I don’t have any children of my own, but I do have two nieces. One is just 4 months-old and her sister is 3 years-old. I love them to pieces, so when my brother suggested I invest in a Backseat Mirror for my car, I was more than happy to oblige. Of course, not having any children of my own, I had no clue what a Backseat Mirror was or that such a handy device even existed, but once I had it in place, I’m happy to have it.
The Backseat Mirror in a Nutshell
There really isn’t much to the Backseat Mirror, but its simplicity is what makes it ingenious. This device is a mirror that straps onto the headrest of your backseat. There’s no tools required to install it, you simply use the sturdy straps to snap it into place. Then with the help of another person, you adjust the mirror (it even has a swivel to do so) so you can see it in your rearview mirror.
Not Just for Keeping an Eye on the Kids
Of course, the main reason I have this Backseat Mirror is so I always know what is going on with my two nieces in the backseat of my car. I can see at a glance if the baby is fussing, sleeping or just enjoying the ride and I can also see when my other niece is bugging her sister. In addition, one of the best features of the Backseat Mirror is when I have the baby alone in her rear-facing car seat, I can not only see her face, but she can see mine as well. This really cuts down on her anxiety or if she starts to fuss I can talk to her and usually have her giggling instead of crying.
When I don’t have my nieces, I have found other uses for my Backseat Mirror. I have a large mixed-breed dog that tends to get a little obnoxious in the car. She will pant, run from side-to-side and has even taken to chewing on the upholstery. With a glance into my Backseat Mirror I can scold her from the front seat, or know when I need to pull over if she’s not listening. Plus, I have used this mirror to keep an eye on my boxes when I moved to a bigger apartment – when you are driving and hear something tip or fall over, its nice (and a lot safer) not to have to turn around to see what happened.
My only beef with the Backseat Mirror is if you are prone to pay more attention to the mirror then the traffic behind you, you may have to make a conscious effort to ignore the mirror or tilt it so you can no longer see if from your rearview mirror when it’s not in use.
A Great Device for Everyone!
Even if you don’t have kids of your own, the Backseat Mirror is great for everyone. It can be used for coaches when they are driving a team of children from one location to the next, transporting pets, or even if you are a delivery person, this Backseat Mirror is always on duty to let you know at-a-glance what is happening in your backseat. In fact, I have purchased two more. One for my best friend who is expecting her first child – those cute clothes and toys will be out-grown, than long forgotten, but the Backseat Mirror will always be there to help her keep her child safe. The other one I purchased was for my sister who volunteers at our local animal shelter. Here she transports pets to the low-cost spay and neuter clinic; it is perfect for keeping an eye on the kennels and making sure all the animals are safe and sound.
The Backseat Mirror is one of those handy gadgets you may not think you need until you actually get one. Then like me, you will wonder how you ever lived without it.