“ Brand: The First Years / Type: Mobiles „
~~~ Background ~~~
Regular readers of my reviews will be aware that our daughter is now three years old, toilet trained and finally sleeping through the night on a regular basis, and that I am now in a better position reflect on which baby-related products I recommend as near necessities, those that would be "nice to have", and those that one could really do without.
This musical Winnie the Pooh mobile was one of two mobiles we received prior to Millie's birth. It lived at her change table from the time of her birth until two months ago, and was used multiple times on a daily basis. The Pooh Bear theme was not my chosen one but was selected by my husband, and indeed one he'd already conveyed to his and our friends without discussion.
~~~ The product and my thoughts ~~~
This product is a simple design that can be attached on the side of a cot or a wall. This mobile unit comprises of a canopy with four corners, each of which has one of the characters attached via a length of cord. The centre of the canopy is attached to a hook that is part of the plastic-coated musical wind-up mechanism. This part also rotates, causing the canopy to also rotate. All of this is kept in place via a white plastic "arm", which thankfully comes with a simple, muted striped sock-like cover.
This mobile is easy to use. The music is soft, typical nursery music that lasts for four to five minutes once wound up. The rotating mobile held our little screamer's attention whenever we were changing her nappies. We actually called these characters "the guys", and Millie loved babbling to the guys and learning each of their names. Interestingly, unlike a previous item I have reviewed, she seemed to make no concerted efforts to turn this music off.
We had no problems with this mobile in the first two years' use, but thereafter we seemed to have broken the wind-up mechanism. Millie didn't seem too concerned by this as by this time she was more interested in the soft toys and the characters themselves.
It was easy to wipe clean; I don't recall ever washing any parts of this item.
Yes. This item did what it said on the box and was very well used by one child. One star deducted for lack of longevity.
We bought the Winnie the Pooh Musical Mobile just before my son was born five years ago. At £15 (ish) it was quite expensive compared to some other mobiles, although Winnie the Pooh things always tend to be a little bit overpriced.
I am normally a bargain hunter, although this mobile was just too cute to resist!
It is quite a plain mobile when compared to others on the market; it is a simple design and is white in colour. It then has the four main 'Winnie' characters; Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, and Piglet, dangling from each corner of the mobile.
The characters are small soft toys that can be played with on their own when baby has outgrown the mobile. This is a nice touch as the mobile is not redundant after X amount of months, as most others are.
You attach the mobile to the cot/crib/Moses basket with the help of a small clamp at the end of the mobile.
It is like a tiny vice, you wind the small wheel out until you can fit it onto the side of the cot, you then wind the wheel back in a little to secure it.
As I'd splashed out and spent quite a lot of money on my son's cot (it was one of those tiny wooden rocking cots - soooooo cute!) I was a little worried about securing it too tightly; I secured it just enough to stay in place, without risking damage to the wood.
I put it on around three weeks before the birth so that I didn't have to worry about it being too loose and falling on poor Baby B's head!
Luckily, I got the tightness just right and it held tight while still leaving the cot in perfect condition.
As mentioned, the mobile is musical; it has a small wind up musical box above the arms of the mobile.
After winding it up you will hear a light tinkling song, very similar to the ones you hear in jewellery boxes. It plays the Winnie the Pooh theme, the song actually takes quite well to being played in this manner and is very soft and soothing.
If you wind it up fully, the song will last for quite a while, around five minutes; I find that this is great as it is the perfect amount of time to let a tired baby fall to sleep.
I do think that the music helps soothe the baby and really helps to send them off to sleep; my son loved it anyway, and it is so cute that I can't imagine any baby feeling differently.
My final thoughts on the Winnie the Pooh musical Mobile?
I love it, and so did my baby. It is super cute, is very soothing and lasts longer than most mobiles as the soft toys can be played with on their own later on... 5 stars!!!
I bought this Winnie the Pooh Cot Mobile for my youngest granddaughter some three years ago, I recall it cost around £14 at the time - and I also recall thinking this was somewhat expensive for such a basic looking cot mobile!
This is the type of mobile which is fitted to the side of the cot, not the ceiling hanging variety and it was extremely simple to fit when new. You simply open the plastic 'clamp', hold it on the side rail of the cot and twist the wheel until you get a tight and immovable seal. Hand tight is fine as the wheel is designed in such a way that your baby (who will be inside the cot) will not be able to grip it properly to undo the mechanism.
The characters hanging off the mobile are small soft toys which can be unhooked and played with, I thought this was a lovely touch as most cot mobiles feature non-removable characters which can end up being rather frustrating for small children. By necessity they are rather fiddly to remove as the hooks travel in two different directions, but remember that while this can cause an adult to cuss it is far more convenient than being easy enough for your toddler to remove the toys and throw them all out of the cot! Something my granddaughter learned with a less well made cot mobile, much to my daughters annoyance.
As you would expect all the main Winnie the Pooh characters are represented on this mobile; Pooh Bear, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore will all orbit your child as they gaze up - the one notable exception for me being the omission of Kanga and baby Roo. It's a shame there is no Kanga actually as I personally think the mobile would have looked very nice with her dangling in the centre section, albeit perhaps a little overcrowded.
The toys are all of lovely quality; although this was used primarily as a cot mobile for the first few months of my granddaughters babyhood, for the past two years or so she has used the toys as, well, toys. Despite being very small, miraculously none have been lost and they remain in immaculate condition. There are no care labels on any of the toys but I have machine washed them on a fairly low temperature and all survived. I wouldn't recommend washing too often though as they do tend to come out of the machine absolutely saturated and it was somewhat of a bind to dry them, while still encouraging them to keep their shape.
This cot mobile also features a musical aspect, it's a very simple wind up affair and by winding fully you will attain 5 - 7 minutes of music. I'm not sure how many of you will remember it, but the music this mobile produces is the traditional Winnie the Pooh theme. I believe the tune this mobile plays is far more likely to encourage your baby into slumber than the high octane, bounce inducing music of the current Pooh Bear incarnation.
On the whole I think this is a fabulous cot mobile, and one which has grown with my granddaughter over the years. The flexible wheel has enabled me to fit it to a nearby shelf now she is in a toddler bed and it remains a much loved plaything. I was toying with the idea of weaning my granddaughter off this mobile so as to use it for my daughter's new baby which is due in January - however, Hollie loves it so much it would be a cruel thing to do so it looks like I shall once again be trawling the shops for the perfect cot mobile sometime in early 2011.
My one and only criticism of the Pooh Musical Cot Mobile is that the teeth on the affixing wheel are rather sharp, this unfortunately marked the wooden rail of the cot and almost pierced through the plastic teething cover which I bought for the cot sometime later. In hindsight, this could have been avoided by padding the wheel with a piece of cloth - although I don't like 'poking out' edges so would have found this even more irritating than the eventual marks which were left on the cot itself.
I bought the First Years Pooh mobile when expecting my 1st child. We didn't know what sex we were having, so a Winnie the Pooh themed room seemed a good choice as it was neutral.
This mobile comes packaged in a cardboard box, with a plastic window so you can see the product inside.
The mobile is primarily made of a sturdy white plastic. The arm of the mobile attaches to the side of your baby's cot with a large plastic wheel, which forms a vice effect over the side of the crib when you tighten it up.
Over time, the wheel did cause some damage to the finish on the side of our cot, chipping and wearing away at the varnish, but it was nothing we couldn't live with.
The top of the mobile ends up being about 2 foot over the crib. There is a small hook where you attach the musical part of the mobile, which is a circular thick piece of plastic with a picture of Pooh bear on it. There is a small wind up dial on the back of this piece, which you turn several times to start the music off. The mobile plays the traditional Winne the Pooh song and sounds like an old fashioned music box. It's a very sweet noise and all my babies have seemed to enjoy it.
When the music is fully wound up, it will play for about 4 minutes, with the tune gradually slowing down until it eventually stops by itself.
Underneath the piece that contains the music box is a plastic cross, which has a 100 Acre wood character hanging from each branch - Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet.
Each of the characters is a plush toy and approx 5 inches tall. They are eached attached to the mobile by little strings and can be removed and used as separate toys when your baby has finished with the mobile.
The 1st one of these mobiles that we bought lasted throughout my 1st child's babyhood and 3 months into my 2nd child's before the music box broke.
We replaced it with an identical one and that lasted for the remainder of the time my 2nd child needed it, until my 3rd child was 6 months old. Then the same thing happened, the music box packed up.
We paid around £20 for this mobile, which is not cheap. I would have liked them to be a bit longer lasting, but you still have the cuddly toys left at the end, so in some respects you are getting quite a lot for your money.
Pooh and friends soothe baby Winnie the Pooh and his friends rotate gently. All the characters convert to hand-held toys. Suitable from birth.