Observe adult and child in front of a large mirror after a bath or during mirror play.
Have a large mirror available. Ask the adult and child to play in front of the mirror.
The child looks in the mirror and studies both faces. The infant may reach out and pat the images.
Mirror play is an important way infants learn about themselves. Initially, they are just interested in the different images. They do not recognize the image as themselves. Encourage mirror play (with safe mirrors) after the bath, in the crib, or during playtime.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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