Can children for up to a year look in the mirror? Signs, superstitions and myths
Seeking to protect his baby from all sorts of dangers, parents often recall different beliefs and signs. One of these signs says that in no case should babies (children under one year) look in the mirror. What is the basis of this opinion? Is there a real danger or is it just a prejudice of people? And, if it’s still an invention, then when and how can you show the baby a mirror?
Mirror from a long time is considered a magical object that has a connection with the other world. The Slavic peoples were completely convinced, that children under one year old do not look at it at all. The consequences, in their opinion, could be deplorable: stuttering, fearfulness, speech development delay, belated dentition, strabismus and soreness. Moreover, the Slavs believed that if a child looks in the mirror, he will see his future happiness, and the negative energy accumulated in the mirror is able to pass into his soul, why she can leave it and be transferred to the looking-glass. With what it is connected, in the belief is not told. But the most surprising thing is that among other peoples such judgments about the mirror and its influence on the development of the child do not exist.
The science of the facts confirming the negative impact of the mirror on the health of children has not been proved. A modern man is surrounded by a large number of different objects that have a potential danger to his life. Mirror does not belong to their number, unless it is broken and can not injure the child. There was no other harmful influence behind the mirror. On the contrary, their prohibition to look in the mirror, you deprive your child of the opportunity to explore the world and show interest in everything around him.
The three-month-old baby is already able to pay attention to the things in his field of vision. He studies with curiosity the face of his mother, looks at the toys and looks at the situation in the room. Mirror is no exception. For a child, this is absolutely the same subject of environment, as well as curtains on the windows. Therefore, do not be nervous and worried because of some fictions and mistakes. It is better to think how to properly introduce your baby to the mirror and its reflection in it.
Using a mirror, you can teach your child not only to study his appearance, but also to navigate in space.
Take the baby in his arms in an upright position and bring his face closer to the mirror at a distance of not less than 30 cm. This is necessary in order for the baby to concentrate his gaze on the reflection, since the objects very close to it seem to him slightly vague .
After he catches the reflection, smile at him in the mirror and say: Hello. It’s me, your mother. You see how I have you. Look, what are my eyes. I can open and close them. And I can raise an eyebrow, like this. Look how I do it. You must do everything that you tell your child about. Make sure he catches all your movements.
Зрительные способности новорожденных начинают развиваться с момента их рождения.
- Если малышувсего от 1 до 3 месяцев он может сфокусировать свой взгляд только на предмете, удаленном от него на расстоянии не менее 25-30 см;
- С 4 месяцев он активно реагирует на подсвеченные или немного освещенные предметы;
- В 6-7 месяцев ребенок живо интересуется отражением в зеркале других лиц. Он с интересом приближает свое лицо к зеркалу и пытается дотронуться до его поверхности пальчиками, разыскивая забавного малыша-двойника с тыльной стороны зеркала;
- С 8 месяцев малыш отчетливо понимает разницу между своим отражением в зеркале и отражением других лиц.
Svetlana, mother of two-year-old Danilka:
Danil saw himself in the mirror when he was three months old. I wanted to do this earlier, but I listened to the opinion of my grandmother, who believed that before the baptism the child could not be looked in the mirror. It so happened that they gave us a rattle with a mirror, but a very small one. Danil was obviously interested in this rattle and brought it closer to himself. He saw his eye in the mirror's reflection (nothing more could be placed there). The whole process was accompanied by a joyous babbling.
A month later, I brought Danil to the mirror in the corridor. It was not very large, only the head and shoulders could be reflected in it. He zaagukal, began to jump on my hands. Then I decided to outweigh this mirror over the changing table. Every time after Danil changed clothes, he tried to look into it and see what the other Danil was doing.
Six-month-old Danil already began to creep up to my closet, in which the mirror was for its entire length. He began to drag toys to him to see how they reflected in the mirror. This show was very amusing, such games lasted quite a long time.