Learn Our Top Winter Baby Signs: Winter Apparel

Yesterday we worked on our first set of winter signs for babies and toddlers. We learned how to sign wind, snow and cold and also had a few opportunities to engage our little ones in activities and crafts. You can see the post here.

baby signs winter clothing

 

 

Today we are going to tackle winter clothing. Toddlers begin to show interest in undressing at about 15 to 18 months of age. Undressing is significantly easier than dressing and likely to happen earlier. Between 20 and 28 months your toddler will develop sufficient gross and fine motor skills as well as cognitive abilities that will equip them to tackle self-care such as dressing and basic personal hygiene.

Even if your little one will not begin dressing until he or she is a little older you can begin teaching the signs for clothing as early as 12 months old. Winter clothing is particularly intriguing for babies and toddlers making it easy to engage in the learning process.

How to Teach Winter Clothing Signs?

Our two favorite methods to teach winter clothing is by getting baby ready to go outside and signing the items of clothing prior to putting them on. We also love paper dolls and baby dolls with winter clothes. Let your toddler help out by attempting to dress the baby doll.

Another great opportunity to learn signs for winter clothing is while storing laundry. Let your toddler help you out with small tasks such as carrying clothes from one location to another. Do not expect perfection and remember that the idea behind allowing a toddler to help is mainly about their learning journey.

Printable winter clothes

You can find more wonderful printable dolls at education.com

Now let’s get our printers ready and keep building on our awesome winter baby sign language flash card collection:

Baby sign language sign for sweater.

Baby sign language sign for gloves.

Baby sign language sign for hat.

Baby sign language sign for coat.

 

We hope you enjoy learning four new winter signs. If you have not yet added Signing Time volume III titled A New Day consider purchasing a copy. The DVD covers outside signs such as weather times of the day and animals.

Join us on our Facebook page where we share a daily sign and answer your questions about baby sign language.

Learn Our Top Winter Baby Signs

For many families winter is a special time of discovery and a time to build memories. Some head to beautiful ski resorts for a few days, others are lucky enough to live in a place where snow is a natural feature of the winter season.

Let’s make the best out of it and learn a few season-appropriate baby signs

winter baby signs

 

Get your printers ready and build your own winter flashcard set

Wind

Baby sign for wind

How to teach baby to sign wind?

If you happen to have a windy day consider going outside and using string of paper or a homemade windmill show your toddler what happens when a breeze hits a light object. If you have never made a windmill try this easy step-by-step visual tutorial:

Windmill Instructions

Snow

Baby sign for snow

How to teach baby to sign snow?

Teaching baby to sign snow depends on the weather conditions in your area. If you are fortunate enough to have snow it will be as simple as walking outside and doing a little outdoor playing. If that is not the case you can opt for videos, pictures or illustrations of snow. If your city is hosting a festival of lights there is a good chance they might have a snow machine making it a perfect setting to practice this new baby sign. If you want to add magic to the experience why not learn how to sign snow by making a homemade snow globe. You can find the instructions here.

Snow Kids

Cold

Baby sign for cold

How to teach baby to sign cold?

This is an easy and fun sign to teach and you can do it at the same time you teach baby to sign hot. At home we put two containers one with iced water and the second container with warm water. We help our toddlers feel the temperature and teach the sign in context. similarly we make an ice pack and plug in a hot pack and allow baby to touch both to help him or her understand that temperature changes are not only associated to water but to everything in our environment.

Send us your videos and photos of your baby signing cold, wind and snow to [email protected] or share them on our Facebook page.

If winter days are keeping you and the kids inside why not purchase the Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit with awesome Signing Time videos to sing along and expand their signing vocabulary. On average you will use the kit for their first four years making it a super value at only $119

Christmas Time Baby Sign Language

We love everything about the holidays and we hope you do too. With a little less than three weeks to go before Christmas we wanted to share with you a few baby sign language Christmas themed signs. We hope to have a great time teaching your toddler seasonally relevant signs. If you have not yet purchased the Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit a fantastic value for under $120. Consider it as a great option for the holidays. You can expect to get years of enjoyment and learning from pre-birth all the way until the preschool years!

Best Christmas Gifts for Toddlers Baby Sign Language Kit

We hope your holiday season is full of snuggles, hugs and lots of opportunities to introduce your baby to new and wonderful things. These flashcards are not available in our directory and you can only find them on this post. Please share these awesome Christmas baby sign language with your friends.

Bell

Bell Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Bell Printable Flash Card

Why not incorporate this sign in song by teaching baby to sing Jingle Bells.

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Christmas Tree Printable Flash Card

In our house we decorate the tree with child-safe ornaments in the bottom half and heirlooms on the top. Why not spend a little time making ornaments with your toddler and capturing this very special season in life.

Cookie

Cookie Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Cookie Printable Flash Card

Will you be baking for Santa? There are many recipes simple enough to let your toddler help. Consider no-bake cookies or rice crispy treats as an option for hands-on participation of everyone in your family.

Elf

Elf Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Elf Printable Flash Card

We can’t wait for our little ones to be old enough for us to do Elf on the Shelf. If you plan to do it we would love it if you share your pics with us on our Baby Sign Language Facebook page.

Jesus

Jesus Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Jesus Printable Flash Card

Many churches incorporate sign language to praise and worship. By teaching baby sign language you give your little one a head start.

Gift

Gift Christmas Baby Sign Language

Gift Printable Flash Card

Perhaps the most magical part of Christmas for our little ones. Why not make colorful gift wrap by allowing them to walk on kraft paper while stepping on green and red tempera paint.

Ornament

Ornament Christmas Baby Sign LanguageOrnament Printable Flash Card

Want to encourage signing during the holidays? Why not print all of the holiday cards and do decoupage ornaments using your flash cards. This is a great way to be reminded to sign.

Santa Claus

santa-claus Christmas Baby Sign Language

Santa Claus Printable Flash Card

We totally love the magic that surrounds everything Santa. If you are planning on a visit to The Mall for pictures begin introducing baby early to photos and videos to avoid   a situation where baby is intimidated by Santa

Snowflake

snowflake Christmas Baby Sign Language

Snowflake Printable Flash Card

If your toddler has the opportunity to see snow for the first time don’t miss out on this sign. When your little one is about to turn three he or she will be mature and attentive enough to see the shape in a snowflake.

Snowman

snowman Christmas Baby Sign Language

Snowman Printable Flash Card

If there is no snow where you live consider a craft using marshmallows to show your toddler how to make miniature snowman.

Stocking

stocking Christmas Baby Sign Language

Stocking Printable Flash Card

We love this tradition and we hope you do too. We also have a great deal of fun with advent calendars. We customize ours with different objects available in our baby sign language dictionary and we learn to sign a sign per day. Our signs include star, donkey, sheep, baby, mom & dad.

Happy Holidays

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A Letter to The Lady at The Supermarket Who Signed With My Baby

One of our sweet friends asked us to publish this letter. If you are in Farmington Hills Michigan please share:

Groceries with kids

Dear Lady Wearing The Red Sweater,

Having four kids under five is no easy task. As a SAHM I am most frequently delighted but sometimes, when everyone has had a long day I am not at my best. 

Last week I was at Hiller’s trying to do some pre-Thanksgiving grocery shopping with all four of my little angels in tow. When my toddler started to scream and my four year old ran down the aisle you made the choice to approach us instead of looking the other way. You did not care that my baby had sticky fingers nor did you mind how she decided to pull your beautiful CLEAN long hair. There you were, so perfectly put together with all manner of gourmet food in your cart that told me there were no kids waiting at home. Your gorgeous red sweater reminded me of my days as a working executive. You from all people, the one that looked the busiest and most important stopped and cared about this mother’s dilemma. 

By the time I was able to catch my runaway child you had a hold of the cheerios bag and were signing “more“, “please” and “thank you” with my little Abby. She was thrilled!! 

I asked where you had learned baby sign language and you told me about this website, you also mentioned how you work with little ones and use baby sign language as part of their early child development curriculum. Before I knew it my kids were acting up and I forgot to say thank you.

I hope you see this note. To me that day you made a world of difference. I am grateful for people like you that decide to freely give their time without passing judgement and engage with others at their level. I did not ask your name. I wish I had but if perchance you see this note know that my family and I are deeply thankful. To me you were a breath of fresh air!

 

Happy Thanksgiving Lady in the Red Sweater

Barb & Her 4 Kids

Limited Holiday Offer Baby Sign Language Kits 100% Free!

From November 18, 2014 to December 1st 2014 you can purchase any of our baby sign language kits and receive a full refund upon submitting a video of your baby signing 10 signs or more.

Free Christmas Kit

All Baby Sign Language Kits Qualify for 100% Refund!

Here is how:

  1. Purchase your baby sign language kit
  2. Keep your confirmation email dated from 11/18/2014 to 12/1/2014
  3. Submit your qualified video of your baby signing 10 signs or more to [email protected] along with your confirmation email.
  4. Once your video has been reviewed and approved by meeting the qualifications below we will paypal you the the total cost of your kit minus shipping.
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Purchase Your Kit Before December 1st to Qualify

Here are some samples:

Clara’s Story  

Janina’s Story

Wyatt’s Story

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.

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.

 

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Send your video & story to:

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A Letter to Baby Sign Language from a Deployed Soldier

Today we observe Veteran’s Day and we can’t begin to tell you how grateful we are for our service men and women selflessly serving our country. A few months ago we received this email capturing the very reason why in addition to our beautiful kits we offer hundreds of free printable and digital baby sign language resources.

Military Dads

To every mom & dad deployed this Veteran’s Day here is a big hug from us and a note that we hope fills you with love and encouragement for the days to come (I have changed the namesto protect the privacy of the sender):

Dear Baby Sign Language Team,
When my first baby was born I was deployed overseas serving in a hazardous zone. I was not given the option to return home to be with my wife during his birth and we did what we could to make the best of it. I joined via FaceTime and with the help of our Doula was able to encourage my wife and witness the birth of my son Watson

About two weeks after my little man was born I received a box from my sister. It was my first care package as a daddy and it included things you would not normally see in a war zone. A t-shirt that read “World’s Best Daddy”, chocolate cigars, a leather journal (what is a guy supposed to do with a journal anyways?) a deck of baby sign language flashcards and baby board books with titles such as Moo Baa, La La La, Good Night Moon, Small Cowboy, The Very Hungry Caterpillar & other titles that at the time I had no idea would become my favorites.

My work with the military involves all manner of communication technologies from satellites to knowing how to handle encryption. Because I love everything related to communications I wanted to find a way to connect with Watson that made sense to him and helped us bond. Bonding can be a difficult thing when you don’t have physical touch.

My wife and I would Skype or FaceTime almost every day and soon Watson began to react to noises and tried to engage with the source of noise (the iPad). When I realized my little man was noticing me I wanted to do something that would help us be daddy & son. I began using my extra small collection of board books and read to Watson every single night. Soon enough I had memorized every single book! When Watson was 4 months old he started fixing his eyesight on the screen and I decided I would give baby signing a try. We started with basic signs. Since I was not in close proximity meeting his needs or signing contextually was not really an option. All we had was books (very few) flashcards and a ton of love and interest in finding a way to connect. Soon enough Watson began mimicking signs.

To make the story short I am now in my second deployment and Watson is a toddler. Watson learned to sign the whole baby sign language deck and soon enough I was printing flashcards like crazy and learning new signs myself. My wife tells me Watson can sign over 100 signs!

In my current deployment we have some opportunities to interact with local children. I have used the flashcards as a way of engaging with the local children and each time I get to love them and serve them I think of my little man back home. I hope as he grows signing becomes our secret code.

Sorry for the long email, I mainly wanted to thank you for all the free resources you have. They have been priceless to me.

PS: Can you please make the flashcard for soldier?

*John C

 

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Eight Reasons Why Your Baby is Not Signing Yet & Why You Should Not Be Discouraged

Almost on a daily basis we receive questions from moms who are concerned regarding the signing progress of their babies. Based on the most common questions and concerns brought up by all of you we have compiled a list of reasons why you may not be getting the results you expected from baby sign language.

Babies Learn How To sign

Baby is Not Quite Ready to Start Signing

We are constantly exposed to messaging from friends and strangers regarding their own milestones and the milestones of their little ones. As parents we frequently forget about the average and tend to focus only on over-achievers. Just because you just saw a video of a four month old baby signing the ten basic signs it does not mean your baby is ready or developmentally able to do the same. Don’t compare and focus on giving your baby the best chance to learn at their own pace.

Baby is Already Signing and You Are Failing to Identify & Respond

We see this more frequently than we care to mention. Parents, caregivers and educators fail to observe baby closely and identify progress in the form of attempts to mimic signs and movement. Because babies have limited fine motor skills their first signs may not be of textbook quality. It is up to you the parent to closely observe micro-movements and gestures that happen in response to visuals and voice associations. For example your baby may try to open and close their hand when you say the word milk. Count these small but consistent attempts as signs resting assured that baby will eventually refine their movements.

Baby is Being Taught Signs That Are Not Relevant to Their Context

This is another common mistake and one that can be easily corrected. In the excitement of teaching babies how to sign many parents go directly to the deck of flashcards and try to teach baby as many signs as possible regardless of relevance. If your baby has never visited the ocean perhaps sand and starfish should not be part of their first signs. Pick signs that make sense to baby and meet basic needs and wants that allow for daily engagement.

Baby is Not Receiving Contextual Reinforcement & Praise

Just signing back to baby or leading with a sign won’t cut it. Babies need you to reinforce and praise consistently. Each time they try to complete a sign make it a point to praise them verbally and through facial expressions. Make each achievement a mini party that fills your baby with joy and wonder.

Baby is Way Too Young

Regardless of the stories that you hear from neighbors and friends chances are your baby won’t start signing until he or she is about six months old. Yes there are exceptions and we truly delight in celebrating and sharing when we identify a baby who is an early signer but we don’t want you to build false expectations and become discouraged. Your baby will sign in due time and when he does you will be thrilled.

Baby is Subject to Unfair Comparisons

Every once in a while we receive stories and testimonies as well as baby sign language videos of signing superstars. There are babies who can sign over 200 signs before they turn two and some precocious students that will sign milk as early as four months old. For your sake and the sake of your little one do not make comparisons. Your job is to help your baby achieve their next milestone at their pace based on their individual needs. What matters is not when baby begins signing but how baby uses their signs to make their life and yours easier once they understand the purpose of communication.

Baby Has Discovered Other Means of Communication

We see this scenario way too frequently. If a baby is able to obtain what they want by crying pointing and pulling it is essential that the parent redirects the engagement and provides the child a visual on how signing can help them obtain what they want or need. Often, we are too quick to give up and just move on by giving baby something to soothe them instead of taking the opportunity as a teachable moment.

Baby is not Receiving Reinforcement from Caregivers & Family Members

It really does take a village to raise a child. If your little one spends eight to ten hours in daycare or with relatives and the only time he gets to sign is when baby is with you their speed of learning will be severely halted. Lovingly enlist everyone involved with the care of your baby by showing them the short and long term benefits of baby sign language. In the long run everyone will benefit and thank you for it.

If you are struggling with your baby’s progress we want to remind you that you are most likely in the right path and you have not even noticed. Don’t be discouraged and take each day as a new opportunity to discover the world together with your baby. At the end of the day your goal is to improve the quality of life of your little one and that is always achieved if your primary goal is to love them.

 

 

 

Top Ten Halloween Safety Tips for Babies & Toddlers

We hope you are looking forward to this awesome evening as much as we are. Because we love your babies and we want you to have an uneventful holiday please take note of the following quick tips for safety and pass them along. You may just save a life or prevent a serious accident.

Halloween Baby Sign Language

 

  1. Make sure your baby is dressed warm enough to be outside. Don’t sacrifice their comfort for the sake of a cool halloween costume.
  2. Hard candies are a no-no. Check their trick or treat baggie and make sure what they get to keep is age appropriate.
  3. If your baby is of walking age and he is coming along for trick-or-treat activities with older siblings never, ever let go of their hand. Better yet, use a stroller or a baby harness.
  4. Light up your baby with flourecent or reflective materials to make them visible but do keep in mind that some glow sticks are toxic.
  5. If your baby has an upper respiratory condition or cough consider staying indoors. You will have many other chances in the future.
  6. Keep it simple and only visit a few trusted neighbors.
  7. Make sure their costume is flame-retardant.
  8. Decline or discard homemade treats unless they come from a trusted party.
  9. If your toddler has peanut allergies don’t expose them to treats. Many have been in contact with nuts on the exterior of the package.
  10. Trunk-o-treats and fall festivals tend to be better lighted and safer for the whole family. Consider the option during this season in life.

Happy & Safe Halloween from BabySignLanguage.com

Our Favorite Baby Board Books for Halloween & Some Baby Signs

We can’t wait for Halloween. For many many friends this will be the first Halloween their baby or toddler will have the opportunity to dress up and participate in Trick-0-treating and many other fun family activities. If you are going to stop by the bookstore or library consider these fun baby books. We have many baby sign language flashcards you can combine as you read-along together.

Biscuit Visits The Pumpkin Patch

Halloween Books for Babies

 

Favorite Baby Signs

Dog

Cat

Where is Baby’s Pumpkin

Where Is Baby's Pumpkin

 

Favorite signs:

Leaf

Pumpkin

Baby

Apple

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin

Favorite signs

Duck

Tree

Water

 

We hope you enjoy these books as much as we have enjoyed them with our little ones. If you are interested in signing as you read consider getting the Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit. This fantastic signing kit includes 4 Signing Time DVDs as well as four beautiful signing board books. Time to Eat, Good Night Alex and Leah, What Do You See Outside & Will You Be My Friend.

Have a happy & safe Halloween!

 

How to Know When Your Baby is About to Begin Signing

One of the most common questions we receive relates to progress on how baby processes, understands and responds to baby sign language. With many parents reporting baby signs as early as five months it can sometimes be perplexing to try to guess is your baby is in the right path.Babies Signing Together

 

If you have been diligent in implementing the basics of learning sign language and those around you such as caregivers and other family members are supportive and participative in the learning process chances are baby will begin signing quicker than ever.

mother-baby-reading

Here are some of the most common signs that will help you know if your baby is about to begin using baby sign language:

  • Your baby maintains eye contact when you are signing.
  • Your baby is emotionally responsive to signs by smiling and other facial expressions.
  • Your baby babbles or makes noises when you sign.
  • Your baby makes movements with their hands as if attempting to sign.
  • Your baby engages with signing material like musical videos and flashcards.

Always keep in mind that each little one has a distinct pace and style of learning. Try different approaches until you discover the one that works best for your baby.

Once a baby has mastered two or three signs you will begin to see very quick progress on how they communicate.  Every Monday we share our baby sign language stories on our Facebook page. Join us and tell us about your progress.

 

How to Introduce Baby to Selflessness

We are all wired for survival. This natural proclivity makes it challenging when it comes to teaching our babies social constructs such as sharing and taking turns. The power to possess is a natural part of the child’s growing awareness. Don’t be surprised if among the first words your toddler verbalizes are posesive terms such as “mine”.

Let Me Have Some

Your baby will develop attachments to things and persons having this attachment is essential and will serve as a foundation to healthy emotional bonds. Starting at six months you are likely to see signs of attachment that can easily be misinterrpreted as selfishness.

Your task as a parent is to gently guide baby in the understanding of social dynamics that demand sharing without impacting their need for attachment and the intrinsic value of this type of behavior.

 

When do we start teaching our babies how to share?  

Teaching babies to share can take place from birth. By this we mean babies should be immersed into family settings where selflessness and love abounds. Use words like sharing and taking turns early on in life but don’t force little ones to share until they are ready.

How do we teach our babies to share?

Teaching how to share by example can take place in the context of meals and play. If you are eating something and you are ready to introduce baby to a new flavor say and sign “share” as you give your little one small bites of the new food item. Taking turns can be introduced early in life by incorporating it to games with props. Take a toy manipulate it, pass it along to baby and say and sign “taking turns” When baby starts loosing interest in the prop pick it up and say “my turn”.

When can I expect my baby to begin sharing?

We need to keep in mind that little ones are not capable of true empathy until later in life. For this reason sharing is a conditioned behavior associated to rewards. We cannot stress it enough that sharing and generosity are learned by example. Lead a generous life and your baby or toddler will imitate.

What are the best methods to teach sharing and taking turns?

Aside from a strong and constant example what works best to teach little ones to share is to incorporate the concept into games. Consider getting an egg timer and teaching your toddler about timed turns. If you are fortunate enough to have older siblings teaching share and taking turns might just be easier for you.

Our gift to you:

Baby Sign Language Flashcard for Share

Baby Sign Language Flashcard for Taking Turns

In tandem with teaching the signs for share and taking turns incorporate please and thank you to your child’s signing repertoire.