Five Ways Baby Sign Language is Helping Babies Deal With Anxiety & Fear

How to Help Your Baby Overcome Anxiety

“Anxiety is rooted in uncertainty; empowering a baby to communicate basic needs

is the key to a less anxious and more content little one.” 

Let’s talk baby anxiety. One of the most commonly voiced concerns from parents is knowing how to meet and understand the needs of their babies. The earlier a parent learns to recognize and address specific needs and wants the better it will be for everyone involved. During the first six months every mom and dad makes a concerted effort to identify general needs for food, warmth and security. But even when a parent invests a great deal of time and personal attention with baby it is not uncommon to face a tantrum or a frustrated child who is unable to voice their true needs.

Teaching our babies how to sign will give them the communication tools needed for the pre-verbal stage. During the pre-verbal stage babies are not anatomically or intellectually ready for speech but are able to understand concepts. Language development begins during the neonatal stage but most little ones don’t begin speaking until age one to two. Let’s take a look at five common situations where having mastered basic baby signs will make a world of difference.

Nourishment

When we developed our introductory guide to baby sign language we asked many friends and everyone agreed that hunger and thirst are the most common reasons for a frustrated baby. In fact, if there is one sign you want to teach your baby first, it is the sign for milk. For some parents this is done in the context of lactation, for others the sign is introduced as soon as the baby begins to take formula.

Environmental Comfort

We loved introducing our babies to signs related to environmental comfort. Cold and hot were part of our ten first signs. We reinforce the signs by signing cold when we are about to go outside and signing hot when our babies get sweaty and we are about to remove their layers. We also use games of contrast by putting a couple of bowls with iced water and warm water.

Emotional Needs

We firmly believe that affection and attention are as important as food. To help our babies communicate emotional needs we incorporated signs like hug and scared. We also taught our kids to sign when they wanted to be picked up.

Recreation & Exploration

Every baby is unique and they will form unique interests based on their personality. When babies become bored it is not uncommon to see expressions of frustration and anxiety through crying. To help your baby further explore his interests consider teaching signs for objects and locations that bring your baby joy and satisfaction. We were quick to introduce the signs for playground, bear (for a favorite teddy) and outside. It is beautiful to see our little ones sign to let us know their specific desire to engage with a particular toy or head to a certain setting like the park.

Favorite People

We can’t emphasize this enough. Knowing the signs that identify those that mean the most to our babies will totally change their communication dynamic. Signs like mom, dad, grandma and nanny can allow your baby to quickly access the person they need the most.

 

If you have not yet started to sign with your baby we invite you to take a look at our quick start guide. Thousands of parents around the world have benefited from sign language. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to give your baby an edge.

 

Thank You Georgia Preschool Association For Letting Us Be Part of Your Annual Conference

The team at babysignlanguage.com is often invited to participate in a variety of educational events aimed at early child development professionals. Whether we come in as a keynote speaker or as a supplemental breakout session we always come in full of enthusiasm and depart full of hope having built new friendships with amazing professionals tasked with shaping the next generation.

This past February we had the privilege of participating in the Georgia Preschool Association Annual Conference. During our workshop educators had the opportunity to learn advanced teaching techniques for baby sign language as well as ways to maximize signing opportunities in the classroom. We had an amazing time and we can’t wait until next year.

Attendees had the opportunity to learn through interactive engagement and ask questions specific to their own classroom needs.

Georgia Preschool Association

If your organization or school district is looking for ways to unleash the potential of your youngest students while improving pre-verbal communication consider giving us a call. Our workshops are highly rated and provide practical knowledge that truly makes a difference in the classroom. You can reach us at questions@babysignlanguage.com

Easter Signs To Teach Your Baby During The Easter Week

We hope your Easter week is off to  magnificent start. If you are lucky enough to be on Easter break here is to a lovely fun & family-filled vacation. We have always emphasized the importance of contextually teaching signs; to that end this week is a fantastic opportunity to teach our toddlers seasonally themed signs. Let’s get started:

 

Bunny

The sign for bunny is super simple and extra fun. You can watch the video tutorial to learn how to sign bunny here.

bunny sign

 

Basket

To teach our toddlers to sign basket let them use a small basket to play games in which your baby is encouraged to pick up items of the same color or shape. By playing this game not only do we have an opportunity to familiarize our baby with baskets, we can also help them learn to form groupings. You can watch the video tutorial for basket by clicking here.

basket sign

 

Find

While we are learning to sign basket why not hide a few objects in order to help our babies understand the concept in a highly contextual setting. You can watch the video tutorial for the sign find here.

find sign

 

Grass

When we teach the sign for grass, we give our baby the opportunity to touch the grass. We also contrast it by walking on the sidewalk and then stepping on the grass. You can find the video tutorial for the sign for grass here.

grass

 

Candy

In our home we do pre-Easter hunts. The idea is to help our babies become familiar with the ritual. For our in-home hunts we place small candy inside plastic eggs. You can watch the video tutorial for candy by clicking here.

candy sign

Chocolate

If you are ready to let your little one discover the joys of chocolate begin by letting them taste and contrast the flavor of chocolate against other flavors. We do it by making chocolate milk, strawberry milk and banana milk. You can watch the video tutorial for chocolate by clicking here.

chocolate sign

 

Egg

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to teach your baby how to sign egg. Make sure you clarify and show your little one graphics of the egg shell as well as a cooked egg (sunny side up) to help him or her better grasp the concept. You can watch the video tutorial for egg by clicking here

egg sign

 

Family

We adore this sign. In our home we use the sign for family in the context of a song. We all get to call out our names and then we sign family in unison. You can watch the video tutorial for family here.

family sign

 

Jesus

You are going to see this sign incorporated to many of the song and sign dynamics taking place at various christian denomination churches. You can watch the video tutorial for Jesus by clicking here.

jesus

 

If you found this information useful, check out our award winning baby sign language kit. It includes more than 600 signs, covers advanced teaching methods for faster results, and includes fun teaching aids like flash cards.

 

baby sign language kit

The Deluxe 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)

100% Signing Guarantee

Your baby signs to your complete satisfaction, or you get a full refund.

No questions. No time limits. No regrets.

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 kit

Sarah learned her first 10 signs at six month and it made our lives much easier. Instead of screaming, she could tell us when she was hungry, thirsty, or tired. She learned another 50 signs by nine months and that was a blast. Now she is talking much earlier than the other children in her preschool and we think it is because of her signing.

We can’t imagine missing out on all the little things she shared with baby sign language. Thank You!

– Bennett & Melissa Z., CA

Pediatrician Approved

“It’s easy to see why so many parents swear by it, why child care centers include it in their infant and toddler classrooms, and why it has become so commonplace as an activity of daily learning … we approve.”

Heading Home With Your Newborn (Second Edition)

Dr. Laura A. Jana MD FAAP & Dr .Jennifer Shu MD FAAP

American Academy of Pediatricians

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 kit

I was thrilled to see how easy the signs were for Abigail (3) and Eden (21 months). Much to my surprise they could figure out many of the signs from the flashcards on their own.

– Carrie P., TX

Study: Signing Enriches

“The Sign Training group told us over and over again … [signing] made communication easier and interactions more positive.”

“these data demonstrate clearly that … [signing] … seems to “jump start” verbal development”

“can facilitate and enrich interactions between parent and child”

Impact of Symbolic Gesturing on Early Language Development

Dr. Susan Goodwyn, Dr. Linda Acredolo, & Dr. Catherine Brown

Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

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 kit

Nicholas loves his signs and it lights up our lives every time he shares one of his little secrets. He is so observant, and we would miss it all without the signs.

– Donald Family, NY

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.

baby sign language kit

Everyone thought I was nuts when I started. A month later, all my friends saw Michelle’s first signs. Then they wanted to know how they could start.

Michelle is talking now and doesn’t sign much anymore, but it gave her a headstart over other children her age. Everyone says she talks like a three year old. Now she is helping me teach her baby brother Jordan how to sign.

– Adelaide S., CA

Study: Better in School

A group of second graders who signed as infants, performed better academically than a control group six years later. The signers had a 12 IQ point advantage.

Longterm Impact of Symbolic Gesturing During Infancy at Age 8

Dr. Linda P. Acredolo (Professor, U.C. Davis)

Dr. Susan W. Goodwyn (Professor, California State University)

100% No Regret Guarantee

Your baby loves signing, or a full refund.

As you can tell, we love Baby Sign Language. It transformed the way we interacted with our children, and we want every family to have the opportunity. Baby Sign Language will make a difference for your child. Give it a try.

If for any reason you aren’t completely blown away, we will cheerfully give you a complete refund, including standard shipping. No time limit. We are that confident!

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Awesome Baby Signs We Can Teach Our Babies in Spring

For many parts of the country this is turning out to be a super early spring. It is beautiful outside and that means it is finally time for outdoor play focused on discovery and the development of motor skills.

We love the change of seasons, with it we receive the gift of new experiences, a gift that we can pass along to our little ones

Get your baby a pair of wellies, gardening clogs or even a pair of old shoes and head outside to enjoy the sunshine and share some experiential learning

Take Time To Smell The Flowers

Head to the garden with your baby

Exploring the explosion of blooms will give you the opportunity to teach your baby signs for objects such as flower and leaf. You can also teach your baby about their senses by teaching them signs like smell and see.

Walk After The Rain

Signing on a rainy day

I have distinct memories of a childhood well lived. My mother always made time to take us for walks right after spring showers. Dressed for the occasion with the most lovely rain boots we headed out to jump in water puddles.  When it rains we can teach our babies signs like rainbow, rain and wet.

Plant a Vegetable Garden

Signing vegetables

This is my absolute favorite activity. When we plant a garden our babies have the opportunity to witness growth and learn about patience and care. We created a really neat guide with printables to help you plant a garden and teach your baby relevant gardening and vegetables baby signs. You can find the post here.

Go To The Park

baby sign language in the park

You may not be able to go on epic vacations but everyone has a park nearby to enjoy. Take your little one to the park and learn signs like picnic, park, playground and even ice cream.

Discover Your Own Backyard

playing in garden

Why not take time to look for snails, fly a kite or play with a ball in your own backyard. Embracing the simple things in life can be a great tool to teach your baby meaningful and relevant signs that will amplify their communication skills and help you both develop a deeper bond.

In addition to thousands of free printables and mini video tutorials you can also order a Premium Baby Sign Language Kit. Our kits contain 12 beautiful resources like DVDs with songs and durable flash cards to give your baby the best tools to accelerate learning.

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Baby Sign Language Training, Workshops, Keynote Sessions, Conferences & Other Fun Stuff

Thousands of early childhood educators and speech therapists have embraced the importance of baby sign language as a transitional communication tool for pre-verbal children. This is great news for everyone, particularly for the little ones that are benefiting directly from having the means to convey basic needs. Recently one of our founders had the opportunity to spend the whole day with a group of delightful educators. We can’t begin to tell you how much fun we have hosting train the trainer sessions and giving teachers the opportunity to ask questions and clarify teaching techniques.

Look at these confident educators!

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Let’s All Sign, Cheese!

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Let’s All Sign, All Done!

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We can’t wait to meet your group in person. The training team at babysignlanguage.com has been rated five-stars and provides workshops that are results-driven. Educators and parents are empowered to use advanced teaching techniques that will expedite signing and help babies and toddlers develop communication skills earlier than ever.

You can contact us at questions@babysignlanguage.com to discuss your next training and development event.

Teach Your Baby Ten Signs & Get Your Premium Baby Sign Language Kit for Free

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If you are a fan of baby sign language chances are you take advantage of the endless free digital resources we provide. In fact, when we first embarked on this project our goal was to make sure every baby in the world could have quality materials regardless of the parent’s ability to purchase it. Like we do every year we want to provide every parent, grandparent, caregiver and educator the opportunity to have a Premium Baby Sign Language Kit containing everything you and your baby need to start signing and progress into advanced pre-verbal communication absolutely FREE.

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Purchase your premium baby sign language kit between March 1st and April 1st 2016 get started with the program and get ready to receive a full refund upon graduation.

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Time is Limited You Must Purchase Your Premium Kit Between

March 1st and April 1st 2016

Send us a video of baby signing 10 signs or more and enclose a paragraph telling us your signing story and upon approval we will refund you the purchase price of your Premium Baby Sign Language Kit.

Send us a Video of Your Baby Signing 10 Signs or More

& Receive 100% refund of your purchase price

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Here are some samples:

These moms and dads together with their babies took up the challenge and received a full refund. Our premium kit with 12 excellent resources to teach your baby how to sign is currently on sale for $84.99. You can purchase yours here.

Some Tips That Will Help:

We are looking for babies between four and eighteen months to best feature the benefits of BSL. (If your baby is slightly older or younger submit your  video, we won’t be checking IDs). Here are some tips for making a great video.

  1. Make sure there is lots of good lighting
  2. Seriously, you can’t have enough light
  3. Use the highest resolution video capture available (iPhone / Smartphone videos are fine)
  4. Catch baby in a playful mood, clothed and clean
  5. Try to maintain an uncluttered backdrop and foreground
  6. Limit background noise or distractions (TV off)
  7. No editing necessary
  8. 1 to 5 minute videos

The small print:

  • Your video must be set in landscape format, be clear (not shaky) and have a clean and orderly background if at home or contextual background if you are making a compilation of baby signs in real-life and on the road. 
  • It can be a continuous recording or you can stitch it from different takes if that is easier for you.
  • The video must have a minimum of 10 signs
  • We want you to enclose a paragraph telling us about your signing experience. Please make it 300 to 500 words
  • There is no time limit for submission but we do ask for baby to be under 24 months at the time of the video
  • Videos are subject to the approval of our Multimedia Manager, but don’t worry if yours needs revisions we will email you and give you a chance to retake.
  • We do all the editing for you. It is OK to submit raw video as long as it is good quality.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. When is the time limit for submission?

-No time limit as long as your baby is under 24 months at the time the video is recorded.

2. Can I do a time-lapse as my baby progresses?

Yes, we encourage you to keep the camera rolling and stitch together the best moments of baby’s learning journey.

3. Can I participate if I am outside the United States?

Yes you may, keep in mind that we will only refund the cost of the Premium Kit. You are responsible for shipping costs, but we Do ship worldwide and your shipping fees are only $19.95.

4. Can I include more than one baby?

Absolutely! If you have multiples or you run a daycare you are encouraged to participate.

5: Do I need to present proof of purchase?

Yes, you will need to send us a copy of your purchase confirmation email. Make sure you keep it.

6. How long does it take for my kit to arrive?

We send our kits via media mail. Expect to receive your kit in three to ten days.

 

Send your video & story to:

mey.lau@babysignlanguage.com
 

 

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Context or Repetition? Learn Which One Matters Most When It Comes to Baby Sign Language & Watch a Fantastic TED Talk!

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Raising a baby comes with endless questions all rooted on our deep desire to give our kiddos the very best opportunity to have a successful and happy life. We want to make sure that we are doing whatever it takes to maximize our baby’s potential. That is why we are not surprised when we receive emails from awesome moms and dads who have embraced baby sign language and want clarification to make certain they are giving their baby the best chances to learn quickly and with ease. When it comes to teaching, methodology does matter. That is why every kit we sell includes our Comprehensive Baby Sign Language Teaching Guide. Our teaching guide provides parents with teaching methods created to match different learning styles and gives pointers that are easy to use and to recall. But even after reading our guide a common question we receive relates to when and how to teach baby signs. Specifically, parents want to know if repetition is more important than context.

To help you fully understand how language develops we want to invite you to watch this beautiful TED talk recorded in 2011 by MIT researcher Deb Roy. In sharing this with you our goal is to encourage engagement, contextually and a commitment to meet your child at their level in order to harmoniously and gently bring him into the world of communication.

Seek Opportunities To Expose Your Baby To New Ideas

Go beyond the flash card! Flash cards should serve to reinforce concepts but primarily you should look for real-life opportunities that allow your baby to experience sensations, see objects and have interactions that are meaningful and will help expand their vocabulary. Nature walks, cooking sessions, three-dimensional toys, visits to zoos and museums and play dates are just the start.

Maximize Human Engagement

Don’t rely solely on apps, television, IPad. Your baby needs to have the three-dimensionality and emotional response that takes place when he or she engages with their caregivers. Find time and opportunities to spend one-on-one time with your baby

 

Teach Your Babies Words That Matter Most to Them

Be observant and begin taking note of the things that  capture your child’s attention and imagination. Every baby is different but in most instances we can get started with basic needs like food.

Enunciate With Clarity

Your baby will only sign for a season in life. Because it is just a transitional tool it is very important that you sign and speak clearly at the same time. You want your baby to associate the word with the sign in order for him to become verbal as soon as he is able.

 

If you found this information useful, check out our award winning baby sign language kit. It includes more than 600 signs, covers advanced teaching methods for faster results, and includes fun teaching aids like flash cards.

 

baby sign language kit

The Deluxe 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)

100% Signing Guarantee

Your baby signs to your complete satisfaction, or you get a full refund.

No questions. No time limits. No regrets.

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 kit

Sarah learned her first 10 signs at six month and it made our lives much easier. Instead of screaming, she could tell us when she was hungry, thirsty, or tired. She learned another 50 signs by nine months and that was a blast. Now she is talking much earlier than the other children in her preschool and we think it is because of her signing.

We can’t imagine missing out on all the little things she shared with baby sign language. Thank You!

– Bennett & Melissa Z., CA

Pediatrician Approved

“It’s easy to see why so many parents swear by it, why child care centers include it in their infant and toddler classrooms, and why it has become so commonplace as an activity of daily learning … we approve.”

Heading Home With Your Newborn (Second Edition)

Dr. Laura A. Jana MD FAAP & Dr .Jennifer Shu MD FAAP

American Academy of Pediatricians

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 kit

I was thrilled to see how easy the signs were for Abigail (3) and Eden (21 months). Much to my surprise they could figure out many of the signs from the flashcards on their own.

– Carrie P., TX

Study: Signing Enriches

“The Sign Training group told us over and over again … [signing] made communication easier and interactions more positive.”

“these data demonstrate clearly that … [signing] … seems to “jump start” verbal development”

“can facilitate and enrich interactions between parent and child”

Impact of Symbolic Gesturing on Early Language Development

Dr. Susan Goodwyn, Dr. Linda Acredolo, & Dr. Catherine Brown

Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

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 kit

Nicholas loves his signs and it lights up our lives every time he shares one of his little secrets. He is so observant, and we would miss it all without the signs.

– Donald Family, NY

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.

baby sign language kit

Everyone thought I was nuts when I started. A month later, all my friends saw Michelle’s first signs. Then they wanted to know how they could start.

Michelle is talking now and doesn’t sign much anymore, but it gave her a headstart over other children her age. Everyone says she talks like a three year old. Now she is helping me teach her baby brother Jordan how to sign.

– Adelaide S., CA

Study: Better in School

A group of second graders who signed as infants, performed better academically than a control group six years later. The signers had a 12 IQ point advantage.

Longterm Impact of Symbolic Gesturing During Infancy at Age 8

Dr. Linda P. Acredolo (Professor, U.C. Davis)

Dr. Susan W. Goodwyn (Professor, California State University)

100% No Regret Guarantee

Your baby loves signing, or a full refund.

As you can tell, we love Baby Sign Language. It transformed the way we interacted with our children, and we want every family to have the opportunity. Baby Sign Language will make a difference for your child. Give it a try.

If for any reason you aren’t completely blown away, we will cheerfully give you a complete refund, including standard shipping. No time limit. We are that confident!

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Baby Alastair Signs Over 40 different Baby Signs at 15 Months Old. Read His Story & Watch His Video

When will my baby start using baby sign language?

If you are visiting our website chances are you are already hard at work teaching your baby basic baby signs or you are further along in your journey and you are wondering if your baby is progressing at a “normal” pace. We have all asked ourselves the same question and the best way to give you some idea where you stand progress-wise is to share testimonies of other moms who have made it a point to document their baby sign language journey.

As you read Norah’s testimony please remember that learning and teaching styles are different. Communicational needs also vary from family to family. With that in mind here are Norah’s observations and teaching approach with baby Alastair:

“We began signing to Alastair when he was 3 months old

we kept adding signs even when he did not sign back”

 

“Alastair began signing back to us when he was 11 months old”

 

“Alastair is consistent with favorite signs such as yes, kitty, more, dog and please”

 

“Since 13 months he has been putting them together – “sleep dad” when dad is asleep, “milk sleep” when he wants to nurse to sleep.  This experience has been wonderful and we look forward to continuing to sign with him and watch him absorb it all.”

 

“At 15 months all Alastair can sign over 40 signs”

Norah’s tells us that Alastair loves Baby Signing Time videos. She had no plans on introducing him to screen time until he was two but he shows great love toward the show and even signs the sign for “time” when he wants to spend time watching Rachel and singing along. Alastair and his mom Norah used the Premium Baby Sign Language Kit in combination with our printable resources. Soon, he will be verbal and baby sign language will be replaced by beautiful words that can be supported with the sign for clarity until he can enunciate with clarity.

Have a baby sign language story? send it to videos@babysignlanguage.com

Five Trendy and Super Cool Baby Signs You Need To Teach Your Baby Right Away

If you are a highly engaged parent chances are your baby is already on top of the basics of sign language. For most little ones the basics comes down to the signs that will help them communicate basic needs and reduce frustration as it relates to nutrition, rest and emotional feedback. By the time they are one year old many babies will have mastered signs like more and milk.

But why stop with the basics? Communicational needs evolve based on trends and specific lifestyles. Join us as we explore ten awesome trendy signs your baby needs to learn ASAP.

IPad

Let’s get started with this super popular baby sign. You may or may not decide to use technology during early developmental stages. Regardless of the path you choose to follow chances are your little one will be curious about your devices.

IPad

You can find the dictionary entry for IPad in baby sign language here and you can print the IPad flash card here.

Avocado

The first English-language mention of avocado was by Sir Henry Sloane in 1696, but avocados have been around for thousands of years.  In the last decade avocados have had a resurgence in popularity and have become a staple item at most households. Super versatile and useful as a baby food that provides healthy fats the avocado is a baby sign that invites your little ones to develop food preferences early on. Many experts recommend avocado as part of the baby-led weaning process.

Avocado

You can find the dictionary entry for avocado here and you can print the Avocado flash card here.

Don’t Hit

Terrible twos are just around the corner. Many new parents are surprised when their little ones resort to violence to express their emotions. Learning the sign for don’t hit equips the parent with a discreet way to communicate with their toddler in social settings.  This is a favorite of parents with little ones attending daycare.

Toddler Hitting

You can find the dictionary entry for don’t hit here and you can print the don’t hit flash card here.

 

Earphones

If you are raising a technologically savvy and musically inclined baby sooner or later they will embrace headphones for private listening. You will be thankful for this sign during long road trips where your preferences in background sound may not be perfectly aligned with the needs of your baby.

Earphones

You can find the dictionary entry for earphones here and you can print the earphones flash card here.

Bacon

Foodies rejoice. If you are raising your little one to embrace all manner of tasty food and bacon is at the top of your list you don’t want to miss this sign.

Bacon
You can find the dictionary entry for bacon here and you can print the earphones flash card here.

Sophia Signs! A Baby Sign Language Video Story That Will Melt Your Heart

Sophia Signs

Sometimes asking a question can unearth beautiful stories worth sharing. A few days ago we received a video submission featuring a beautiful little girl signing her heart away with great enthusiasm. Her mom forwarded her video as part of our popular Summer of Signing Challenge. In response to her submission we asked a few questions to get a better idea of what worked for her and her babies. Her reply to our questions absolutely melted our hearts.

Sophia, words cannot express how precious you are and how much we admire all that you do  to make your brother’s life awesome.

We are sharing Sophia’s mom responses verbatim. We hope this story encourages and fills your heart with happiness and hope.

1. What is Sophia’s favorite food?

Sophia loves macaroni and cheese. However she is not picky, she will pretty much eat anything!

2. Is Sophia speaking now?

Yes but she prefers to sign.

If so what was her first spoken word?

She initially babbled mama and dada but her first spoken word was hat!

3. Does Sophia have siblings?

Yes one brother, his name is Kalob

4.Does she sign with her siblings?

Yes she does! Sophia is such a jewel. She is charismatic, caring, funny, and lovable. Sophia’s brother Kalob is special needs. He has CHARGE Syndrome along with other impairments like hearing loss and vision loss. He understands sign but does not communicate back with sign or speech yet. Our goal was not only to get Sophia to communicate her wants and needs with sign, but to get her to communicate with her brother! The sweetest thing is that Sophia signs with him all the time. If we go to the aquarium, she makes sure she goes up to her brother and signs “fish” so he knows that there are fish in EVERY SINGLE tank! She is the perfect sister for Kalob.

5. What is next? What are you working on at the moment in terms of developing her skills and abilities?

We will continue to sign and we have no plans to ever stop. Sign language is very important to us since we will always need it to communicate with our son. I feel like it has opened up a whole new world for Sophia. At such a young age, she can tell me when she wants to eat, nap, go outside, play, take a bath and more! Her first sign was “milk” at 7 months of age. I know she is a hearing child and will use verbal communication for her primary language, but our family will make sure that she will always know sign language.

 

Sophia Learned to Sign Using Our Premium Baby Sign Language Kit. You Can Buy Yours Here

 

Baby Sign Language Video Super Stars-Meet The Edwards Twins!

What could be more endearing than baby twins using baby sign language to communicate with mom and dad? A little while ago our friend Charlene took the time to capture their baby twins in full baby sign language action. With the help of our baby sign language teaching resources; specifically our durable baby sign language flash cards the Edwards have discovered the magic of pre-verbal communication.

Baby Sign Language Gives Your Babies The Power of Early Expression

Every baby can benefit from having the ability to communicate their needs and wants early in life through signing. Baby sign language is life-changing when it comes to reducing frustration and creating a more peaceful environment where your little one feels both loved and acknowledged. If you are among the few fortunate parents enjoying the adventure of multiples you will find that baby sign language is indispensable, specially as your little ones approach a more mobile stage during their terrible twos. Instead of dealing with control issues and incessant temper tantrums your babies will be able to convey specific wants and needs.

Baby Sign Language With Multiples Using Pepperberg Method

Our Baby Sign Language Comprehensive Teaching Guide for Parents and Educators includes a chapter dedicated to introducing advanced teaching methods. The Pepperberg method which is based on a model/rival technique will naturally take place if you have a twin more inclined to sign than the other.

Baby Sign Language as Their Own Secret Code

There is no denial that twins have a special bond. Including baby sign language as one of their primary early learning experiences will give your babies a way to converse and engage with each other and strengthen their natural bond.

Baby Sign Language Tips for Multiples

  • Start with just a few signs picking from the ones that are most likely to be relevant and useful such as food items.
  • Involve everyone in the family. Older siblings are great teaching assistants when it comes to baby sign language.
  • If you are flying solo in the teaching arena, wait until babies can sit on their own to go full board. That way you can use support material such as flash cards to provide visual clues.
  • Introduce baby sign language through song and story telling.
  • Give each baby a special sign for other. A combined sign of the word brother plus their first initial usually does the trick.
  • Teach babies in front of a mirror.
  • Include the sign for twins by customizing this printable flash card with their very own picture.

 

Do you have twins, triplets or more? Want to send us your signing videos? You can submit your own story to videos@babysignlanguage.com

PS: Thanks Charlene E. for sharing this wonderful video with us. We love your babies and can’t wait for the next update.