There is nothing more important than your child’s safety, and if you are driving and hear your baby in distress it would be very dangerous to start turning around to see what the problem is. This is why you need the best baby car mirror so you can simply glance up in your rear-view mirror and quickly see your child.
Kids under the age of 15 months are required by law to be in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat of your car ( learn more about this here in a special article). This makes it virtually impossible to see your child without physically pulling over and stopping the car. Obviously, this is not something you want to be doing multiple times on your car journey if your baby gets tetchy easily, and quite often it’s not possible to pull over safely anyway.
This is where the baby car mirror comes in to its own:
There are many different rear-facing baby car mirrors on the market, with varying sizes and quality. Here at Kid Transit, we decided to offer what we think is the best baby car mirror on the market in 2018. As you would expect being a UK registered company, our car mirror is really easy to buy and we offer great customer service. However, ours isn’t the only option out there so we take a look at another mirror offering a different option.
Large baby car mirrors
Kid Transit baby car mirror
The Kid Transit baby car mirror is a large mirror designed to give you clear and wide view of your child as you drive. The reflective mirror is made from a polished reflective acrylic that makes it 100% shatter-proof, a very important consideration when children are near it. Also, the acrylic makes it much lighter compared to using glass.
The mirror is also convex, meaning it is slightly curved out (i.e. not perfectly flat). There are three main reasons for this: One is that it increases the viewing angle, two is that it creates a clearer reflection since it ‘irons out’ any bumps in the acrylic, and three is that it adds extra strength to the mirror. While the acrylic gives a good clear reflection there may be some slight distortion when compared to a perfectly flat glass mirror, particularly near the edges. However, you can still see your child very clearly so no need to worry about that.
How does the Kid Transit mirror attach to the seat?
There are two sturdy quick-release straps. These straps can wrap around the headrest of your rear seat in different configurations (as shown in the image above), meaning you can fit this mirror to just about every car type that has a rear car seat head rest. The dual-strap system provides a very secure attachment that will remain stable when driving and the mirror will not slip, move, bounce or judder when driving.
The attachment plate that pushes up against your head rest has a foam padding to ensure no damage is caused to the upholstery, and the main ABS plastic frame is light-weight and made with a soft feel material.
Once in position, the Kid Transit baby mirror can be angled to get the perfect view of your baby.
Small baby car mirrors
Diono Easy View Mirror:
The Diono Easy View Mirror is a smaller baby car mirror and is better suited to those who do not want a large mirror in the back of their car. The mirror measures 7″ in diameter and is a circular design, compared to the rectangular design of the Kid Transit mirror.
The mirror tilts and rotates so you can position it perfectly for viewing you child and comes with a foam back to help protect your upholstery.
One potential issue with the Diono baby mirror is that it only has one strap that attaches it to the rear seat head-rest. While it is secure it may shift and move slightly as your car bumps along the roads.
Final thoughts on buying a baby car mirror
Your child’s safety is the most important thing in the world, especially as a new parent venturing out on the road for the first time. Give yourself the peace of mind of knowing that if your baby cries, you can see and reassure them without craning your head and losing focus on driving. Baby car mirrors are specially designed to help you see your baby while driving, so make sure you buy one and avoid a potentially dangerous situation.