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Are those useful or too distracting?<br>
And can you recommend a good one?<br>
I wasn't driving much with the kids alone before, but now that they will change and I would like to be able to make sure everything is ok, especially since they both RF.<br><br>
Thanks for your input.
 

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Look for the soft cloth ones, not hard plastic. Don't use anything you wouldn't throw at your child's head -- because that's what might happen in a crash.
 

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<span style="font-family:Georgia;">I seriously canNOT live without my mirror to see my DD.<br><br>
When she was an infant, it felt safer. Now that she's a toddler and talks up a storm, it helps me decipher what she's saying to be able to see her mouth.<br><br>
Also, as an infant, DD hated the car. Once she was cognizant of the mirror, and me in it, she was that much happier riding.<br><br>
We use the <a href="http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2402035" target="_blank">Baby In Sight</a> mirror. Its easy to attach to different cars with different configurations. And VERY light. And the mirror has more clarity that most of the other safety mirrors we've used or looked into.<br><br>
I've never found it to be distracting. At least, no more distracting than a screaming infant you can't see. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></span>
 

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we have the <a href="http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=4269003" target="_blank">safe fit mirror</a><br>
i think its supposed to wrap around a head rest or something then attach to the lower anchors, but i have it upside down and tetherd to the top tether. its soft and with it tethered, im not worried about it flying around in a collision.
 

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I waited too long to get a mirror (thinking I had already lived without one and it was too late to get one) and man, did I wish I had gotten one sooner. You feel like you have contact. I loved actually being able to see DS who didn't do well in the car as an infant, and know that half the time it was worse in my mind than what it was in reality (knowing they're suddenly quiet from being distracted vs. imagining that they're quiet 'cause they just can't bear it anymore).<br><br>
Totally worth it! Though yes, there's an adjustment period where you realise you may not be watching the road as much as you should (or at least I remember thinking- man, these things are distracting) but it's like anything new, eventually you figure it out and it works splendidly.
 

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We had the SafeFit mirror, too. It has a strap that goes around the car headrest to secure it. I never felt as if the mirror was distracting to my driving. Mostly I used it to assure myself the baby was ok--not passed out or choking when he was being too quiet (DS normally screamed when we were in the car). However, I believe that all mirrors are supposed to be safety hazards because they can become projectiles in a car accident. We have stainless steel water bottles and purses/bags in the car, too, so I just don't see how we can avoid the projectile situation.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">we have the <a href="http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=4269003" target="_blank">safe fit mirror</a><br>
i think its supposed to wrap around a head rest or something then attach to the lower anchors, but i have it upside down and tetherd to the top tether. its soft and with it tethered, im not worried about it flying around in a collision.</div>
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This is the same mirror that we have and I linked above! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
It really is a good mirror!</span>
 

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I never used one. I get carsick and I know I would get carsick facing backwards with a mirror in my view. My neice was getting carsick and improved after the mirror was removed. So, if your kid is fine, why not? But if puking ensues consider scrapping it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">we have the <a href="http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=4269003" target="_blank">safe fit mirror</a><br>
i think its supposed to wrap around a head rest or something then attach to the lower anchors, but i have it upside down and tetherd to the top tether. its soft and with it tethered, im not worried about it flying around in a collision.</div>
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This is the one we have. You should know that if your LO will be in the center, you may or may not be able to use the mirror, depending on your car. I couldn't use it when DD was RF in my Escape, because there was no center headrest to attach it to and it could not be secured properly on a side headrest. In the Edge I drive now, it also will not attach to the center headrest, but I have latched it under the center armrest (which is up, obviously, when DD is in the center RF). It works well enough--I can move to see her if she's coughing or choking or something.<br><br>
If I had to do it over I would probably not get one, just because its been less useful that I thought it might be. I would spend the $14.99 on these instead: <a href="http://www.target.com/Tiny-Love-Fruity-Banana-Pal/dp/B00012BSEY/ref=br_1_30?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&searchView=grid5&searchNodeID=3609781&node=3609781&searchRank=pmrank&searchPage=1&searchSize=30&id=Tiny%20Love%20Fruity%20Banana%20Pal" target="_blank">Tiny Love Fruity Banana Pal</a> You can attach them to your stroller or carseat so they don't get lost/dropped/thrown. A good CD of children's songs goes a long way in the car, too!
 

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Thank you for the input. I ordered safe fit mirror and will see how it works out.
 

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I've found the <a href="http://hts.no.spock.kontrollpanelen.se/se/products/izikid_isofix_accessories.php" target="_blank">BeSafe baby mirror</a> to be excellent. It's safe and easy to use. The Easyview mirror from Sunshine kids is also very popular.
 

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We had one (I *think* we still do, even though we can't find it now that we want it again, of course!), when DS was RF, and it was awesome. Being able to see him, and just knowing that he was OK despite his screaming was nice. I think ours had a clip that hooked onto the rear tether so that it couldn't go flying.
 
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