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10 Best Baby Mirrors for a Car with no Headrest-(2018-Ultimate Review and Buyers’ Guide)

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10 Best baby mirrors for a car with no headrest- reviews and buyers’ guide

As you can readily agree, when traveling in a car, your baby’s safety is more important than anything else.

That’s why you do all it takes to make sure that your mini-you is as safe as you can perceive, and this involves finding the right car seat for him or her, the right apparel, and so on.

And you place him or her in the back seat, either facing forward or backward, depending on his or her age.

But here comes a question;

How do you monitor to ascertain that the child is fine throughout the journey?

Especially if you have no other adult company in the car?

The fact is that there are countless distractions when you are behind the wheel. And turning back to check on your baby is simply courting disaster.

This is where a baby car mirror comes in. It reflects your baby’s image to the front mirror, enabling you to tell what is going on with your baby without the need to turn back.

Several reviews of baby car mirrors have been done, but most of these mirrors need to be strapped to the car seat headrest. What if your back seat has no headrest? Or the headrest is circumstantially inaccessible or inappropriate for this task?

Luckily, there are types of mirrors specially made to attach to other parts of your car other than the backseat headrest, such as the rear windscreen or the sun shade visor.

So, without further ado, lets’ dive into a review of the best baby mirrors for car seats without a headrest.

We will give you a step by step process of how to install this type of baby car mirror after the review. 

10 Best baby car mirrors for cars without a headrest reviewed 

But which are the best three of these mirrors?

Editor's Pick

Here are our top 3 best rated baby car mirrors for a car without a backseat headrest
1. The PnBB baby car mirror for car without a headrestPnbb Shatterproof Baby Seat MirrorClearest reflection
2. IdeaPro baby car mirror for a car without a headrest in the backseatIdeapro Universal Car Rear Seat View MirrorUniversal and adaptable
3. Deezio baby car mirror for car with no backseat headrestDeezio Baby Rear View MirrorSafest and strongest materials

1. Pnbb Shatterproof Baby Seat Mirror

The PnBB baby car mirror for car without a headrest

Pnbb is one of the top rated quality baby car mirrors that has been made with your baby’s safety in mind. You can either attach it to your rear windshield or the sun visor clip.

Features

The Good

  • Shatterproof acrylic material
  • Cheaper compared to glass mirrors
  • Easy to clean
  • 360 degree rotation

Not so Good

  • Its price is a bit higher

2. Ideapro Universal Car Rear Seat View Mirror

IdeaPro baby car mirror for a car without a headrest in the backseat

Ideapro is a universal and adaptable rear facing baby car mirror, perfect for keeping an eye on your baby in the back seat, no matter your type of car or installation surface.

Features 

The Good

  • Wide angle convex shape and 360 degrees rotation
  • Does not get fogged or glare at night
  • Affordable price

Not so Good

  • Relatively small size
  • May break at high-impact
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3. Deezio Baby Rear View Mirror

Engineered only from the safest and strongest materials, Deezio provides the best in class baby-to-driver viewing without the need to turn and face back while driving.

Features 

The Good

  • Shatterproof
  • Easy to install and clean
  • Affordable price
  • 100% money back guarantee

Not so Good

  • Relatively small size
  • Reflection is not magnified

4. TedGem Baby Car Mirror

TedGem Baby Car Mirror with a suction cup for attaching to the windscreen

If you are looking for a lightweight and compact yet premium baby car mirror, then Tedgem is for you.

Features

The Good

  • Lightweight and compact
  • Shatter resistant
  • 360 degree adjustability
  • One of the cheapest of all mirrors

Not so Good

  • Resolution may not be the best

5. CARA Rear View Baby Car Back Seat Mirror

CARA Rear View Baby Car Mirror for a Back Seat without a Headrest

Cara is a high-quality mirror with a simple design that ensures ease of use while guaranteeing safety.

Features

The Good

  • Shatterproof
  • Easy but firm and stable installation
  • Incredibly affordable

Not so Good

  • It is a bit small in size
  • Baby car mirror has lights and music to entertain your baby
  • Resolution may not be the best available

6. CATUO Rear Facing Baby Car Mirror

CATUO Baby car mirror for rear facing baby in a car with no headrest

CATUO is an awesome baby backseat mirror that gives a perfect resolution such that from the image you might think you are right there with your baby. Your baby sees you back the same way and thus she will get less lonely and cry less.

Features 

The Good

  • Shatter proof plastic
  • Easy to fit
  • Incredibly affordable
  • Wide view

Not so Good

  • Curved surface makes objects appear smaller

7. KOBWA  Rear Facing Infant/Toddler Back Seat Mirror

KOBWA Rear Facing Back Seat Mirror for Infants and Toddlers

This mirror is like a monitor for your baby in the backseat. You just install it in a jiffy and it frees you from any anxiety about your child throughout the journey.

Features 

The Good

  • Shatter-proof safety
  • Universal applicability
  • Firm and stable installation
  • Wide and clear reflection

Not so Good

  • The clip and suction cups wear fast in how weather

8. CIPA 49606 Dual View Baby Mirror

CIPA 49606 Dual View Baby Mirror for car with no headrest

CIPA is a universal baby car mirror, perfect for dual view, that is, either a rear facing or forward facing child in the car.

Features

The Good

  • Compact design
  • Shatterproof acrylic plastic
  • Universal design

Not so Good

  • Objects appear closer than they are due to its curved surface
  • Baby car mirror has no remote and lights

9. E-Bro Universal Car Rear Seat View Mirror

E-Bro No Headrest Universal Car Rear Seat View Mirror

E-bro baby car mirror for backseat is a new kid on the block and it is truly amazing. Most of the positive features of other mirrors have been accentuated to give you superior performance and zero anxiety about your child when you are behind the wheel.

Features 

The Good

  • Large and clear reflection
  • Easy installation and use
  • Shatter proof plastic
  • A black color matches well with all car interior colors

Not so Good

  • Objects may appear closer than they are

10. Revolity Baby Car Monitor

RevoLity Universal Car Rear Seat Monitor for a car without headrests

Features

The Good

  • Shatterproof acrylic plastic
  • Easy to fit
  • Cheap

Not so Good

  • Clip and suction cups wear out fast
  • Relatively small size

How do you install the suction cup and clip baby car seat mirror in your car?

Installing the suction cup

For this, you need the mirror, the suction cup with rolling ball, pieces of clean cloth and rubbing alcohol, and non-abrasive lubricant.

Clean the windscreen- Clean the windscreen with the piece of cloth wet with alcohol and wipe it dry with another dry piece of cloth.

Clean the suction cup- Clean the interior of the suction cup by rubbing alcohol and wipe it dry with a piece of cloth. Grit or dust in the suction cup may create air spaces causing it to pull off the windscreen. Therefore, repeat the cleaning and wiping process until you are satisfied that the surface is clean enough.

Moisten the suction cup-Apply moisture to the suction cup. Place a drop of non-abrasive lubricant such as skin oil in the suction cup and spread around. Moistening the suction cup has a number of benefits:

  1. A suction cup works well when the suction air is lukewarm and the lubricant helps to warm the suction cup. So if it is a chilly day, you need a lubricant that will warm the suction cup and won’t evaporate fast. Wild Birds Unlimited recommends rubbing some skin oil to your face and then rubbing it off your face and unto the suction cup.
  2. Lubrication reduces friction thus giving your suction cup a longer life.

Lock the suction cup in place- When you are content that the suction cup interior is moist and damp, open the lever and bring the suction cup to the part of the windscreen that you cleaned and press it. Make sure it is firmly in position. While still pressing, close the lever or lock latch back in place. Try to pull it and feel whether it is rigid enough.

Ensure that you install the suction cup higher up the windscreen because that way it allows visibility below it and it is easier to tilt it and attain a full view of your lil’ one in the car seat.

Fix the mirror and rotate it.-Take the mirror and press its socket on the back onto the rolling ball until it snaps into place.

Please check on this short video on how to install suction cups

Achieving the desired angle of view- Rotate the mirror to achieve your desired view of your baby.

However, this is easier said than done and it will require a lot reiteration to achieve the correct position. This may need you to sit on the driver’s seat as you normally do and check whether the mirror is in a position that provides the desired view. If not, go back to the back seat and repeat the process. An alternative would be to have a helper in the back seat who will keep on adjusting the baby car mirror as you confirm the view at the driver’s seat.

Clipping on the sun visor

This method is mostly used when you have a forward facing toddler.

Pull down the sun visor.

Press to open the baby car mirror clip and attach it to the sun visor. Ensure that it is firmly fixed.

Press the car mirror socket onto the rolling ball until it snaps into position.

Adjust the mirror angle to achieve the required view.

Safety concerns: do you really need a baby car mirror?

Safety concerns have been raised regarding the use of baby car mirrors.

Some people claim that these backseat mirrors can become projectiles during a car crash and hit either your child or another passenger.

Secondly, some users claim that they distract the driver.

Others claim that they reflect other vehicles’ headlights thus becoming a source of background glare.

But our countercharge is that all these are short sighted claims.

Let’s deconstruct these claims one by one:

1. There are so many objects in your car that could become projectiles in the event of an accident, and most of them are looser than the baby car mirror or they are entirely unfastened. These include water bottles, lunch box, toys, and so on. To confirm again, each of the baby car mirrors that we review is shatterproof and crash tested to ensure that it won’t fly off or break into fragments in case of a car crash.

And since they are adjustable through 360 degrees, if your baby is in one of the end seats, you can install the mirror in the middle position so that it won’t fly directly into him or her.

But of course, you should ensure that you don’t use a baby car mirror with a worn out suction cup or clip.

2. Here is the fact: the anxiety of not knowing whether your baby is choking or sleeping in her car seat is more  distracting than the ability to quickly glance into the baby car mirror reflection. The ability to glance into the mirror either puts you at ease or lets you know what action to take if there is a problem. After all, you always glance into the rear view mirrors to check the traffic behind you.

In addition, your baby is put at ease when she sees you smiling at her in the mirror. She knows that mummy or daddy is still with her.

3. To avoid the night glare, if your baby is in one of the end seats, install the mirror in the middle position and tilt it away from other vehicles’ headlights.

 

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Sarah
 

I consider myself a car girl, having grown up messing things at my dad’s auto repair workshop in Springfield, MO. When I was 16 my father bought me a 1981 Isuzu Piazza, through which I first experienced the power of turbo charger and the smooth Lotus inputs. I did my Bachelors at the University of Michigan where I got involved in outdoor activities such as hiking and backpacking in Ann Arbor. After college I worked in the car insurance industry where I got to appreciate the importance of good car parts for safety and claims issues. I later settled down to manage my dad’s garage. In 2016 I combined my 15 years of experience in the automobile industry and launched this site to provide expert advice on car safety, car care, and outdoor stuff. I am also active on social media and you can find me on Pinterest.

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Chris

What a fastidious review and buyer guide I couldn’t help but read through it all. I have loved the Ideapro. I wanna try it

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