While kids mirrors are certainly a fun way to decorate, they also play a very important role in your little one’s early development, helping small children develop a sense of self. From birth, babies are exposed to constant information that teaches self-recognition. As babies begin to touch their own face and body, grabbing and kicking, they begin to realise that their actions influence the world around them. As they get closer to their second birthday, they begin to develop a sense of self. They will begin to recognise themselves in photographs and in mirrors.
This developmental phase often coincides with other signs of self-awareness, with language that begins to include plenty of words such as my, me, you and I, along with the ‘it’s mine!’ stage that most parents will instantly recognise. Kids mirrors are important tools to help small children navigate through the early stages of self-awareness. Keep reading to find out how mirrors help to foster a healthy sense of self in small humans.
The Importance of Kids Mirrors
If you have ever sat with a baby, toddler or even a pre-schooler in front of a mirror, you will have noticed that the reactions of the child differ widely for each age group. A baby will typically display signs of interest, touching the mirror and watching their reflection move. A toddler will often be able to point to himself and recognise his reflection. A pre-schooler will have full awareness of self and various body parts.
Some simple activities to try that help bring out the benefits of mirrors include the following:
Simply sitting down or standing in front of a mirror, pointing at your baby in person and in the mirror is sufficient during the early stages of baby development. As your baby gets closer to 18 months, you can begin making happy and sad faces in the mirror or point out body parts.
As your child gets closer to the age of two, you will find that they are able to recognise themselves. You can begin pointing to body parts and asking toddlers to name the part and try making faces in the mirror to help toddlers recognise various emotions. You can also use the mirror to help toddlers learn how to dress.
As kids get closer to pre-school, you can use mirrors to help language and vocabulary skills. Mirrors can be an effective way for kids to learn how to pronounce vowels and words. Reflective surfaces such as mirrors can also open up an interest in science, helping kids to learn about reflection, light and even colour.
Ideally, mirrors should always be kept at a height that is suitable for your child, in order to get the full benefit. If you’re looking for super cute kids mirrors, browse our collection of wall mirrors in the Clever Little Monkey store!