Before we recommend the best baby car mirror, a word on safety—these mirrors work well for seeing your baby in the backseat. In fact, perhaps they work too well! Some parents report the mirrors can be distracting, since as a parent you might be watching your baby instead to the road. Try to only look at these mirrors when your vehicle is stopped.
All these mirrors are made of shatterproof acrylic glass. The larger mirrors recommended in this article are convex in shape—that helps get a better view of the backseat. Some folks complain, however, that convex mirrors have a somewhat distorted view. This didn’t bother us, but we can see how it would irk others.
Shynerk’s Baby Car Mirror (model SH-M-01) won the top honors in our testing of seven different mirrors that can show your rear-facing baby in their car seat. Here’s why:
What We Liked
• Easy to install. This mirror has two straps that wrap around a headrest. We could install it in a snap.
• Adjustable angle. This mirror sits in a ball joint that can be swiveled to get just the right angle.
• Affordable. Some baby mirrors can get quite pricey—but we like this affordable option best.
What Needs Work
• Can be a bit stiff at first. Adjusting the mirror can take a bit of elbow grease when it is first installed.
• Doesn’t fit all headrests. Some vehicles with non-adjustable headrests don’t work well with this mirror.
• Some folks may want the bigger size. The same company makes the same version of this mirror in a bigger size with more of a wide angle view. This might work better in larger vehicles (SUV’s, minivans) with bigger backseats. See below for details.