Yesterday I walked through the Valentine’s candy aisle and could not help it notice the abundance of references to hugs and kisses. I love Valentine’s and have beautiful memories of making crafts and baking goodies throughout the years. I also have not-so-sweet recollections of teasing by my siblings and friends through the use of childhood rhymes that most of us know and recall. “….kissing on a tree” and others were our late January and February daily bread.
In our home we are radically affectionate and express our love in every possible way. We are also careful to respect and teach respect related to personal boundaries. We believe that every boy and girl owns their body and deserves the dignity that comes with being able to control physical touch. In instilling these principles early on our hope is to raise well-grounded individuals who freely and joyfully give and receive physical affection in a context that makes them feel happy, secure and comfortable.
Today I want to take a moment to share with you a few signs that will equip your baby and toddler with the necessary means to convey their emotional preferences when it comes to hugging, kissing, snuggling and other forms of physical affection.
Love & Hold Your Baby From Day One
Little ones will learn about affection, tenderness and touch from those that are nearest. As a mom, dad or caregiver you have the privilege of holding and hugging a little one in ways that reinforce a sense of security and teach your little ones about proper ways of expressing affection.
Teach Your Baby About Options
Empowering your baby is essential to their emotional development. Give your little one options when they seek comfort. When our little ones are distressed we offer to hold them, to hold their hand or to simply tuck them in bed with their lovey .
Show Your Baby How to Ask & How to Say No
Be intentional in showing your child that he or she can freely ask for a hug or a kiss and has the right to decline giving or receiving one. As you teach by example always make sure that your tone is gentle and full of acceptance and love.
Let’s print a few signs to help our babies freely communicate their emotions so they can give and receive hugs and kisses in ways that are wholesome and positive.
One of the best ways to get started with our program is through the use of our beautifully designed baby sign language kits. Our kits are rated five stars and contain everything you need from pre-birth until preschool. Many of the signs needed to help your baby develop life skills are included in our flash card set and handy dictionary. Additionally, your baby will be able to sing-along with Rachel from Baby Signing Time as he or she learns to imitate facial expressions that communicate a variety of emotions.
The Standard Baby Sign Language Kit, bundles together everything you need to get started with signing in one box, at a steep discount. The kit includes: (1) Baby Sign Language Guide Book; (2) Baby Sign Language Dictionary: (3) Baby Sign Language Flash Cards; and (4) Baby Sign Language Wall Chart.
Baby Sign Language Guide Book shows you how to teach your child how to sign. The book begins with a Quick Start Guide that will teach you your first signs and having you ready to sign in 30 minutes. As your baby progresses, you can delve into more advanced topics like combining signs to make phrases, using props, and transitioning to speech. (Regularly $19.95)
Baby Sign Language Dictionary contains over 600 signs including the most common words, the alphabet and numbers. The dictionary helps you expand your child’s vocabulary, and has the breadth of coverage that lets you follow any child’s natural interests. Each sign is illustrated with two or more diagrams, showing you the starting position, the ending position, and intermediate motion. This makes learning new signs easy. (Regularly $19.95)
Baby Sign Language Flash Cards include 52 sturdy board (4×6 inches) flash cards, covering a variety of basic signs. The flash cards allow you to teach words, such as animal names, that Baby is not exposed to in everyday life. The face of the flash cards shows the word and image for the child. The back of the flash cards show how the sign is performed, a handy reminder for the adult. (Regularly $24.95)
Baby Sign Language Wall Chart includes 22 basic signs, and makes a handy reminder for caregivers. The Baby Sign Language Wall Chart covers basic signs, like eat, drink, and sleep. Hang the poster in Baby’s Nursery to help babysitters, or other occasional caregivers learn and decode the most commonly used baby signs. (Regularly $9.95)
Baby Sign Language Guide Book
Learn the best techniques for effectively teaching baby sign language. Including:
• Quick Start Guide – learn the first 10 signs and the basic principles required to start teaching your baby to sign (Chapter 1).
• Advanced Teaching Methods – use teaching aids like books, flash cards, and toys to keep lessons interesting and challenging (Chapter 5).
• Phrases – teach your baby to combine signs and communicate more complex thoughts (Chapter 6).
• Taming the Terrible Twos – reduce frustration and tantrums by enabling your toddler to communicate (Chapter 7).
• Transitioning to Speech – use sign language to expedite and improve speech development (Chapter 8).
Baby Sign Language Flash Cards
52 high quality flash cards (4 x 6″). Featuring:
• Clean Images – real life pictures, isolated on a white background to make learning easier.
• Signs on the Rear – diagrams on the back illustrating the signign motion in case you need a reminder.
• Baby Friendly – printed on thick stock so little hands can play with the cards and they will live to play another day.
Baby Sign Language Dictionary
The Baby Sign Language Dictionary includes :
• Words (500+) – learn signs for nearly every topic of interest.
• Letters – sign the alphabet and teach basic spelling.
• Numbers (0-10) – introduce counting and basic mathematics.
Baby Sign Language Wall Chart
The full color wall chart (24 x 36″) includes 17 everyday signs. Use the wall chart for:
• Caregivers – help babysitters and other caregivers learn the basic signs so they can understand baby’s signs.
• Family – teach family the basic signs so they can join in the fun.