Product Review: Baby Einstein Music & Discovery Travel Mirror
Browsing through the local BigBox for appropriate baby shower, new baby, and Christening gifts can be frustrating since so many of the toys offered are not especially well made or attractive. For years, my family has purchased Kids II toys because they are well made, visually stimulating, and the babies and toddlers actually played with them. The Baby Einstein Music & Discovery Travel Mirror is a new item in the Kids II Baby Einstein line.
One especially nice feature of the Travel Mirror is that it was designed for very young children (newborn and up)—kids who must be placed in rear-facing car seats when travelling. With proper placement (aligning the Travel Mirror with the car’s rear-view mirror), the driver is able to see baby in the rear-view mirror. Instructions for correct placement are given in the product directions.
Baby Einstein Music & Discovery Travel Mirror has a padded fabric frame, four light-up shapes in blue, red, green, and yellow, and a sun-and-cloud control panel that includes a timer, allowing for continuous play up to an hour, and a volume controller with off, low, and high positions. It is designed with adjustable straps for both forward and rear-facing babies. With adjustable straps it can be mounted in cribs and other areas, and is useful in giving a baby a sense of familiarity when staying in unfamiliar places, or to entertain baby while visiting.
Four modes of play are provided: lights and melodies (nine classics), shapes and colors, melodies only, and lights only. Choosing the lights-only mode results in a flashing light show, melodies-only continuously plays music for the length of time selected, and lights-and-melodies does both. When set for the shapes-and-colors mode, colors are identified by a female voice in English, Spanish, and French, lights flash, and music plays.
Baby Einstein Music & Discovery Travel Mirror is powered by three double-A batteries (included), and “encourages music discovery, visual stimulation, and language discovery.” Reasonably priced, it makes a nice gift for new babies and parents-to-be. (At-home experimentation suggests that some dogs are calmed when the Travel Mirror is set on “melodies only.” Cats are unimpressed by the music and lights.)