Sassy Inc., in Kentwood Michigan, makes a nice variety of infant and children’s toys. We have found the best inventory of Sassy newborn and infant toys at the local Toys R Us store. There were so many to choose from that I had a hard time deciding on which toys to purchase.
One of the “toys” that I bought for my five week old granddaughter was the Sassy Carrier Mirror. This comes packaged so that you can see, touch and feel the actual carrier, which I really appreciated. The package pictures a young baby seated in a car seat, with the Sassy Mirror Carrier fastened to each side of the upper handles. The baby seems mesmerized by the mirror and spinning balls!
The Sassy Mirror Carrier measures twelve inches in length and is about four and a half inches wide at the widest point of the “mirror”. The large oval section in the center looks like a real mirror, but I am sure this is not real glass as it is not heavy and it can be scratched. It might consist of some sort of metal. Whatever it is made from, it really does reflect well, and allows a baby to see their own face.
To the left and right of this mirror are two spinning balls that a baby can hit with their hands to help stimulate their vision. One half of each ball is a solid color, black with white spots and white with black spots, but the other halves have a clear plastic cover with a reflective lining to the ball. Each of these balls are then filled with three brightly colored plastic beads that move around freely.
The box states that this Sassy Mirror Carrier is intended for children age zero plus years, which to me indicates a newborn to infant stage. The packaging also lets us know that the Sassy Mirror Carrier is paint free, so it is safer than painted toys that were so popular years ago.
Last, on the top of the Sassy Mirror Carrier is a yellow and orange caterpillar hidden in some fake “grass”. This toy connects to a stroller, car seat or baby carrier quite easily. There are two blue elastic straps coming from each end (near the spinning balls), and these have a hook and loop style fasteners. Simply place the straps around the handles of your babies stroller and fasten them quickly with the fasteners. These hold the Sassy Mirror Carrier very securely. Since the elastic has a fair amount of stretch to it, the toy can be used in a variety of brand name carriers.
The back of the box gives some helpful information about babies color vision, stating that it is not developed enough to see things straight in front of them very well. Instead they see high contrast colors like black and white (the spinning balls), and that they see things better “from the sides of their eyes”. Sassy suggests you place this eight to twelve inches from your babies face.
The manufacturer also explains why bold colors and patterns are preferred by babies, and that is because they stimulate the neurons in the brain, which “sharpens visual perception”.
We generally use this on the handle of our babies swing and portable bed. She will lay there and stare at the objects for quite some time. If I turn the balls so that the beads rattle around, and so that she can see the shiny reflective backing of the balls, her ability to be calm and take it all in is drastically increased as well.
It is important to stimulate your baby, and I am very pleased with the Sassy Mirror Carrier. It wasn’t very expensive, and should prove to be a helpful aid in the months to come.