Benefits of a baby car mirror
As a parent of a young kid, some time out with the child is one of the most precious. Because you rarely get this time. Our lives are getting busier by the day- a demanding job, educational advancement, a side hustle, fitness sessions, all with a goal to meet the bills and live a good life.
And so you find it priceless having some time with your kid. This does not always have to be at home and it often involves travelling in your car, be it to the clinic, to & from school, church, a day out for shopping or vacation.
As you well know, when carrying your baby in your car, you have to use a child car seat which varies depending on the age, weight or height of your kid. For an infant (0-2 years) you need a rear facing car seat, a toddler (2-4 years) need a forward facing car seat while older children (4-11 years) are carried in a booster seat. An alternative is to purchase a convertible car seat that is adjustable to suit all ages.
However, no matter the type of car seat you use, you are required by law to place your child in the back seat of your car as it safer compared with the front seat.
This creates a challenge of monitoring your child as you drive and anxiety keeps you turning to check on him.
Needless to say, this is a grievous distraction while on the road and the solution is to fix a baby car mirror.
You just need to strap the mirror to the backseat headrest, tilt it to face your baby until you get a good reflection of his image in the front mirror.
If your car backseat lacks a headrest, there are a number of baby mirrors for a car without a headrest, the best of which are attached to the windscreen or the sun visor.
To disapprove shallow arguments against the use of baby car mirrors here are the benefits of these mirrors.
Priceless benefits that you get from installing a baby car mirror
(i) It helps you avoid the anxiety regarding your baby's wellbeing
The question of whether your baby is hungry, tired, crying, bored, soiled, hurt, sick and so on is bound to make you constantly anxious, leading you to frequently turn and face back as you drive.
Accidents or incidents happen in split seconds and the time you turn to face back is enough for this. Worse still, however you find your child may momentarily disrupt your judgement.
With a baby car mirror reflecting to your front mirror, anxiety would effectively be replaced with reassuring glances into the front mirror, just like you glance into the rear view mirrors.
(ii) The mirror reflection can alert you in time to save your child
Just like with adults, there are so many hazardous situations that your little one can get into when travelling in a car. These include nausea or any other sickness, injury, choking, heatstroke and so on. Your baby may doze off in an awkward position or a blanket may cover his face thus impeding breathing.
The problem with infants and young children is that neither can their help themselves nor ask for help. Left unattended for long, such issues can turn nasty, or even lead to death.
The reflection of a baby car mirror into the front mirror would alert you to take action early enough.
(iii) The mirror reflection entertains your baby
Babies love to see movements and the moving images on the mirror will keep your kid glued to the screen. Your image in the mirror reassures him that you are still with him and thus he's likely to cry less throughout the journey.