Small child

The child and the mirror - the power of attraction


From the first months of life, the child reacts vividly to his reflection in the mirror. At first he does not understand that what he sees is it. Over time, when he realizes this, he enters the next level of self-awareness.

Many stages of baby development can be traced by watching his play in front of the mirror. It is not surprising that manufacturers plan in children's toys a place for a surface that reflects the face of an infant.

Small mirrors can be found in rattles, baby rides, bikes, on educational mats... In this way toys teach, entertain and allow you to understand the basic truth about yourself, the individual constituting individuality.

Don't show to the mirror

There is still superstition, especially in the countryside, not to show the child his reflection before baptism. Why? That the toddler would not see the devil and that he would not expose him to adverse effects. You can also hear not to show the child his reflection for a year, because the toddler ... will stutter.

These beliefs arose for a simple reason: everything that was considered unexplained, amazing and mysterious, was anxious. That is why so many motifs in fairy tales ("Alice in Wonderland", "Snow White") use the symbol of the mirror, which was associated with the sphere of magic and mysterious phenomena. It is also for this reason that today the mirror is a symbol of pride and egocentrism.

When should you start playing in front of the mirror?

Already two months old baby he likes to look at himself in the mirror. He doesn't yet know that the reflection he sees belongs to him, nonetheless can react to what he sees. Especially if a child is brought to the mirror in the hands of his beloved parent.

Over time, fun in front of the mirror should not go to the background. Around the eighth-ninth month, when the child begins to understand that he is a separate being, playing in front of the mirror will help him understand that he is not part of his mother. Mirror games are particularly important when the toddler recognizes his reflection (this skill should be acquired by 10 months).

Does the child recognize himself in the mirror? You can do a simple test by painting a cream dot on your child's nose or forehead and checking if your toddler responds to a change in his appearance and tries to erase it.

Also older children, approx two-three-year-olds often like to dress up faces for their reflection and look after "disguised" in adult clothing, putting on my mother's hat or daddy's gloves.

Over time, the mirror can help you learn to speak. It is a very important subject in the speech therapist's office, and speech apparatus exercises performed by a specialist in speech disorders should also be repeated at home with the parent. Vilayanur Subramanian Ramachandran also wrote a lot about the amazing properties of the mirror, which noted that the mirror can help treat paresis after strokes, phantom pains and more.

Why play with your child in front of the mirror?