How to Teach Your Baby to Sign When You feel Like You Are Too Busy & Overwhelmed

One of the most common questions we receive on our inbox relates to the time investment associated with teaching your baby how to sign. Working moms, moms of multiples, single moms and first time moms who are new to signing are intimidated by the idea that teaching a baby to sign may just not work for them given their busy schedule. If you are among one of these groups we have good news for you: Baby sign language is super easy to teach and requires minimal dedicated time. Let’s take a look at the most efficient ways to incorporate baby signing into your everyday routines:

Start Learning Early and Make it a Natural Tool for Communication

The best time to become familiar with baby sign language by learning the basics is before your baby is born. Make baby sign language an integral part of nesting and getting ready for your little one. Take advantage of bedrest to read and learn the best advanced teaching techniques and memorize the most popular starter baby signs. If you already have a baby or several little ones use your quiet time to read the Baby Sign Language Teaching Guide or fast track by engaging with our Facebook community and asking other moms their best baby sign language tips and tricks.

Teach Baby Signs Contextually

The best time-saver when it comes to teaching baby sign language is to teach it in context. When baby is eating teach him or her food signs. When changing the diaper introduce baby to signs like poop, potty & diaper. In addition to saving time your baby will be better able to make the connection between a sign and a concept when you do it contextually and reinforce it with verbal interaction.

Enlist Family & Friends

This is particularly important for families who happen to be busy because of family size. One of the best sources of learning is sibling imitation. Make signing a game by engaging the whole family. By sharing you are making it easier on you and reinforcing communication skills with every single family member.

Don’t Waste Your Time Comparing

The main goal of baby sign language is to equip your pre-verbal child with what he or she needs to communicate their basic needs to you and other caregivers. To do this it is generally enough if your baby learns a few key signs. Babies progress differently and have different needs at different stages of their development. Celebrate your milestones without wasting time feeling behind because other babies can sign every shape, color and animal there is.

Hold Intensive Learning Sessions as Time Permits

If you have a set of baby sign language cards, consider having intensive learning sessions with your baby. This is a very unique way to engage with your baby in a way that facilitates bonding. Many working parents find that 20 minutes of flash card activities provides much needed one on one time with baby and provides opportunities to praise their achievements thus helping their self esteem.

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The Best Mother’s Day Gift May Just be a Baby Sign Language Kit

The countdown has begun and before we know it many of us will be rushing to the nearest supermarket looking for the perfect bouquet for mom. But what if we could give our favorite moms a gift that made a world of difference in their mothering journey? According to studies conducted by the Department of Early Childhood education at Michigan State University there is something we can give to moms that will reduce their stress by reducing meltdowns and building communication bridges with their pre-verbal child.

 

Baby Sign Language Kits for Expectant Moms

Pregnancy is a time of anticipation and nesting. For many moms this is a season or research and a time when we identify the tools and resources we intend to use with our babies to give them an edge in the areas of emotional, physical and intellectual development. This is a wonderful season to  gain familiarity with teaching methods and memorize basic signs in order to be ready when baby arrives.

Baby Sign Language for First Time Moms

There is a common denominator among first-time moms. Most first-timers are thirsty for knowledge and want to give their first baby every possible advantage. First-timers are also prone to feeling hesitant and frustrated when babies begin having meltdowns. A Baby Sign Language Kit can empower a first time mom to train their pre-verbal child to communicate basic needs thus reducing  friction and setting the stage for a more relaxed parenting environment.

Baby Sign Language for Working Moms

For a working mom every minute counts and minutes spent trying to comfort a baby who is upset and frustrated is precious time taken away from limited opportunities to bond. A Baby Sign Language Kit can give working moms the tools needed to improve communication and engage in learning activities with their little ones that are conducive to bonding.

Baby Sign Language for Moms of Future Terrible Twos’

Yes! We have all witnessed the drama at the mall. There is nothing more humbling to a mother than having to gain control of a situation where their toddler just seems to have the upper hand. If you know a mom of a baby between six months to a year make her day by giving her a Baby Sign Language Kit. Babies that sign are less prone to tantrums and better equipped to communicate specific needs. By teaching a baby to sign early you are setting the stage for content toddlers that feel secure in knowing that their needs are met.

Baby Sign Language for Moms of Little Ones with Special Needs

Baby Sign Language Kits and resources are particularly useful for parents trying to provide augmentative communication tools for children with delayed speech or learning differences. A kit can make a world of difference by equipping parents with advanced teaching techniques and quick reference resources to help their babies communicate by signing. Baby Sign Language resources are often used by speech pathologists and speech therapists. Give a family facing a new diagnostic the give of hope and communication.

 

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A Baby Sign Language Video Story- Rebecca Signs Using Baby Sign Language Flash Cards

When the team at www.babysignlanguage.com embarked in the mission of creating the most durable and didactic baby sign language flash cards we wanted a product that made sense in terms of size, texture, visual feedback and simplicity in use.

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Recently we received Rebecca’s baby sign language story and video. Rebecca along with her proud mom Heidi and daddy Josh is well on her way to have a rich vocabulary and can currently communicate her basic and not so basic needs resulting in a joyful little girl that can easily engage with those around her in the context of family and school.

Heidi tells us more about their experience using the baby sign language program & kit:

“I started signing to Rebecca when she was six months old. I had a hard time telling when she was hungry and I thought that it would be great if she could ask to be fed. So I began with “milk” and showed her the sign every time I nursed her.

A few months went by, and I did not see any signing back, so I decided to show her some more signs. I took your website’s suggestions for starter signs and showed her “mommy,” “daddy,” “food,” and “kitty” for our cat. Rebecca loves our cat (the feeling is not mutual) and within a few weeks, she was signing cat back to me! I fed our cat with Rebecca in my arms, and soon she was signing “food” whenever we prepared his meal. I was so proud of her—I guess it just took the right subject matter for her to start signing!

Once Rebecca figured out that she could tell me what she was looking at by signing, she started asking me to show her signs for everything around her. She wanted to know how to sign “dog” and now she slaps her leg every time we see one outside. She wanted to know the signs for her bath toys and now she requests her favorites (a duck and an octopus) even when she’s not taking a bath. She learned the signs for all the food she’s tried and for all the animals in her books (which is a lot!). There was a period of time when she was learning two or three new signs a day, which was challenging for me and my husband because we wanted to make sure we knew the signs, too!

As of now, Rebecca can sign more than 200 words! Recently, I used sign language to teach her all the colors and several shapes as well. I thought that it would be an accomplishment to teach her the primary colors, but once Rebecca realized what I was showing her, she wanted to learn all of them! She loves learning new things and signing lets her tell me what she has learned.

Lately, Rebecca loves anything with music, so I have started adding signs to the songs I sing to her. When she sees the signing, she becomes very focused and tries to imitate which sign I am doing at a certain point in the song. As an added benefit, singing a song with signs can calm her down when she is upset.

My husband, Rebecca, and I have had a wonderful experience with baby sign language. I love seeing the joy on her face when she recognizes something that she knows and she signs it. And she loves it when I figure out what she is signing and say that I see it, too. It’s a bond with her that my husband and I wouldn’t have had without baby sign language and for that we are so grateful!”

We have endless free resources and expert-designed baby sign language kits that include everything a parent or educator can possibly need to empower a non-verbal child with key communication skills that will reduce frustration and increase bonding. Visit our Baby Sign Language Store.

Baby Sign Language Can Help in the Early Stages of Apraxia Interventions

If your toddler has been diagnosed with apraxia you alongside with your speech therapist are in the search for the best protocols to help your child communicate and achieve progress in terms of developing verbal skills.

What is Apraxia?
According to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association ASLH Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder. Children with CAS have problems saying sounds, syllables, and words. This is not because of muscle weakness or paralysis. The brain has problems planning to move the body parts (e.g., lips, jaw, tongue) needed for speech. The child knows what he or she wants to say, but his/her brain has difficulty coordinating the muscle movements necessary to say those words.

For those with little ones Apraxia is generally noticed after your baby turns a year old. Parents with little ones diagnosed with Apraxia normally identify the following:

  • The baby does not coo, babble or mimic sounds and mouth movements.
  • Delayed speech or incomplete words even when the words are simple.
  • Toddler is unable to use some consonants and vowels, particularly the ones that demand complex oral movements.

There are many other speech and hearing disorders that may impact the ability to verbalize therefore a parent that suspects apraxia should seek the diagnostic of an audiologist and a speech pathologist.

Why Baby Sign Language Materials Can Help During Therapy

One of the main reasons speech pathologists and language therapists are using baby sign language materials as part of their protocol for early intervention is simplicity. Many of the signs used by the baby sign language program are simplified versions of American Sign Language making it accessible to little ones who are experiencing motor delays.

Toddlers with apraxia are empowered to support their verbal efforts with signs aiding having clarity and reducing frustration for basic social interactions. Sign language serves as a bridge that helps little ones get to the point where through practice and therapy they are able to imitate the oral movements associated to each word.

In addition to using signs to aid in augmentative communication, many therapists are resorting to the flash cards to help little ones make associations between images and sounds.

With proper therapy and plenty of resources children with apraxia generally catch up by the time they are ready for preschool.

We encourage parents and therapists to take advantage of all the baby sign language resources available for free or consider purchasing the standard kits which are available at wholesale price for bulk purchases made by non-profits, medical and educational institutions. You can email us about it at [email protected]

Using Baby Sign Language to Help Overcome Picky Eating Problems

As soon as your baby moves into solid food you will begin noticing preferences and in some instances you will face incredible difficulties when baby appears to like something one day and completely reject it the next day. Before using the label picky eater you need to ask yourself a few questions to help identify the root of the problem. As you ask yourself question learn to read your baby’s non-verbals and when possible empower your baby with the necessary signs to help him or her communicate concerns and preferences regarding their food.

Is Baby Full? 

When it comes to nutrition and portions getting it right can be tricky. We live in a culture that encourages snacking and oftentimes we don’t realize that calorically speaking baby may enough by the time we offer dinner. As your baby advances with their signing work on teaching them to communicate satiety by using the sign for “all-done” and conversely if they are hungry they should know how to sign “more“.

What About Temperature & Texture?

As your baby develops he or she will begin displaying personal preferences and generally speaking that is a good thing. As your baby rejects or accepts certain food be attentive to the food texture and temperature to help identify what works best for him or her. Keep in mind that early in life our taste receptors are far more responsive to heat and cold. The way we perceive flavor is also different early in life. That is why as we mature we become more tolerant of bitter and spicy tastes. Work on teaching baby to sign “hot” and “cold“, to help him or her communicate discomfort in association with food temperature.

 

Teaching Baby About Food Choices

As long as your baby is having a balanced nutrition we encourage you to introduce your little one to making choices among two or three healthy food items. Consider pulling favorite food items from the baby sign language flash card set and let your baby select what they would prefer to eat at least a few times per week. For example you could give baby the option between an apple or a pear or guide their discovery of favorite salty snacks by letting them select between a cracker and popcorn.

Understanding Potential Allergies & Sensitivities

It is very important to be observant when your baby eats. If baby is rejecting foods it is entirely possible that the food may be causing discomfort. Consider teaching your baby the sign for hurt to allow him or her to communicate abdominal discomfort or in the case of fruits like mangos your baby may have a reaction to urushiol (the same allergen present in poison ivy) and may want to tell you that his or her lips hurt.

As you are working with your baby in understanding their food preferences you can also introduce your little ones to table manners through the use of sign language.

With time you will notice that your toddler will begin exploring new foods. Don’t give up in the first attempt, give him a few tries to become familiar with flavor profiles.

Our online dictionary has a huge collection of food items that babies love such as avocado & blueberry. Go take a look and print your favorite baby sign language flash cards for free.

 

If you want to take your baby sign language journey to the next level the baby sign language kits can help you by providing easy to use resources and techniques loved by thousands of families around the world.

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!

baby sign language kit

Baby Sign Language for Spring Break- Print Your Set Before You Go

If you are taking a little trip with baby in tow we want you to be ready to teach and discover new things together. Older siblings are welcome to join to add to the fun.

Baby Sign Language for the Beach

 

Ten really awesome baby signs to teach your baby or toddler while on vacation at the beach:

Beach, Water, Ocean, Dolphin, Bucket, Sun, Towel, Swim, Hot, Boat

Baby Sign Language for the Snow

 

Ten great baby signs to teach your toddler on their first trip to the snow:

Snow, Snowman, Cold, Jacket, Ski, Outside, Fire, Chocolate, Gloves, Snowflake.

Baby Sign Language for a Camping Trip

 

And now let’s learn ten baby signs to use in the great outdoors:

Tree, Flower, Leaf, Hot Dog, Camping, Bike, Walk, Squirrel, Wolf, Bear.

If you are ready to take your baby to the next level why not get the right tools. The Baby Sign Language Kits are carefully assembled to contain everything you need to guide your baby and toddler as they improve their pre-verbal communication skills

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!

baby sign language kit

Learn How Baby Sign Language Improves the Learning & Social Dynamics at Daycare

We frequently receive correspondence from early child development professionals looking for ways to introduce babies to baby sign language in the classroom environment. We have received numerous reports from educators around the globe highlighting how baby sign language has been helpful in their classrooms and play groups. Based on the feedback we have received we want to share with you a few of the ways in which learning signs is proving to be helpful for babies, toddlers and preschoolers attending daycare, early childhood intervention and Head Start Programs.

Baby Sign Language Provides Consistent Communication Skills Across Many Backgrounds

Whether a child comes from a different ethnic background or a household with different cultural nuances once a little one makes it to daycare the need to have common means of communication becomes essential to their emotional health and academic progress. By using baby sign language in the classroom both the educator and child can make the connection between words and concepts. For the non-native English speaker knowing the sign for nap will help him or her connect the dots between the action and the word they hear at home. Similarly babies will be able to overcome regional differences and learn synonyms such as binkie or pacifier.

Baby Sign Language Empowers Babies at an Early Stage in Life to Convey Basic Needs

Both at home and at daycare one of the most important reasons to introduce babies to baby sign language is empowerment. A baby who is able to effectively communicate primal needs such as hunger or thirst will be a happier baby with far less chances of resorting to tears or tantrums to convey their frustration. Imagine how impactful it can be if by signing you reduce tantrums in the classroom by at least half. Now you will have more time to teach, love and create memories with the little ones.

Baby Sign Language is Helpful in the Development of Motor Skills

Non-verbals are as important as words when it comes to communication skills. By reinforcing speech with signs not only do we equip toddlers to have clarity in conveying ideas, we also provide them with the means to refine their motor skills and make gestural associations between word and movement. One of the most effective ways to maximize motor skills development through baby sign language is by using key signs in combination with simple songs that highlight age-appropriate activities pointing to self-reliance.

Baby Sign Language Reduces Distractions During Learning Units

Keeping order in the classroom and having the ability to engage the group in activities conducive to learning is essential. Baby Sign Language can give toddlers the means to communicate urgent needs such as potty or thirsty without raising their voice or distracting the rest of the group. This is specially useful during reading circle or group play.

Baby Sign Language Aids in the Development of Social Skills with Peers

There is nothing more frustrating to a little one than wanting to communicate something to a peer and failing due to lack of appropriate words. Baby sign language creates a common language among your students allowing them to better engage with others in play and cooperation. Concepts such as share, mine, more and thanks can make a world of difference on how little ones engage with each other.

 

If you are a teacher, caregiver or preschool administrator consider our Baby Sign Language Teaching Guide. The guide contains advanced teaching methods suitable for the classroom. In tandem with our core signs Flash Card Set you can begin introducing babies & toddlers in your classroom to the world of signing.

Favorite Signs for Easter & Our Favorite Goodies to Add to Baby’s Basket

Easter is just around the corner and many daycares, churches and playgroups are hard at work introducing their babies to the signs of the season. Whether you are teaching your baby an Easter song or getting him ready for the egg hunt we wanted to share with you a few resources and activities that we are already using at our home.

The Egg Memory Game

We printed mini versions of our favorite animal flashcards and inserted the printout inside plastic eggs. We placed a variety of plastic farm and jungle animals in a basket and we are working with our toddlers by letting them find the egg practice the sign and match the plastic model in our animal basket.

The Signs of the Season

These are the signs we are practicing: (you can go to the free printable page by clicking on the word).

Egg

Bunny

Duck

Chicken

Dress

Basket

Jesus

Find

Flower

Grass

Candy

Church

What We Are Including in Our Baby Easter Baskets:

The Waddle & Go Ducky by Tomy

 

The Baby Sign Language Flash Card Set

 

The Chicken and Egg Stackers

Feel free to comment with your own suggestions for baby Easter baskets!

 

Happy Birthday 111 Dr. Seuss!! Check out the Best Dr. Seuss Books for Babies List

Today marks the 111th birthday of one of the most beloved children’s authors. We love word-play is transferred from one generation to another. If you are the mommy or daddy of a baby or toddler we want to share a list of our favorite starter books by Dr. Seuss. These books lend themselves to read-alongs with signing. Enjoy & share

The Cat in the Hat Cloth Book

The Many Mice of Mr. Brice

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

The Dr. Seuss’s ABC

Sneetches on Beaches

All Aboard the Circus McGurkus

Do You Like Green Eggs & Ham?

Dr. Seuss Sleep Softly Book

Wet Pet, Dry Pet, Your Pet, My Pet

Oh Baby! Go Baby!

A Tree for Me

Many of the signs to use when reading Dr. Seuss are part of our dictionary and flash card set available with our baby sign language kit. You can also print specific baby signs using our collection of free printable flash cards.

 

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! 

Yes! Baby Sign Language Kits & Resources Can Be Shipped Internationally

At least a few times every week we get messages from loyal friends around the world who are currently enjoying our baby sign language free printable resources and wish to upgrade to a full Baby Sign Language Kit. The question is always the same (just insert your own country) Do you ship the baby sign language kits internationally?

 

Whether you live in Australia, South Africa, China, The Middle East and pretty much any country around the world with a reliable national post you can trust we will make every effort to ship baby sign language kits worldwide. Our goal is to secure the most economical means to ship your kit or baby sign language resources which means on occasion shipment may take a little longer than usual.

Shipping of baby sign language resources to some countries can be as low as $19.95!!

Here is the step by step to find out the shipping costs for your specific country:

Go to the store and pick your favorite baby sign language product.

Place your product of choice in your cart

Select calculate shipping in the bottom right enter your country from the dropdown and key in your city and zip code. Some countries don’t use zip code in such case leave it blank. Now click on update totals.

Now you are ready to checkout!

Now head to our store and take a look at our most popular bundles. Moms around the world tell us they are able to enjoy the kits from birth up to four years of age!

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Getting Ready to go Back to Work? Learn How Baby Sign Language Can Help You Transition

Yesterday I spoke to a beautiful new mom who happens to be in book club. She had her little one in tow and I could not help it notice she had transitioned from joining us in yoga pants to a dressier look. After I had complimented her on her beautiful silk top (You know the long-tunic-like blouses that are so flattering as mama figures change) she mentioned that after a one year maternity leave she was back to the workforce part-time and feeling just a little anxious. Another mom joined our conversation and I could not help it but admire her poise and confidence when it came to encouraging others and giving practical tips. I was also delighted to hear how she has used baby sign language as a transitional communicational tool when getting ready to send her babies to daycare. Among many really great tips I was able to glean these ideas that I now share with you trusting they will help when the time comes for you to head back to the office.

First & Foremost Teach Your Child About Confidence
From the moment you bring baby from the hospital engage in routines that provide your little certainty about their safety, provision and having their voice heard. Through teaching your baby basic baby signs and acknowledging the sign through gratification you are showing your little one how communication equips us to have our needs met and gives us the freedom to walk in confidence that we can approach the adults that care and convey our needs with certainty that they will do what it takes to meet baby at the point of their need. A child that is confident in how he or she relates with their caregivers will have a more calmed demeanor and will transition better into daycare. As you work with your baby to teach him or her their first signs involve the extended family to reinforce the idea that gestural communication goes beyond mommy and daddy.
Consider Working on Signs That Meet Basic Needs
Sometimes motherhood can be fun and whimsical and we are tempted to teach our baby fun signs that will not necessarily meet a basic need. I recall a little baby girl in my neighborhood that was able to sign butterfly, fan and boat way before learning how to sign milk and more. She had learned most of her signs by watching signing DVDs so she had the option to pick the ones she loved the most. When you are working with your baby and getting them ready to transition to daycare make sure the signs you select and driven by the desire to meet their basic needs from being hungry to being cold, sleepy or hurting. Having a needs-based signing vocabulary will be very helpful once baby transitions to group care.
Create a Code of Love
Babies thrive in familiarity and routine. Aside from the basics pick a sign or two aimed at conveying love and tenderness to your little one. From signing ILU to signing hugs from a distance after dropping your little one at daycare having a code of love can give your little one a sense of security and continuity through visual feedback.
Use Signs in Song to Soothe Separation Anxiety
Music is essential in the emotional and intellectual development of your baby. Pick songs that comfort your little one and provide continuity. Include a few relevant and easy signs. If at all possible let your caregiver know about your songs of choice and ask the caregiver to use the songs when managing your baby’s stress and anxiety.
This is our favorite song and the one we have used as the “sign for comfort” song:

Work on Signs that Make Mornings Easier
Once you are back in the workforce and your baby is turning into a toddler work on learning signs that make the morning routine easier. Think about the signs that will help your baby eat, take a bath and get dressed so you can both leave the house on time.

If you know a mom who is about to go back to work share this website with her or why not send her the baby sign language kit to help her in this very special life transition.