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To use or not to use a baby car mirror?
According to experts, your baby needs to be in a rear facing car seat until he or she reaches 2 years or until he reaches the height and/or weight limit set by the baby car seat manufacturer. The weight limit is normally 35-40 lbs while the maximum height should leave at least 1 inch between the top of the car seat and the top of your baby’s head.
But the question to ask yourself is how do you monitor your little one facing backwards knowing well that he is in the most delicate stage of growth.
Anxiety-provoking situations when your baby is at the back seat are countless. He may get too hot, hungry, soiled, a blanket may cover his face impeding proper breathing, he may sleep with his head flopped sideways, and so on.
Baby car mirrors have been in the market for quite long now but there are ton of spoilers who argue against their use.
They claim that in case of a car crash, the mirror can become a deadly projectile that can hit your child or even another passenger, leading to injuries, cuts and bruises or even death.
Benefits of baby car mirrors over disadvantages
While I agree that the baby car mirror can become a projectile during an impact, I have two countercharges;
- Your car has countless other objects that can become projectiles should you have an accident. These include sippy cups, lunch boxes, toys, a camera and so on. Unlike the baby car mirror, most of these items are unfastened and some of them can break into fragments. What I recommend is that you find a crash tested, certified mirror approved for use with your car seat. If your backseat doesn’t have a headrest, get the best baby car mirror for a car with no headrest (read through this page https://motoringessentialsguide.com/10-best-baby-mirrors-car-no-headrest-ultimate-review-buyers-guide/) and you won’t have to worry about loose cannons or fragments. My all-time best is the Ideapro Universal Car Rear Seat View Mirror. It has a suction cup that will remain stuck to the rear windscreen under all weather conditions or else, you can use the sun visor clip.
- Since these mirrors can rotate through 360 degrees, you don’t need to install it directly facing your baby. It your baby is in the middle seat, you can install it on either end of the windscreen and rotate to face you baby. This minimizes chances of it flying directly into your baby in case of anything.