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4. Mirror

Sep 19, 2020 • 7 min read
4. Mirror
Babies like to study faces and a mirror is a great way for them to become familiar with their own facial expressions and to develop self-awareness.

Babies love to study facial expressions and features. A mirror helps them become familiar with their own face and to develop self-awareness. One placed at a strategic distance on a play mat can also help with head control and tummy play. Also to focus and track images with their eyes.

Many baby gyms and pram toys include an unbreakable plastic mirror, but you don’t have to buy a special baby mirror. Use plastic links to hang a handheld mirror from the baby gym, or place a full-length mirror on its side and let them study their reflection.


I'm Alexis, father of four and founder of One Hundred Toys. I taught in London primary schools for thirteen years, specialising in the early years. Now I write about all things play here on the blog. Read more

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