We all know rear-facing is best for babies in cars. It’s the safest option, and of course as parents that’s got to be our priority. Of course, we also know that it kinda stinks not being able to see your baby’s face, and that they’re just staring off into the back of the car.
I remember when C was a newborn; his little head would always slump forward when he was asleep in the car, and I was paranoid he couldn’t breathe well that way. We didn’t have a mirror, so I stuck my arm back to check on him all the time, which got old quickly (but there was no way I was going to stop checking, either).
The idea behind the Baby Einstein travel mirror is great in that it serves two purposes. It gives parents a way to see their babies’ reflection in the mirror, and it keeps the baby entertained and engaged.
I’ve read some that this mirror does take some adjusting to get it where the baby can see his reflection and you can see him. In my attempts for installation in our van, it installed easily on the head rest but I could see a need to use a towel or blanket to adjust the angle downward. Aside from vehicle use, the mirror can also be attached in a crib and is a great addition for that.
The mirror is well-constructed, and the mirror surface is not glass, so you don’t have to worry about safety in the instance of a car wreck. The bright colors and contrasting black & white border are sure to grab your baby’s attention and engage them.
The mirror teaches colors in English, French and Spanish. It has four modes to pick from, and having the versatility is really nice. You can have learning mode, music and lights, lights only, or music only. I could see having the lights only going in a crib, for instance, or at night in the car. The music that is played is all classical pieces, introducing your little one early on to some of the greats.
Another feature about this mirror I love is that you can set the play length on the mirror for either 10, 20, 30, or 60 minutes. You’re not stuck listening to it endlessly, and you don’t have to worry about it turning off suddenly before you’re really ready for it too.
Overall I think this is a great item for entertaining your infant. It retails for $29.99, which is a little pricier than other mirrors out there on the market. If you think of its possibilities as a toy for both your car and the crib, and all of the settings you can pick between, the value for the price makes more sense. However, the mirror may be more challenging to install in some vehicles, limiting its use to the crib. Either way, it’s an educational and fun item your baby will really have fun with!
Note: I received a mirror to facilitate this review. I was not compensated monetarily for this post. All opinions are honest and are my own.