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My little girl is almost a year old but in those early days when she was in a rear facing I found it difficult when she was in the back seat, and I couldn't see her. I couldn't see whether she was sleeping, or what she was doing, and I was worried when she coughed etc especially when I was on my own driving. So, not long after she was born I went looking on amazon to see if I could find some kind of mirror that would allow me to see her, and I noticed that Sunshine Kids was selling this 'See me' mirror for around £ and I thought it was worth it.
This mirror which is completely flat, can either be attached to the front windscreen to allow you to see children who are facing forward or you can attach it to the rear window so the reflection in the driver's mirror will allow you to see a rear facing child, which was what I wanted.
According to the information that came with the mirror, there is no need to moisten the suction pads in order to attach them, as they come with a grip lock mechanism to keep them in place. I found the mirror easy to attach and position, allow when you want to put it on the rear windscreen, it is obviously more useful to have another person to move it as you, the driver, check that you can see the reflection properly as you drive. A six way pivot is meant to allow for better angling, and it does help. This grip lock is also meant to withstand changes in temperature without it affecting suction.
For quite a few months this mirror worked really well and I could see my daughter perfectly as I drove. However, I don't quite now what made it start to occur, but the mirror started to loose grip and I would find it lying on the backseat window ledge. I would fix it again, before finding it lying down again a few days later. I started to lose patience and then I came across a round baby mirror that attached to the backseat head rest and therefore had no way of falling off, and I discarded my 'see me' mirror.
All in all, although this mirror worked brilliantly at the beginning it slowly started to lose grip and actually became a bit of a nuisance. I'm glad I didn't pay that much, but there are better options out there.
When we're out and about in the car and I am sitting in the front of the car I like to be able to see what my daughter is getting up to and have had since she was at an age where I felt she was old enough to sit in the back of the car on her own. By constantly turning around to check on her, I felt that I was babying her a little bit and making her feel like she had to be watched all the time. Seeing what she was up to was not my only reason for purchasing a Sunshine Kids See Me Adjustable Mirror though - she also suffers from travel sickness and always goes pale and quiet when she feels the pangs of travel sickness so I wanted to be able to see if the travel sickness was having an effect on her too.
I purchased the Sunshine Kids See Me Adjustable Mirror when I saw it in Boots for £3.99 and thought that it was the answer I had been looking for so I purchased it. It is basically a smaller version of a rear view mirror and it easily attaches to the top of the windscreen preferably just above your rear view mirror and it will stop you from having to turn around every five minutes.
The mirror measures 2.25 x 4.75 which is a nice size as it is big enough to see what is going on in the back of the car but small enough not to distract you when you are driving. It has a black plastic casing and is a proper mirror to look at - there is no image distortion.
It is very easy to attach to the windscreen. At the back of the mirror is a large power suction cup which does not need any thing to help moisten it to hold it in place. The mirror has a twist and lock mechanism so that you can get the mirror into the right position and lock it into place. You do not have to keep readjusting the mirror once it is in place which is really helpful and convenient.
I found that the suction cup was really good. I expected it to constantly fall down on but even in the hottest weather this has stayed stuck in position and has never moved an inch. I found that the mirror itself was clear and I could see my daughter clearly and easily in the back of the car though the mirror is not big enough to see the back of the car in its entirety.
I definately recommend picking up one of these mirrors as it has been a Godsend in the car and really saves on turning around every few minutes. It is good for peace of mind and it is cheap and really simple to install.
My daughter suffered from gastric reflux as a baby and I always worried that she would get into difficulty breathing as she had in the past. I was especially worried when she was in the car and I couldnt keep a close eye on her or hear her breathing at all so I resorted to buying this mirror online for just 3 pounds.
I found myself being really distracted when using my rear view mirror to watch her and I didnt feel at all comfortable doing this as I was driving. We live in the country so its vital that around those bending roads I can actually see behind the car. Anyway this mirror suited my needs.
Its a small mirror that has a suction cup for placing on the windscreen. It states that it creates an air tight lock on the window and I found this to be true. It never fell off when I was using it anyway. Even when it snowed on the windscreen it still stayed in place.
It gives me a good view of my daughter in the back seat but it wouldnt be good if you needed to watch more children because due to its size and zoom it only displays one kiddie at a time.
I would recommend this to anyone who is a bit worried of their young baby in the back seat. Also if dont want to keep resorting to using the rear view mirror which can be quite dangerous! It gave me great peace of mind keeping an eye on my daughter and even though it is a bit distracting I'd rather the reassurance of knowing she is ok.
When we were looking for a product that would allow us to see what our child was up to whilst strapped into their car seat in the rear of the car we came across the Sunshine Kids See Me Adjustable Mirror. It seemed like a great idea at the time.
We first saw it in Halfords for £6.99 but after having looked around we managed to get hold of one for just £3.99. We were rather pleased about the saving we made and if you are thinking about getting this, I would say you are best shopping around as there are savings to be had.
The idea of the See Me Adjustable Mirror is that it allows you to get a good view of the rear of the car, so that if you have children with you, you can keep an eye on them whilst out and about. You can angle the mirror to best advantage in theory, although we did have problems with this as our mirror was prone to pinging off.
In principle the idea is a good one, however we found that in practice it didn't work as well as we had hoped it would. When we bought our Sunshine Kids See Me Adjustable Mirror is was simply packed and the words 'See Me' with 'Adjustable Mirror' were very clearly displayed on a wide bright yellow panel on the box. The rest of the box has red highlights with a piccy of a driver on it. Anyone looking out for the product may perhaps find the description helpful.
The Sunshine Kids See Me Adjustable Mirror is able to be used either forwards or rear facing. Having tried out the mirror in both the front and rear screen positions with mixed results, I can say it can be sited in either place, but we found it has limitations.
When sited at the front of the car the mirror has to be placed on your front windscreen. The issues this caused for us were that we felt it got in the way of the view of the road that we had. This may have been in part due to the layout and sized of the windscreen and that of the mirror. We also found it caused a big distraction when using the normal rear view mirror to check out the traffic at the rear of the car, as the See Me mirror was right next to it.
When sited at the rear of the car, it was placed on the rear view screen which was in no way ideal either. The angle of that screen made it very difficult to get a good view of the rear facing child seat, without risking it toppling off due to the weight of it being angled oddly. We were also worried that the See Me mirror would interfere with the rear heated connecters which help to de mist the screen.
The product has a suction cup with a locking action, which we found didn't always stay on for long and could ping off at times when it could have caused us problems. The product being sized at 6cms high and 12cms wide was something we didn't want falling off onto our child, so in the end we felt it was best not to use it on the rear screen either.
Try as much as we might we couldn't get to grips with the product and we found that disappointing. It may be that the shape and angle of our cars windscreen and rear screen did not suite the product, or we may have had one with a dodgy suction cup. However even when it was stuck in place for short periods, it was somewhat of a distraction to us.
To sum up the Sunshine Kids See Me Adjustable Mirror, I feel that its something that may suit some cars and some car drivers, but it didn't suit us.
It can be angled in all sorts of directions and does have a locking suction cup, it can also show you near enough the whole of the back seat if you get the angles right.
However as it does fall off (well ours did) and is something that when placed within your eye line is always there and cannot be switched on and off when you need it, it is rather an unwanted distraction that can and does get in your way. With all that in mind, the product gets a very generous 3 stars, as it may help some drivers/ cars, but didn't do what we hoped it would.
I bought this when my son was little, just for piece of mind really, he had 2 older siblings and I wanted to make sure that he was OK in the back with them!
It is a flat panel safety mirror and I bought it from Boots when it was about £3.99.
It is a small mirror that attaches to your windscreen so you can see the back of the car. It is a lot easy and safer than turning round every 2 min utes!
The mirror measures L12 x H5.6 x W5.7 so it is quite small and it fits nicely by your usual mirror without distracting you. We fitted ours above the rear view mirror and although I thought that it might be distracting it really wasn't as one quick glance would reassure us that he was fine.
It is easy to attach as it has a turn and lock mechanism and a large suction cup. Simply place the mirror where you want it to be positioned and twist the lock into place. This sucks the air out of the cup and sticks it to the window. I found that ours stuck easily although in very hot weather it would fall off and would take quite a few attempts to get it to stick again.
The mirror itself is quite small and you don't get a view of the whole back seat, only the childs face which is no good if you have more than 1 child in the back. The image is also a little blurry although you can still see the child well.
Overall I have found this product to be useful but I wouldn't recommend it. There are lots of other versions in shops and maybe one of these is better. I used the mirror for about a year but then took it off and it didn't leave any marks on the window.
My wife over the last few years and when our first two children were born has always said what a great idea and how handy it would be to be able to see the baby in the back in their car seat without having to turn around while driving or when stopped. In fact with a newborn as they have a rear facing car seat they are facing the back seat so you can't really see them anyway and are lucky to see the top of their head before you set off again. Well for the birth of our son who is now 5 months old and so will still be in this carseat for another 6 months, we decided to purchase this adjustable mirror for just under £5 which I think is great value for peace of mind.
The mirror itself attaches itself to the head rest of the seat where your baby is on. The beauty is that you can look in the driver mirror at the front and see what he's up to in the mirror at at the back that looks down on him. It's great to stop you worrying when you are driving to make sure he or she is not ill or in distress. There will no real need for this when he moves into a forward facing car seat but then for under a fiver it's still worth it I think for the year you get from the product.
The mirror is adjustable and has a number of different positions to give you the best angle. This is great as it's not just fixed into one position and rigid. It also seems quite sturdy and looks like it could last a fair while to be honest with you.
Well worth a purchase for a bit of peace of mind
When our youngest boy was born I got this wonderful mirror to attach to the head rest of the seat he was on. As his first car seat was rear facing I wouldn't have been able to spy on him during our journeys. I loved being able to quickly know if he's just coughing or if there's a need for me to pull the car over and see to him.
Little man has just moved into the next stage of car seat and is facing forward now so no need to use the mirror. I tried at first to angle my rear view mirror to see him and the cars behind me but to do that I had to turn it almost fully sideways. I made a trip to Halfords and had a look around the car seat area and found the Sunshine Kids mirror. It was priced at £4.99 so I grabbed it and figured if it was useless at least it didn't waste too much money.
By the time I got to the shops the baby had fallen asleep so I took that opportunity to set the mirror up. It was all ready to put up so it was just a matter of placing it and then getting the right angle.
- Stick the suction cup against the windscreen and turn the base to lock it into place. No need to moisten the suction cup.
- Turn knob counter-clockwise for a tight vacuum. The box says to wash and dry the area of the windscreen prior to placing the mirror into place but I didn't bother.
The box says you can see larger area with no distortion of image but I'm sure it's a bit magnified. It doesn't bother me at all as I can still easily see the baby but I thought it was worth mentioning.
The mirror can adjust into a number of positions (6-way pivot) and it was fast and easy to find the right one for me.
I got the pushchair out of the boot and when I shut the boot the mirror fell off. For such an inexpensive item I wasn't surprised. I put it back into place and went into town. On my drive home I readjusted the mirror. I think it was because the baby had his head resting on the other side of the seat. All I had to do was tap it which was quite convenient as I did it at a stoplight. The mirror was obviously locked into place a lot better the second time as it hasn't fallen off since. I'm so glad I found it as I can see properly out of my rear view mirror and see the baby at the same time. This mirror is a great next step from the Sunshine Kids Easy View Back Seat Mirror.
A friend of mine has her daughter in a rear facing seat and she uses both of the above mentioned mirrors and thinks they are great. The mirror doesn't get in the way being on the windscreen however where I've placed it stops the visor from going all the way forward but that's my own problem.
The flat panel safety mirror measures 2.25" H x 4.75" W. The mirror itself is safety plastic so no worries about breaking it.
In addition to the two mentioned mirrors I have been really happy with the Sunshine Kids products. I just got a light weight stroller and unlike my bigger pushchair it doesn't have anywhere for a drink or keys and such so I ordered the buggy buddy which will hang onto the handle bars and allow me to take a drink and a few things like phone, keys and maybe a piece of fruit or snack for the baby with. It looks good but I've only had it a couple days so I'll wait and road test it some more before reviewing it.
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Adjustable rear view mirror makes it easy to monitor children behind you while driving. The flat panel safety mirror measures 2.25 H x 4.75 W which allows you to see the entire back seat of car or SUV. No distortion. Easy to attach to the front or rear windshield. For forward and rear-facing children.The Power-Grip suction cup ensures it will stay securely attached.