Don’t you wish you had a crystal ball to be able to tell what is making your baby upset? One of the most frustrating parts about parenting and taking care of a pre-verbal child is to see their suffering and feeling at a loss when it comes to interpretation. The earlier your child is able to convey their needs the less frustration he or she will experience. Let’s take a look at some of the basic needs experienced by babies and toddlers and let’s learn the signs that can help our little ones communicate with us so we can quickly address their needs
Hunger & Thirst
When you look at our starter guide for beginners you will see that the signs for milk and more are at the top of the list. Most parents using baby sign language report that milk is the first sign their baby is able to use often followed by mommy or dog. As you begin to empower your baby to convey needs associated to nutrition consider teaching him the following signs:
There are plenty of triggers for irritation and every baby will react differently to their environment. Feeling sick, discomfort from their clothing, feeling too warm or too cold or being fearful of a new person or thing in their environment can all trigger a sense of irritation. Here are a few signs we can teach our little ones to help them convey their need to address areas of discomfort or irritation:
Sleepy or Tired
This is a pretty common source of crankiness in babies. The need for sleep will change day to day based on maturity and activity level, for this reason it is essential that our little ones are able to convey the need for rest. Let’s practice a few signs that can prove useful when we want our little ones to be able to tell us that it is time for a little rest:
Needs to be Held
The need for physical touch is essential for proper emotional development. Babies need to be held, not just to be put to sleep but on a regular basis as a sensorial activity where they learn appropriate responses to touch and affection. These are our favorite signs to help babies convey this need:
Trapped Air or Colic
The feeling of bloat can frustrate a baby to no end. As parents we should be able to recognize the symptoms of discomfort, however it always helps if our little ones can give us some idea of what is wrong. Let’s learn these signs:
Believe me you are going to need this! Depending on how early you begin potty training these signs may be around for the first three years if not a little longer. Learning these signs early will help accelerate potty training and reduce your frustration.
This is a very difficult season. I believe both you and baby will benefit from learning some of the signs associated to teething but in this case I highly suggest keen observation. Take note of the following signs:
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.