At first, a mirror is simply a bright and shiny object your baby enjoys looking at, but as their vision and focus improve, so will their love for faces. Mirrors foster curiosity, help develop social skills and even enhance cognitive development. In addition, babies love seeing other babies, including themselves.
It's not until much later that babies realize the face looking back at them is their own, as self-awareness usually happens around 18 months. So although your baby is delighted to see another face like theirs smiling back at them, nurturing these skills early on is key to developing your baby's social-emotional skills.
Mirror play is also an excellent opportunity to develop their vocabulary. Say the names of different body parts you see in the mirror and point to them. If your baby is babbling in front of the mirror, he is most likely having a conversation with the baby he sees reflected, so join in the conversation!
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