How does baby react when faced with a mirror? This phase is essential to a baby's development and is a lot of fun to watch. Confronted with their reflection little ones tend to feel disorientated initially, before realising that it's their own image they can see. The mirror stage is the moment when babies discover themselves for the first time.
Your baby is calmly walking along, when suddenly they spot a little friend in the mirror. Surprised, they try to approach the object and spend a few seconds looking at it. They haven't realised yet that it's their own reflection. To them, they've simply made a new friend. However at this stage, it’s quite confusing that their new friend doesn't want to play with them. Just let them be. You'll find that this is a phase of discovery that is essential to awakening their senses.
Discovering their identity
The discovery phase can be highly amusing. If your baby tries to grab hold of their new friend's hand, let them. To them, the mirror is a magical object, as they don't yet understand how it works. Try placing an unbreakable mirror in front of them from time to time to get them used to what they see. At some point, they will understand that it's not actually a new friend, but in fact themselves. This gives them the chance to discover their own body and their identity!
Fun and games
Now that they understand it is their own reflection, try playing a game together. For example, stand alongside them and make a few movements. Your little one will try to imitate you and will be highly amused to see the movement repeated on the other side.
Normally, your child should recognise themselves in the mirror at around two years of age.