such as the large rainforest leaves) and this will ruin the effect of the mobile.
This mobile has lots of moving sections such as the toys which will rotate around and the rainforest leaves which go up and down. The movement is fairly fluid and the leaves have sensors on them to ensure that they don't come down on the toys and cause damage to the mobile.
The music that can be played is Beethoven, Bach or Mozart or you can select a rainforest noise feature which has lots of soothing noises for your baby to fall asleep to.
Once baby is bigger the top can be removed from this mobile to leave a nice music box which your baby can enjoy in their cot or even when they have moved in to a big child's bed.
This is a fantastic mobile which has lots of lights and sounds to keep baby amused until they fall to sleep. The classical music is a nice touch as it's something nice and soothing for baby as well as giving them something intelligent to fall to sleep too. Also, the rainforest noises are very soft, gentle and relaxing and I have found myself amused by how easy it would be to fall asleep to these sounds.
The lights are not too bright and the noise from the toys turning is a nice fluid one as there is no jerky movements. I particularly like the sensors on the toys as this means that they don't bang in to each other and causes any loud noises that might disturb a baby that is just drifting off to sleep.
You can get around 20 minutes of continuous movement from just one press of the button. You can also choose what modes to have this on whether you can lights, music, toy movement or a combination then there are a few different settings. I usually just press the switch to whatever one controls them all leave it playing.
I really like the Rainforest mobile as it has lots going on and while the price tag is a little high at £34.99 it has a good longevity to it and is something that is going to last and last throughout your babies early years and their transition in to a toddler. If you have a small child who likes some noise or light when they go to bed then this is ideal as it can be adapted in to a music box.
There is also a remote for this mobile so that you can control the mobile and the light box without having to lean in to babies cot and risk disturbing them. I think that this is a fantastic feature and I know it was one of the main things that was noticed when the mobile was first being built.
The unit and batteries require 3 X D batteries and 2 X AA batteries which are not included and will add a couple of pounds to the purchase. This does not drain batteries though and you may find that you only need one or two pairs throughout the life of this product.
This brings back great memories of when my daughter was very young. I got this from a relative as a gift when she was born. I have seen it for forty euro in Smyths though. It is made by fisher price and will last you a long time.
It has a rainforest jungle theme and is mainly green in colour. The mobile consists of rotating monkeys, birds and dragonflies in vibrant colours. There are also green leaves the fold in and out as the animals twirl around above the child. There is also a light on the base which when lit emits a perfect night light that shows the jungle theme of monkeys and trees.
There are three settings on the base. All three settings cause the mobile to spin but the first setting plays music too, the second just shines the light without the music and the third does both, plays music and shines the light. The music is really soothing for babies and also fits in with the jungle theme. There are several songs that it plays. You can often hear monkies and other wild species calling out in between. The songs can be changed by five big colourful buttons beside the light. When my daughter was old enough she could press these and find a song she liked!
I loved this mobile as it is so vibrant and imaginative. It's not plain like a lot of other mobiles I have seen. It can be suitable for either a girl or a boy so it's versatile. It screws in place between the bars of the cot and is very stable.
It is suggested in the manual that it should be used until 6 months or until the child can sit up in case they pull it down on themselves. I had it by the cot a lot longer because I couldn't see her being able to hurt herself with it.
The only complaint I would have is that it was awkward when taking the child in and out of the cot when she was older but you get used to it!
When our nephew was born we purchased him a couple of things from the Fisher Price Rainforest range. One of them was this mobile which cost us £39.99 from Amazon.
Whilst my sister-in-law was in hospital giving birth, my husband, myself and mother-in-law went about getting everything ready for her and the baby when they came home. I was on cot duty so I got to put the cot mobile on which I was a little bit excited about as I couldn't wait to see it in all its glory (as well as making sure it was worth £40!).
When I got the cot mobile out of the box I was pleasantly surprised by all the little bits and pieces that came with it as well as the detail. The first thing which caught my eye were the animals it came with. The animals are all animals which you would find in the rainforest and are a spider, a monkey, a dragonfly and a parrot. The animals are all very soft and feel lovely to touch. They are squidgy as well as being very bright and colourful for little eyes. I was also pleased to notice that you can remove them from the cot mobile itself for your baby to use as cuddly toys if one particularly strikes them and they want it to sleep with. When in use as part of the cot mobile, they hang from a giant palm tree type leaf which is made of solid green plastic. It is really nice as it gives the feel that your baby is being sheltered under a tree in a rainforest.
When the mobile is switched on, the animals will slowly rotate around so that your baby will be able to see each one. I wa surprised to see a little bit of light coming from the base of the cot mobile which I am supposing works as a bit of a night light. Depending on your baby this will either be an annoying feature or a great one!
Whilst the cot mobile is turning, you can choose to let it play one of the classical music tunes it plays (I cannot remember how many it has). You can choose one of three different modes which are for deciding how long the cot mobile will play for. The three modes are: music, light and movement which lasts for ten minutes, music and motion which omits the use of the light for twelve minutes, and music and lights with no movement which will last for eighteen minutes.
The one thing my sister in law really likes about the cot mobile is that it has a detachable remote control which you can use so that you don't actually have to go directly into the room and risk waking your baby up. You can turn the cot mobile off with the remote control. My nephew is one of those babies who wakes at the slightest noise so this was definately good for my sister-in-law.
Overall I was really pleased with this item and thought it was a great present. It is well made and sturdy in the right places. It looks of good quality and works well. My sister-in-law has told us that it is a lifesaver for getting my nephew to sleep at night and it has never failed for her.
The mobile does run off of batteries which my sister in law says can be a pain especially seeing how much our nephew loves it. It takes 3 "D" batteries (it would be the massive ones!) and 2 "AA" batteries for the remote. It can become a little costly. The fact that it runs on batteries is a downside as my sister-in-law uses this with my nephew everyday and so the batteries run out quickly and cheap ones do not even get it working so they have to be Duracell or something like that. I think for the amount it costs it should come as a rechargable device.
As soon as I set eyes on this beautiful mobile I had to have it. I am very interesting in wildlife, and find jungle creatures particularly fascinating. I am hoping that my niece will share my passion when she is older, and by installing this mobile in her nursery I felt it would act as a nice introduction.
The mobile is produced by Fisher Price, and depicts a variety of jungle creatures including a macaw, a dragonfly and a monkey. The animals are squishy and fashioned from soft fabric. They are also brightly coloured to inspire little minds, without being gaudy. They can be removed from the central spinner to be used as cuddly toys, but due to some delicate components that may rip off if pulled, children should probably be supervised when playing with them. The characters are suspended from a central structure that is made to resemble a palm tree. The mobile measures 66cm in length, 51cm in height and 64cm in width.
The mobile runs off batteries, and when it is switched on the characters will rotate slowly on the spinner, and a gentle glow is emitted from the device. At the same time, you can choose to play a selection of classical compositions to soothe the baby into slumber. You can choose between three modes, and select operation via the control pad attached to the spinner. The modes include music, light and movement for ten minutes, music and motion (but no light) for twelve minutes, and music and lights (no motion) for eighteen minutes. This selection is fantastic, as not all children will enjoy all aspects of the mobile, so play to their preferences you can select the most appropriate mode. Another useful feature is the remote, which is a large plastic pad that can activate the mobile from a distance, so as not to disturb the baby. The remote control will work from quite a distance, and you do not have to achieve a perfect alignment with the sensor in order for it to work.
The mobile costs around £40, which may seem a little expensive, but is well worth the price. Having had the mobile installed in the nursery for around four months now love watching it myself, and would happily have paid more than £40 considering the gorgeous look and interactive nature of the product. You have many options, so can select the most appropriate mode for your baby, and there is even a choice of two volumes, so you can decrease the sound as the baby drops off to sleep. Children are fascinated by this product, and the versatility of it means it will continue to inspire the little one for much longer than many other mobiles. Highly recommended.
This is the last of the 'Rainforest Range' items that we own to review. As with everything else from the range and most stuff from fisher price it is really good quality. At first Lewis' crib was in our room and we used one of the 'Tomy' Winnie The Pooh light projector mobiles, whilst Lewis did like it he was happier with something physical to look at. The rainforest mobile was a gift at Christmas and he started using it as soon as we got home as he moved into his own room in the cot to sleep.
The actual mobile takes 3 'D' batteries (aaargh!) and the remote takes 2 'AA' batteries, we have not used the remote but have some friends with a similar product who have found the remote to be indispensable. There is a minor amount of assembly required but it is very easy and easy to attach to any cot that we have tried it on. It may be a little difficult to attach to a travel cot.
The mobile plays a choice of classical music, either Bach, Beethoven or Mozart and has the option of playing rainforest sounds. As I have said before Lewis is not especially keen on the sounds of the rainforest, his favourite composer seems to be Bach (what that says about him I have no idea). There are options to choose between having lights, movement or both, the music will play with each of these settings and runs for quarter of an hour.
When the mobile is moving the leaves move up and down to reveal a dragonfly, as Lewis has so much from the rainforest range he is very comfortable with all of the animals and I feel most if not all babies would like this. The Lights on the mobile are very soft, about as dim as a night-light. Lewis has the mobile on every night at bedtime, I don't know how much good it does but as he sleeps so well would not be willing to experiment with not putting it on.
Looking at Amazon this would set you back between £25-40 and I would be happy to give it five stars at any point in this price range. As always I recommend shopping around, if possible wait until the sales are on.
I ahve one of these cot mobiles for my 9 month old son he has had it from birth and loves it not only is it from a well manufactured company fisher price but it has everything you need to keep your baby calm it plays loads of different sounds and songs aswell as lighting up the perfect soothing toy for your babys nursery the feature i like best about this product is that it has a remote control which can be used from the next room so if your in bed and hear your baby cry not only does it mean you dont have to get out of bed but you wont be going in the room disturbing your baby either, it's bright and colourful and has plenty of rainforest animals to keep your baby amused it is very reasonably priced i have seen this item go for around £15 on ebay or £29 brand new from amazon or other stores.
I bought the fisher price rainforest mobile for my 13 week old baby and I think it is excellent. It quite expensive for a mobile, costing around £40 but I think its well worth it. The mobile has a brightly coloured frog, parrot and monkey hanging from it, with a dragonfly in the middle and leaves all around it some move when the mobile is on and some dont. The base of the mobile has a fun picture of all the rainforest animals which lights up. The mobile has various settings, you can have the mobile turning with or without the music or just the base lit up without the mobile moving. You can also detatch the mobile and just have the base as a night light. There is 4 sound setting which are mozart, bach and beethoven or you can just have the sounds of the rainforest which my baby likes the best as its very soothing. There is also a volume setting and it comes with its own remote control which is very handy. I love this product and so does my baby. I hope this was a useful review!
I bought this for my 3rd child - much to the horror of my partner who could not believe I was paying so much for a cot mobile! Mind you he was also horrified at the £20 i paid for my other son's mobile and £15 I paid for my daughters! So I suppose the question is was £35 worth months of marriage guidance?! (was £35 in tesco in 2008 when my child was born)
If i'm being totally honest then £35 is a tad steep. BUT it looks so cute and if like me you have to have everything matching then this fits the bill. I had the swing, playmat, highchair seat etc all in rainforest design. It has lots of choices of classical music, lights and as the icing on the cake the leaves open and close over the animals - sooo cute! You can choose whether to have just music, just lights, just leaves or a mixture of all. It can also be operated remotely - well at least from the bedroom door which any parent will know is a plus as fingers crossed baby won't see you switching it on again for hopefully 10 more minutes peace!
It is operated by button (if not using the remote control) which I think is better that some other models where you have to wind them up - i'm sure I'm not the only mother who frustrated at being woken for the 50th time during the night has wound one of these too far and its broken!
It can be used as a music/light box once child gets to sitting age and you need to remove the mobile. I should also point out that it is a little larger and heavier than other mobiles I have used.
It was also really easy on the batteries. It does take a lot (sorry I can't remember off the top of my head) but in 9 months of use I only changes them once. To be quite truthful I switched the closing leaves motion off at night time as this seemed to use most batteries!
This won't help your baby to get to sleep anymore than a cheaper model will - either your baby will be lulled by music or it will scream regardless of how much you've spent.
So if money is no object then go ahead and buy it. If you're on a budget then don't - dearer cost does not equal sleeping baby and at the end of the day that is the point of these things. As always remember to check ebay, local papers for 2nd hand models if you're desperate to have it. Just remember to check all functions work properly as I have heard of the leaves failing to work after time.
I have found this mobile to be an amazing product. 5 years ago my daughter had a wind up mobile which I used to sooth her to sleep in her cot, however everytime the music stopped playing I had to go into the room and wind it up which made a noise. In this way the rainforest mobile is completely different, all I need to do is press a button and it will play for 15 mins on its own, it can even be put on and switched off by using the one button remote control which comes with it.
When turned on, the leaves on the mobile lift up and down and the little bugs turn around and around in a nice slow soothing way, there is also a choice of 3 different melodies, or rainforest sounds. I use the rainforest sounds the most, I find it very soothing for my baby and he usualy drops off to sleep with this sound on.
There is also a light show which is attatched to the bottom of the mobile with a little bright coloured rainforest scene, therefore although this mobile was more expensive than your traditional wind up mobile, I havent had to buy a seperatenight light or light projector.