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Lindam Adjustable Back Seat Mirror
Until I became a mother over five years ago, I had no idea just how many useful child-related products are available to make parents’ lives easier.
We received this mirror second hand prior to the birth of our daughter. I knew straight away that this would be useful, as I wanted to keep an eye on our newborn whilst I drove around. We used it until our daughter switched to forward facing sometime after her second birthday.
I can still, although barely, recall the days that young children were not compelled to travel in a car seat. Nowadays, the general recommendation is that children remain rear-facing for as long as possible and certainly ideally until their fourth birthday. I heard one country (possibly in Scandinavia) was considering extending this until the seventh birthday.
This means that a mirror like this one is a Godsend. This large mirror fits onto the backrest of the rear passenger seat, in a harness-like fashion. The mirror is in a type of frame, the backing of which is attached to a small unit that means that the mirror can pivot upwards or sideways, ensuring that the driver gets the best view possible of the child.
The mirror surface seems to be of quality. It is not made of the usual glass, but instead of some kind of reflective material which provides a good image. However, it does scratch more easily than I would like.
I particularly like the fact that this unit has a grown up appearance, rather than being styled in baby-friendly colors and/or patterns.
Finally, the mirror is easy to wipe clean.
It's recommended that babies are in a rear facing carseat for as long as possible, and definitely up until 9 months. Our little man is 10 months and up until last week was still in his rear facing seat meaning he was facing the back seat. Safety wise this is the best option but it means it's difficult to see him when driving. It wasn't only when he was a tiny newborn that I wanted to be able to see him, I also wanted to see him to ensure my three year old wasn't giving him things to chew on that he shouldn't have been! We therefore bought the Lindam Adjustable back seat mirror to help us keep an eye on our little monkeys.
You can buy these mirrors from all the typical places - Amazon, Argos, Kiddicare etc and it will set you back around £10 (although the full RRP is £15 I've never seen it for full price). It's pretty simple concept - it's simply a mirror that attaches to the back seat head rest meaning that when you look in your rear view mirror you can see your little one's reflection.
It's easy to set up, it literally takes under minute! It fastens to the head rest with two straps, one horizontal and one vertical allowing you to keep at the angle you want it. It is also padded at the back to prevent your seats from becoming stratched if you're one of these posh folk who have leather seats! We don't have that problem....
The mirror itself obviously isn't your typical mirror, you wouldn't want that falling on your baby! It's actually a flexible reflective surface which acts as a mirror. It gives a good clear reflection considering it's not a traditional mirror so no complaints there. The mirror is a good size and it fits the whole head rest. The large size means you can see the whole of the baby's carseat so you can see exactly what they are up to without squinting!
Not only can we see what our little one is doing but after he was a few months old he also realised he could see us too! This was great for keeping him happy and we've spent many a journey pulling faces at each other the mirror (in a safe and responsible way obviously!)
It is a little bit flimsy but to be fair it's fit for purpose. The only real negative if I'm nit picking is it's so easily adjusted that you can sometimes do it by accident. Getting the baby in and out of the carseat meant that I often knocked it without realising until I checked my rear view mirror and then I had to get back out and readjust it. A bit annoying but nothing really to worry about.
It could be quite distracting for some drivers having to keep looking in the mirror to check on their little one but there's really no other option. And it's certainly safer than having to turn around completely to check on them! As long as common sense prevails and it's used safely and sensibly I can't see a problem.
As the leading UK and European brand in child home safety, Lindam introduces a comprehensive range of Travel Safety Solutions. Combining safety and convenience, the range helps provide safety, comforts and convenience whilst on the go. The Adjustable Back Seat Mirror by Lindam is an extra large mirror which provides improved viewing of your child whilst driving. The mirror is suitable for rear facing car seats, pivots to view your baby at any angle and has adjustable straps for easy fitting. Features - Suitable for rear facing car seats - Mirror pivots to view baby at any angle - Extra large mirror for better viewing - Adjustable straps for easy fitting