When H was a new baby, I was excited to decorate her room. I wanted a beautiful space that would prove calming for both of us. Coincidentally, the colour scheme we had (soft blue, cream and taupe) also worked for Y (although we did change up the textiles).
One of the elements of her room that brought opportunity for interaction was a series of adhesive mirror wall decals I had purchased from Target (which briefly graced Canadians with its presence when H was a baby).
I chose to add the mirrors to the wall next to her change table so she could amuse at herself after changes. Not only was this pretty and practical, but it offered opportunity for socioemotional development.
When Y was born, we moved the change table (which was essentially just a dresser, into the closet). Y enjoyed the mirrors when I carried him but when he started sitting up, I thought about purchasing a new set and sticking them lower to the ground so he could access them independently.
In the fall, we visited the library after quite a hiatus. The space had been renovated and had a new part, perfect for babies. Part of its charm were mirrors at baby’s eye level.
This reminded me of my plan so I ordered some new mirrors from Amazon. I have to point out that these were not glass mirrors but acrylic ones, so safer for children.
They sat in my drawer as the months passed. I was planning on incorporating them into a sensory wall project but it slowly became clear that that was not going to materialize. Waiting for things to become perfect was going to thwart my good intentions so I decided to just go for it.
Since by now, Y is able to pull himself up to standing, I decided to arrange the mirrors vertically, leaving space to add to the top as he grows taller.
He was excited and tried to add some himself (and remove them of course!) This is why I chose not to include any that would fit into his mouth so I don’t have to worry about choking hazards if he does manage to remove any.
Not only is it fun for him to look at himself…
But it also offers interesting new perspectives and quite literally helps me see things in a new way.
As with when this was H’s nursery, the room is a calming place. But this time, I’m paying more attention to texture and practicality. It’s still a work in progress but I love seeing how the same space, colours and furnishings have taken on a different life.