The first two or three years of your child’s life will be rear-facing in a car seat, so you will want the best rear seat mirror you can find. These can help keep baby entertained, but most importantly, they help you keep an eye on your kiddo, even though they are facing the back of the vehicle.
I love the Baby Backseat Mirror for Car by So Peep with a large view, unbreakable glass, an easy fastening strap system, and a handy swivel; this car seat mirror will last you through all your rear-facing car seat days and is the best baby mirror for car.
Check out all the best mirrors that I found in my research. I’ve compiled them into this list of best baby mirrors for the car for your shopping pleasure!
|The Top Mirrors to See Kids in the Backseat||Why It's Best||Mom Rating|
|So Peep Backseat Baby Mirror||Large view, convex, easy to install||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Cozy Greens Extra Large Baby Car Mirror||Extra-large mirror, crash-tested, lifetime warranty, part of each purchase goes to children's charity||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Pikibu 180-Degree Baby Car Mirror||For forward-facing kids in the back seat||♥♥♥♥♥|
7 Best Baby Mirrors for Cars
So Peep Backseat Mirror
The So Peep Backseat Mirror has the ease of use and good mirror quality that you’d want in a baby car seat mirror, so it’s our top pick.
The So Peep website boasts that you can install the mirror in 30 seconds or less. Unlike other backseat mirrors that come with somewhat complex instructions and sometimes require assembly, the So Peep mirror frame is quick and easy to install with no assembly required.
As previously mentioned, this rear seat mirror has a double-strap securing system. The strap system fastens with plastic clips. Tighten the straps both horizontally and vertically around your headrest. Then, adjust the angle of the mirror so that you can safely see your baby while driving.
The mirror features shatterproof acrylic glass. This ensures that, even if the mirror does somehow come unsecured and fall, it won’t break and cut anyone. Also, speaking as a total klutz, this is good news to know that I won’t have to worry about breaking the mirror before it is even installed in my car.
Because the mirror is extra-large and convex, it offers the best view possible of your child. This feature is incredibly important, almost as important as secure installation, in my opinion.
The whole point of having this mirror frame is so that you can quickly check in on your child while you’re driving. What use is a small, distorted mirror that leaves you wondering, “What the heck is going on back there?”
When you look in the mirror to check on your child, you need to have immediate answers. You should be able to clearly see your child and the area inside the car seat. The last thing you want to be doing while you’re driving down the highway is guessing whether your child is safe because you can’t completely see what’s happening in the mirror.
100% Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee
So Peep is so sure that you will fall in love with their rear seat mirror, the mirror comes with a 100% Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee. If, at any point in time and for any reason, you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, return it to So Peep. You will be refunded.
With your purchase of a So Peep rear seat mirror, you get a free e-book! Enjoy “Baby’s First Foods” as a complimentary gift from the folks at So Peep.
- Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Packaging dimensions: 11.7 x 9.2 x 3.7 inches
- Mirror dimensions: 11.5 x 7.5 inches (or 295 mm x 195mm)
- Headrest needed?: Yes
Shynerk Baby Car Mirror
The Shynerk Baby Car Mirror is a shatterproof baby mirror that can be adjusted 360° with the ball-and-socket pivot.
Like many baby car mirrors, this mirror comes with a strap system to attach to the headrest. Once put into place, the ball-and-socket pivot makes it possible to adjust the baby mirror however you need without readjusting the straps. You can turn the mirror either horizontally or vertically to fit your needs. Convenient!
No worries about this mirror frame shattering in a possible collision because features shatterproof and scratch-resistant. This mirror has also been crash-tested.
This car mirror comes fully assembled so all you need to do is attach it to your headrest with the straps. Double straps help to hold this mirror firmly to the headrest so that it doesn’t slide around.
- Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Packaging dimensions: 13.5 x 8 x 1.5 inches
- Mirror dimensions: 11.4 x 3.5 x 1.2 inches
- Headrest needed?: Yes
Joybell Clamp On Baby Car Mirror
The Joybell Clamp On Baby Car Mirror solves a big problem that backseat mirrors pose: straps that break or become loose.
Clamps On for Safety
I’ve used a baby rear seat mirror for both kids, and a continual problem was that the strap system would loosen and the mirror frame would slide down and become unusable, usually mid-car trip.
This Joybell mirror uses a clamp to attach to the posts of the headrest, which are the strongest point anyways. This was designed by a doctor whose patient was injured by a mirror that had UV-ray decayed nylon straps. So the clamp goes around the round posts of the headrest and is tightened by a knob. Then, the mirror is extended on an arm to view baby.
The mirror’s arm is totally adjustable to any direction or place. There is a large joint in the middle of the arm so that you can move it forward toward baby or backward toward the seat. The place where the back of the mirror meets the arm features a socket that fully swivels so that the mirror frame can be tilted left, right, down, or up.
This adjustability makes it ideal for those who don’t have a middle headrest and will need to place this mirror on a side headrest and move it around. The larger mirror size helps with this endeavor.
Meets Safety Requirements
This backseat baby mirror meets Federal Safety Standard FMVSS 213, which is concerned with child restraint systems. It has been crash-tested for safety. It’s securely fastened and completely shatterproof for a safe ride when you travel.
Basically, this car seat eliminates a lot of the concerns that safety experts have when it comes to using these backseat baby mirrors. You can’t beat that peace of mind!
- Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Packaging dimensions: 11.7 x 8.2 x 4.1 inches
- Mirror dimensions: 11.5 x 7.5 inches
- Headrest needed?: Yes
Cozy Greens Shatterproof Baby Car Mirror
The Cozy Greens Shatterproof Baby Car Mirror is 360° adjustable baby mirror that offers an extra-large viewing mirror at 11.5″ wide!
360° Adjustable Viewing
This Cozy Greens baby mirror comes with a strap system that attaches to a headrest like many mirrors. Unlike some though, this mirror is able to be adjusted with the ball joint that was recently upgraded just this year. This is a convenient feature that will save minutes of irritation by easily adjusting the mirror without having to adjust the straps.
Each Purchase Helps Children
A benefit of purchasing this baby mirror is Cozy Greens’ willingness to generously donate 5% of their profits to underprivileged children. The USA foundation is called ChildsLife and I think it’s great that Cozy Greens, a family-owned business, is helping children in this way!
This Cozy Greens baby mirror went through some serious safety testing (which we obviously love). Per their own product description, this is the only baby mirror on the market that has passed a crash test at 45mph. That’s awesome!
Lifetime Factory Warranty
Who doesn’t love a lifetime warranty? Cozy Greens offers to replace or refund for free if you are not completely happy with your purchase.
- Weight: 1 pound
- Packaging dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 3.2 inches
- Mirror dimensions: 11.5 x 7.5 inches
- Headrest needed?: Yes
BenBat Oly Active Baby Car Mirror
The BenBat Oly Active Baby Car Mirror is not only a car mirror with a light but it helps entertain your little one for long drives!
No one likes to hear a baby or toddler crying on a long drive. Instead of trying to reach back and entertain your little one from the front seat, this car mirror does it for you! The mirror features wobbly ears, blinking eyes, and plays a few different songs. In addition, there are some white noise options if your baby likes to sleep to white noise or a similar sound like ocean waves when you travel.
This mirror does require 3 AA batteries. Did we mention you can control all of this with a handy remote?
Optional Mirror Tabs
This car mirror attaches to the headrest with a strap system for a secure fit but it also includes optional tabs on the back for a better fit. Each tab (two total) helps place the mirror in the exact angle you want it.
We mentioned some of these in “Electronic Features” above but wanted to explain a little more. With the remote, you can not only start/stop songs, white noise, etc., but you can adjust the volume, which is always convenient! The only downfall of the remote is that it requires a CR2 battery, which is not a type of battery most of us just have laying around.
- Weight: 1.41 lbs
- Product dimensions: 10.08 x 3.15 x 12.6 inches
- Headrest needed?: Yes
Pikibu 180-Degree Baby Car Mirror
Check out the Pikibu 180-Degree View High Definition Clarity Baby Car Mirror if you want a way to see your whole back seat and you have forward facers that need monitoring.
A lot of these kinds of car mirrors go near your existing rear view mirror to help you see baby. I personally don’t like that, because it blocks your view out of the windshield and it also doesn’t help you see the whole back seat. This mirror is like a super-sized version of your existing rear view mirror. You just place it over your rear view mirror and poof! You can see nearly everything in the back seat!
If you like this idea, but still need to see a rear-facing baby in the back, then you can totally use this in conjunction with a headrest mirror. I have 3 kids in 3 different stages of car seat, so this way worked really, really well for me to monitor all the monkeys in the car.
This mirror features springs that secure onto your existing mirror. You don’t have to worry about double sided tape or bent suction cups that just don’t’ work. IT goes on and stays on. Some people complain that very high temps (100Â°F and up) can compromise the glue used to hold the mirror to the springed backing, but many others state that it holds up just fine to sunny weather if you have it installed right.
One thing that’s not so good- this mirror is made from real-life glass. Breakable glass. It’s not a big deal unless you drop it just right or slam it with something. Like automobile glass, it could break in the case of an accident, and the shards flying around become a big concern. But for everyday use, it’s just fine and out of the way.
- Weight: 7.4 ounces
- Packaging dimensions: 0.5 x 10.5 x 3.8 inches
- Headrest needed?: No
Brica Firefly Baby-In-Sight Car Mirror
Most of us think that the baby car seat mirrors are for parents. But what if the Brica Firefly Baby-In-Sight Car Mirror could be for your child, too?
This soft-edged mirror comes with all the lights, patterns, and colors that a baby could want. It has 4 different happy songs and 4 different soothing songs. All feature a coordinating light show with LED colored lights. The lights are located in/behind the actual mirror and below the mirror an inside the cute little firefly. It can do its fun little show for up to 12 minutes in each mode, which is plenty of time to drive to the grocery store.
You can turn all of this on or off with the remote that clips to your visor. The remote controls whether it plays happy songs, sleepy songs, and how loud it is. Plus, it has an auto shut off after the 12 minute mode runs out to help conserve battery life. That’s nice, considering that your child will come to depend on this as their source of car entertainment when you travel and it will consequentially become a total battery hog (needs 3 AA batteries).
Many mirrors say they are safe, but this one can prove it. It was crash tested for safety in 2017 by Calspan, an independent testing company. It won’t shatter and hurt your child. It also has Clear-Sight, which means that it is guaranteed to give you an accurate reflection with no distortions. No fun house baby mirrors here!
The manufacturer states that there are a few different ways to attach this to your car. It can definitely be attached to an existing headrest. If not, you can buy a tether latch extender from Munchkin directly and clip this mirror to the LATCH anchor. In most cases, you can get this to work in your car, headrests or not.
- Weight: 1.65 pounds
- Packaging dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 12.5 inches
- Mirror dimensions: 12.25 x 13.75 inches
- Headrest needed?: Yes
Before You Shop: Headrests
Before you even begin shopping for a backseat mirror, you need to look at your backseat. Chances are, you don’t spend much time back there.
Pop quiz: Do you have headrests on your backseats?
There Are No Headrests
If you don’t have headrests in your backseat, that means that you’re not going to be able to use a mirror that tethers to your headrest. Instead, you need a backseat mirror that attaches via suction cup to either your back or side window.
There Are Headrests
If you do have headrests, even if they are not adjustable or separate from the seat, many popular backseat mirrors will work for you. This makes shopping for a baby backseat mirror both easier and more difficult. Many manufacturers have adopted the double-strap fastening system and have mirrors on a swiveling arm. Unfortunately, this means that there are hundreds of backseat mirrors for you to choose from.
Be aware, though, if you do have a backseat where the headrest is one piece with the chair; you need to exercise caution when deciding on your backseat mirror. For example, the So Peep backseat mirror should work because the mirror is on an arm that can pivot and swivel in the base. This allows you to fasten the securing straps in an “X” instead of a cross pattern.
Not all backseat mirrors are made this way, though. Any mirrors that do not have an arm for pivoting and moving will not be able to rotate sideways. The inability to move means that you will have questionable functionality.
The mirror may or may not provide you a view of your child. Likewise, it’s also a possibility that the mirror may not stay secured to the seat.
If you have a backseat with adjustable headrests, you have it easy (aside from the large number of products you have to choose from). Even if you have a backseat with a headrest on either side and none in the middle, the So Peep backseat mirror is still an ideal choice for you. Because the arm attached to the mirror swivels, you can secure the mirror on a neighboring headrest and angle the mirror for the perfect view of your child.
Remember, if your backseat has headrests on the right and left side, but not in the center where your child’s seat is, don’t worry. You can attach your backseat mirror on a neighboring headrest and simply angle the mirror so you can see your child.
Valid FAQs for Baby Backseat Mirrors
When shopping for the absolute best of anything, questions will naturally arise. To validate my own opinion, I read other people’s reviews and found some really good questions that I had not thought of myself. Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for the best baby car seat mirror.
Are baby car mirrors safe?
This is a big and very important question. Baby mirrors are fine until you are in a bad accident, in which case they have the potential to become a projectile and a sharp one at that. The last thing any of us parents want is a breakable mirror flying at our baby’s head in an accident. But this could happen. While there’s no research on this subject to date, some experts have concluded that while it’s unlikely that a car mirror will detach and have enough force and weight to hurt your baby significantly, it technically is a possibility. Just make sure your baby car seat mirror is shatterproof, has soft edges, and is always fully and tightly attached, and you should be just fine.
Another safety issue that has come up is the ability of the mirror to reflect concentrated sunlight and start a fire in the car. Hey, it actually happened to one mom! As a best safety practice, keep the mirror out of direct sunlight and you won’t have any problems. Can’t keep it out of sunlight on a road trip or in a parking lot? Cover it temporarily.
How is this mirror tested? Who tests it?
This is the best question I found. You read all these details about how it’s guaranteed not to shatter or break, but how do they know? The answer depends on the company. For example, So Peep has had their “car mirror tested for ‘Use and Abuse’ by an industry-leading US-Based Safety Testing Facility. Many other brands, including So Peep, have also had a Material Safety Test conducted. Various baby mirror testing can include: Drop Testing from various heights, Tension Testing under various tensions, and a comprehensive Material Safety Analysis.
How much of the back seat can this car mirror cover?
Another good question! If the mirror were mounted on the center headrest, would the parent be able to see kids on both sides of the car’s backseat. For most of the mirrors on this list, the short answer is no, the mirror is not made to be used in that capacity.
If you want to see multiple children, it would be best to have two mirrors positioned so you could see your children from your seat. Or you can buy a special baby rear view mirror that goes on your car’s windshield and allows you to view the whole back seat. But know that this kind of mirror works best if you either A) have forward-facing car seats, or, B) you use it in conjunction with some backseat baby mirrors.
Is the mirror image clear?
An important thing to consider is the quality of the view. Sometimes, backseat mirrors have a very distorted view. The child can look like they are really far away or, in some cases, they can look blurry. Obviously, this is unacceptable for a safety device! Look for a mirror with repeated reviews that say that the view seems to be true to life and very crystal clear. All the mirrors on our list reportedly have very crystal clear mirror images.
How do you use a baby mirror?
A baby mirror should allow you to see your baby’s face when you are driving. The mirror is positioned, for a rear-facing back-seat baby…
- on the rear windshield, rear passenger window, or rear passenger headrest
- such that it reflects the image of your baby
- and such that it can be seen in your rear view mirror.
- For a forward-facing baby or babies, your baby mirror will be fixed on or near your rear view mirror.
What’s the safest place in the car for a car seat?
A back seat is safest, the more central to the car, the better.
How do you attach a baby car mirror?
Methods of attachment vary from clips to springs to suction cups to straps to clamps. A mirror may be attached to rear windshield, rear passenger window, rear passenger headrest, or near or on your rear view mirror.
Each mirror is different, so you need to know whether you need a mirror for a front-facing or rear-facing baby and, if rear-facing, do your back seats have headrests (and, if so, are they adjustable)
before you decide on a mirror.
Do I need a sunshade for my baby?
Opinions on the advisability of sunshades differ. Probably not necessary for a front-facing baby in the center of the back seat. But for a rear-facing baby or baby at right or left window, a sunshade might be nice. Some babies’ eyes are very sensitive to light.
Do I need a baby mirror for my car?
Probably not. Opinions on the advisability of baby mirrors. But it might be nice to have one, especially for your back-seat, rear-facing baby. Choose one that is soft, shatterproof/unbreakable, and very securely attachable. (Attachment depends upon whether you have back seat headrests, whether the headrests are adjustable, and other factors.)
The most important question: will you, as driver, be more distracted by the presence of the mirror so that you can look at your baby, or less?
Are car window shades legal?
While it is advisable to check your state laws, in most states a sunshade is legal in the back seat.
How I Chose the Best Baby Car Mirror
Since there are hundreds of backseat mirrors to choose from, I want to explain why I choose the best baby car mirrors on the list.
First, I should let you know that I had a bad experience with backseat mirrors with my first child. This bad experience helped guide me to make the decision today about the best backseat mirror currently available.
Like all new mothers, I registered for a heap of items without really knowing what I was wanting or needing. One such item was a backseat mirror. Since I mainly registered at Target and the backseat mirror selection in my store was limited, I registered for an Eddie Bauer model.
When I got the mirror, I was horrified by how ridiculously terrible it was. First of all, it was literally impossible to install the mirror and angle it to face my baby. Second, once I removed the protective film, I was disgusted to find a “mirror” with about as much quality as a small baby toy. Truly, it was horrible. I believe Fun Houses mirrors would have worked better.
Because of this bad experience, I wanted to make sure that I selected backseat mirrors that gave parents an appropriate reflection of their child. And, since the times have changed, so have my standards. Today, I have brought you only the best of the best. These mirrors are crystal clear, easy to install, easy to adjust, shatter proof, and overall a great product.
I recommend the Baby Backseat Mirror by So Peep because I believe this mirror is one of the best baby car mirrors and will provide you with the best view of your child with the least worry and hassle. The clarity of the reflection will show you exactly what your child is doing so that you can safely drive while you parent.
With a double-strap system to secure the tested shatterproof mirror, you can be at ease that your mirror will stay in place even during the bounciest car rides. And, if something fails and the mirror does fall, you will know that your child won’t get cut by broken glass. Finally, if there is some reason that you don’t absolutely love your So Peep backseat mirror, you can return it for a 100% refund at any time.