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Welcome to our big baby music box test 2021. Here we present all the baby music boxes that we have tested. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best baby music box for you and your baby.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to when you want to buy a baby music box.




Summary

  • A baby music box is a must-have of the first set and one of the few essentials that can already be used during pregnancy.
  • There are different types of music boxes. Wind-up music boxes in the form of a cute cuddly animal or battery-operated music mobiles.
  • Baby music boxes can also be personalised or completely customised according to your wishes. This way you have the possibility to design your own faithful companion through pregnancy and babyhood.

The Best Baby Music Box: Our Selection

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a baby music box

What is a baby music box?

A baby music box is an absolute must-have for every baby's first set. A baby music box makes beautiful melodies and is the perfect sleep aid for little sleepyheads. There are wind-up music boxes and battery-operated music boxes. Wind-up music boxes are usually cute cuddly animals.

Gentle lullabies support the sleep phase and help your little one on the way to the land of dreams. (Image source: unsplash.com / Felipe Salgado)

Battery-operated music boxes are available in the form of music mobiles that you can attach above the cot or cradle. The soft, constant melody of the baby music box creates a familiar atmosphere and can help your little one to fall asleep on his or her own.

Who is a baby music box suitable for?

A baby music box is suitable for every baby. With the help of a baby music box, you can already give your little darling auditory stimuli in the tummy.

Especially music boxes in the shape of cuddly toys often become long-lasting companions, provided that they are of good quality. Whether as a sleeping aid in babyhood or as a cuddly companion for toddlers, a cuddly toy music box accompanies your little treasure through its first years of life.

Music mobiles or music boxes with night lights are also extremely durable. Since they don't really come into contact with your child, they can easily be passed on to younger siblings or other children.

What are the most popular melodies for baby music boxes?

If you want to buy a music box for your baby, you have the choice between countless melodies and lullabies. To avoid making a wrong purchase, we recommend that you listen to the music box or the melody beforehand. We have put together a small selection of the most popular melodies for you here:

Classic lullabies

  • Good evening, good night
  • Do you know how many little stars there are?
  • The moon has risen
  • La Le Lu
  • Brahms Lullaby

English lullabies

  • Over the rainbow
  • River flows in you
  • It's a small World

More melodies with a calming effect

  • La vie en rose
  • Harry Potter Theme Song
  • Forrest Gump

If none of the melodies listed here appeals to you, you can buy an extra mechanism with MP3 function and play your favourite song or melody on it.

A nightlight is especially practical for babies, as parents often get up to check on their little one in the first few months. Night lights therefore provide orientation for both parents and babies. (Image source: unsplash,com / Bastien Jaillot)

How much does a baby music box cost?

There is a wide price range between the different baby music boxes. Depending on the model, manufacturer and additional functions of the baby music box, the cost varies. The range can go from about 13 to 76 euros.

Wind-up music boxes are generally the cheapest version of a baby music box, as long as you choose one that is already made. The price is between 15 and 30 Euros. Baby music boxes in the form of music mobiles start at a price of about 20 euros.

Type Price
Wind-up baby music box ca. 15-30 €
Separate musical mechanism ca. 10-15 €
Music mobile ca. 20-35 €
Music box with night light ca. 20-45 €
Music box as individual commission ca. 39-76 €

The most expensive version of a music box is definitely the commissioned unique piece. Here the price range is between €38 and €76. However, for this you will receive a baby music box made completely according to your ideas and wishes for your little darling.

What are the alternatives to a baby music box?

Music boxes with MP3 player

Another alternative to the classic music boxes are music boxes with MP3 players. The internal memory usually already contains songs. However, additional songs or melodies can be added at any time via a micro SD card or a USB connection.

If you have special song or melody wishes or would like to change the melody more often, the music box with MP3 player is a good choice for you. The only disadvantage of this version is that you have to have batteries or a charged rechargeable battery at hand all the time.

Wooden music boxes

Wooden music boxes are also an alternative to the classic music box. They play a melody and also have a decorative purpose. They are usually available in the form of jewellery boxes. However, due to the danger of suffocation from small parts and lack of robustness, wooden music boxes are only suitable from the age of about 4 years.

Music or fairy tale CDs

Music, fairy tale CDs or children's audio books are also an alternative to music boxes. The advantage here is that the child can decide for itself what it wants to hear. However, you should make sure that your child is not distracted from falling asleep.

Type Price
Music box with MP3 player from approx. 25 €
Music box made of wood from approx. 15 €
Music or fairy tale CD from approx. 4 €

This alternative is particularly suitable for children of primary school age, as at this age they are able to cognitively process the content they hear.

Decision: What types of baby music boxes are there and which is the right one for you?

If you want to buy a baby music box, there are three models to choose from:

  • Music box as cuddly toy
  • Music mobile
  • Music box with night light

What distinguishes a music box as a cuddly toy and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

A baby music box as a cuddly toy is a great sleeping aid for babies and toddlers. If your child is already older, it can wind the music box itself and train its motor skills in a playful way.

Advantages
  • Sustainable
  • Motoric toy
  • No follow-up costs
  • Practical for on the go
Disadvantages
  • No additional functions
  • Volume cannot be regulated

A wind-up music box does not incur any follow-up costs and is by far the most sustainable version of a music box. The only drawback is that the volume cannot be regulated. Therefore, you should make sure that there is a certain distance between the music box and your baby.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a music mobile?

A music mobile not only looks beautiful, but can also offer your baby visual stimulation during waking hours. With an on/off switch, you can decide for yourself how long your baby should listen to the melody.

Advantages
  • Long-lasting
  • Volume usually adjustable
  • Longer melody playing time
Disadvantages
  • Follow-up costs
  • Manual switching on and off necessary
  • Impractical for on the go

As a music mobile hardly comes into contact with your baby, it is extremely durable and can be used for several children in succession without hesitation. It is somewhat unsuitable for on the go, as you always have to have something to attach it to.

What are the features of a music box with night light and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

A music box with night light is also a music mobile. However, this mobile also has a night light or a star projector. So you get a 3-in-1 product and don't need an additional night light.

Advantages
  • 2-in-1 product
  • Volume mostly adjustable
  • Durable
Disadvantages
  • Risk of sensory overload
  • Impractical for on the go

The volume and playing time of this type of baby music box can also be switched on and off manually. Many models also have a practical remote control. If your baby is not too distracted by the sweet stars, it is a versatile and modern sleep aid.

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and rate baby music boxes

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate baby music boxes. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular baby music box is suitable for you or not.

The criteria you can use to compare baby music boxes include:

  • Material
  • Processing
  • Volume
  • Melody
  • Design

Material

Like all baby toys, the material of baby music boxes should be free of any harmful substances or softeners. Especially since babies put almost everything in their mouths after a certain age, it is an advantage if the upper material of the music box can be washed in the washing machine.

Baby music boxes soothe your little one even during pregnancy. Playing a gentle melody can become a wonderful ritual for you and your baby. (Image source: unsplash.com / Olliss)

When buying music mobiles or music boxes with night lights, make sure that the fabric play figures are also washable and that the plastic or plastic component does not emit any unpleasant odours.

Processing

The length of the string is especially important for a wind-up music box. If the cord is too long, it can wrap around your baby's neck and strangle him or her. Also check whether the fabric of the baby music box fluffs and whether all the small parts are well sewn.

If you choose a battery-operated music box, make sure that the battery compartment is well closed and that your baby cannot open it on its own.

Volume

Too loud sounds in childhood can lead to long-term hearing damage.

When choosing a baby music box, make sure that the music is not too loud. According to a standard, the volume of ear-proximal baby toys must not be higher than 60 decibels.

The optimal volume of a baby music box is about 40 decibels. For comparison: A music box with about 60 decibels is already somewhat louder than a normal conversation between adults. A music box that is too loud also causes a sensory overload and prevents your baby from falling asleep in a relaxed manner.

Melody

When choosing a suitable melody, you should make sure that the melodies are not too fast. This is the only way to achieve a calming effect.

In music, speed is measured in beats per minute (bpm). A calming effect has been proven to occur in songs with less than 72 beats per minute. This includes classical music in particular. You should keep this in mind when choosing your music box.

Design

Whether simple or colourful, you will find your favourite in the large selection.

Another decisive purchase criterion is the design. Thanks to the possibility of individual commissioned work, there are no limits here. But there is also an extremely large selection of designs, shapes and colours for ready-for-sale music boxes.

Wind-up baby music boxes are available in different sizes and in all imaginable variations of stuffed animals. You also have a wide choice of music mobiles and music boxes with night lights. Here, too, there are all kinds of designs.

Facts worth knowing about baby music boxes

How does a wind-up baby music box work?

You pull a string and a soothing lullaby sounds. But how does a wind-up music box actually work? By pulling the string, it stretches the spring inside the music box. This spring is then under tension and tries to contract again.

The force exerted by the spring activates and drives a roller with knobs. The knobs on the roller touch a comb one after the other, which has many teeth of different lengths.

So when the roller with the knobs moves, the teeth are pushed and the resulting vibration produces sound after sound. This sound is amplified by a hollow body and a soothing lullaby sounds for your little treasure (source: babys10.com).

How do I sew a baby music box myself?

If you want to crochet and sew a music box yourself, there are no limits to your imagination. You can choose the shape, the design and the melody. This way you can quickly and easily create a music box with your own melody according to your ideas.

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