Have you ever wondered why babies and toddlers love mirrors so much? Babies love to look at human faces, whether it’s their own or someone else’s. They are mesmerized by human faces which explains why he is fascinated by the reflection of their own face in the mirror.
Babies can learn a lot with the help of a mirror, which is why you should let your child play with a mirror. Mirror play is a fun and fascinating way to engage babies and toddlers as it helps them to nurture self-awareness development. Playing with mirrors also gives parents the opportunity to talk with their baby, laugh, and enjoy some time together, which deepens the bond with each other.
Offering a mirror during playtime with your baby boosts her development in so many ways, from visual and language skills to gross motor movement. Throughout childhood, it will support visual activity, movement, cognitive development, develop social skills, foster their curiosity and independence.
Mirrors spark curiosity and motivate little ones to learn and practice skills. All that reaching, patting, and pointing also strengthens your baby’s hand-eye coordination. Mirrors can encourage babies to roll, sit up, crawl and stand simply because they want to get closer to the reflection. That’s encourage gross motor movement. Mirrors also tend to catch and hold your baby’s gaze. The longer she focuses on something, the more her attention span grows.
During tummy time, a mirror can motivate your baby to lift her head, keep it up, and look around. For babies who cry in protest every time they’re placed belly-down, propping a safe mirror in front of her may catch and hold her interest for tear-free tummy time.
Mirrors support visual tracking as your baby watches the reflections of moving things. It could be her own body movements, the family pet walking through the room, or you sit beside her playing mirror games. Mirrors also help to develop fine motor skills. Mirrors inspire babies to reach, pat, and point. When they’re able to grasp objects, playing with a hand-held mirror supports hand and finger fine-motor skills as they hold and move the mirror to capture different views of their surroundings.
Mirrors are a creative way to use imitation to teach vocabulary, gestures, and emotional concepts. Say the different parts of the face as you point to them on your face and baby’s. If you are in front of a bathroom mirror with baby, that is a great place to respond to baby’s babbling and make noises with baby. The extra echo makes it even more fun! Mirrors also can be used to practice visual tracking. Make silly faces in front of the mirror and see if your baby imitates you or make a different face back. Get siblings involved too for fun while promoting social development bonding time!
Mirror play is also a way to nurture your child’s developing self-awareness, which is a key part of their overall social-emotional development. Try holding baby in front of the mirror. They may even reach out to touch the “other baby” in the mirror. Around age 20 months it will dawn on your little one that the child looking back at her in the mirror is actually herself. To test this out, try the trick researchers use: Dab something on her face (like child-safe paint) and see how she reacts. If she touches the mirror, she thinks her reflection is another baby; if she touches her own face, she realizes the reflection is her own.
Mirrors are a great way to help babies explore. It is recommended to hang a mirror in the child’s play space. Mirrors are fun because the light, shadows, and movement reflected are captivating when you’re infinitely curious about the world. They are beautiful and simple addition to your little one’s room, no matter what their age. It serves different purposes at different stages of life and supports your child’s development in many ways. It is useful, classic, and always relevant. Before hanging a mirror to the child’s play area, make sure these are shatterproof, easy to clean, and safety mounted.