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Why Do Babies Love Mirror Toys?

2013-03-12 by Melissa & Doug
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As any parent knows, babies just LOVE to see themselves in their mirror toys. What could be more interesting and relatable to babies than another baby reflected back at them — who looks, feels, and moves just as they do?

Sure, babies are attracted to mirrors because they are shiny and bright.
But mirrors are so much more, too!


The joy babies get by spotting their own reflection in a mirror also helps:

  • Increase their ability to focus
  • Begin to develop social skills
  • Foster their curiosity
  • Enhance their cognitive development (by introducing the concept of object permanence)
  • Strengthen their bodies (by having little ones lift their heads or use their torso and arm muscles to look in a mirror)

Toy Tips:

Baby toys like our Color Flap Baby & Toddler Toy contain a shatterproof mirror for babies and toddlers to uncover their own reflection — little by little — as they pull back the colored flaps to reveal the mirror (and awaiting “baby”) inside. This also encourages tactile exploration, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skill development.

baby toy

Babies will love discovering their own little face in the child-safe mirror of our Choo Choo Locomotive Learning Toy. This soft train makes playful sounds when grasped by tiny hands, and uses its own movements to scoot across smooth surfaces. A colorful toy train moving across the floor is a terrific way to inspire tummy time play!

baby and toy

Our delightful Musical Farmyard Cube is topped with a toddler-tough mirror surrounded by crinkly petals. Four lovable animals cover the cube’s sides, and make animal sounds when baby presses each nose. With durable teether tabs and a soft carry handle, this multi-function play cube is ready to go nearly anywhere with your bundle of joy!

baby and cube

In response to us asking, “Why do babies like mirrors?” one mom commented:

“I think it’s built in.
Even very young babies are attracted to faces.
Looking in a mirror is fascinating because babies see an adorable face
that seems to react to them.”

Why do YOU think babies love mirrors so much?

Share your photos and stories about babies/toddlers and mirrors with us on Instagram using the hashtags #TakeBackChildhood, #CountlessWaysToPlay and #MelissaAndDoug.


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