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:

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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!

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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.

Three Indoor Activities to Help Your Baby Learn New Baby Signs

With record-breaking cold weather and snow I know many moms & dads can’t wait for better weather to arrive so we can engage on outdoor activities conducive to learning. If you have been struggling with cabin fever and your baby is not quite old enough to go outside and play in the snow let’s look at a few indoor activities aimed at helping your little one improve and reinforce their baby signing skills and learn new vocabulary.

Sing and Sign

From a very early age babies are responsive to music and rhythm. Multimedia such as the Baby Signing Time Collection can help your baby understand concepts by receiving visual feedback and easy to recall language patterns. Because response to sound is one of the very first things we learn a baby who is learning how to sign by using age appropriate songs will also benefit from:

  • Improved concentration and recall.
  • Speech & language development.
  • Image to sound association. Particularly related to animal and object onomatopoeia.
  • Better grasp of rhythm and pattern.
  • Social response.

When using song to teach signs to your baby or toddler there is no need to sign every single word. Focus on nouns first then incorporate verbs that are relevant to the child’s developmental stage. Because motor response is slow selecting just a few signs in association with each song will reduce frustration.

Topical Make-Believe & Models

Life is busy and exposing baby to new experiences can be time and cost-intensive. Perhaps your family is in no position to visit a farm or head to the ocean but you know your baby needs to develop awareness and vocabulary associated to different settings. To overcome this hurdle why not secure themed toys such as a little collection of plastic farm animals or if you are crafty why not create an aquarium in a bucket using plastic fish. Engage in play by showing your baby or toddler behaviors, and sounds associated to each animal or object. Models & toy sets are also great to bring dimension to reading activities or baby sign language flash cards.

Reading & Board Books

Babies are highly visual and always show great interest in books. Select books that expose your baby and toddler to vocabulary expansion opportunities and work on adding one or two signs each week from the same book. If your baby is under a year old look for board books that introduce your little one to texture, sound and color in order to help him or her develop their senses and motor skills.

Baby Sign Language to Help You Celebrate Chinese New Year!

Today millions of families around the world will begin the celebrations of the year of the “Yang”, meaning goat or sheep. If you are celebrating we want to wish you a year full of good fortune & love.

Aside from delicious food my favorite tradition is the giving and receiving of hong bak (the little red envelopes stuffed with money). When I was a little girl, I would keep the envelope under my pillow for many days after receiving it from my grandfather. My grandfather was an immigrant who ran a general store. His store looked just like the illustration below:

General Store

Image Credit: Amelia Lau

Here is a little list of baby signs to introduce your baby or toddler to various elements of this wonderful celebration.

Fireworks

Envelope

Goat

Lantern

Sheep

Family

Party

Red

Fish

Rice

Candy

Grandfather

Grandmother

 

Xin Nian Kuai Le!

Ten Awesome Baby Sign Language Flash Cards for Mardi Gras

 

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is celebrated around the world in many different ways. Here in the U.S. is mainly an adult activity but in many countries the holiday is embraced by families particularly little ones. In South America children wear costumes and make Easter-like egg shells filled with confetti (cascarones).

At our home we make a little King’s Cake and give everyone small presents with candy and necklaces

Time to celebrate! Today is Mardi Gras a time for fun and playfulness. Take time to teach your little one a few Mardi Gras signs:

Purple

Green

Yellow

Baby

Cake

King

Necklace

Costume

Candy

Party

Take time to do something fun with your little ones!

Happy Mardi Gras!

 

The Best Signs to Teach Your Baby Just How Much You Love Him

Love is in the air. If you have little ones in school, the whole week has been about the tender exchange of friendship tokens in shades of pink and red. If you are new to motherhood, chances are you are your wee little one is keeping you busy and sleepless as you both discover one of the most beautiful and limitless expressions of love: Motherhood.

Valentine Baby

 

The baby sign language community is made up parents, caregivers and teachers that care deeply about the emotional and intellectual development of their babies and you are among those. On a daily basis we receive emails with questions from parents seeking to teach their little ones the signs that matter most. How you prioritize the signs you will teach your little one is based on the specific needs of each child, and the way they interact with their surroundings. Selecting their basic vocabulary is at its very core an act of love. If you just joined our community or you are searching for the next 100 signs to teach your toddler consider this:

Show Your Little Ones How Much You Love Them By Teaching Signs That Empower
The central goal of baby sign language is to provide your pre-verbal child with the communication tools that will equip them to express their needs with minimal frustration. We have found that relational signs such as mom, dad, milk, eat, more and all done are particularly useful in empowering your baby and reducing the likelihood of emotional meltdowns.

Show Your Little Ones How Much You Love Them By Teaching Signs of Discovery
Growing up is about expanding your world and learning new things. For a little baby or toddler discovery can be as simple as a walk to the park where he or she can learn new signs like playground, tree,flower and run.

Show Your Little Ones How Much You Love Them By Teaching Signs That Encourage Nutritional Variety
According to some studies babies begin forming food preferences at the womb. They also become accustomed to the flavors present in breast milk resulting from mom’s nutritional choices. Little ones are also influenced by what they see us eat and are more likely to try something out in the context of imitation. Take time to explore new fruits and vegetables and equip your babies with the proper signs to help them ask for their favorites. Consider signs such as avocado or a blueberries (a favorite when given frozen to alleviate teething issues).

Show Your Little Ones How Much You Love Them By Teaching Signs That Point to Fun Activities
Baby signs can and should go beyond the basics. Include signs that engage your little ones in fun activities such as dance, bubbles, kite or art. Learning how to have fun will encourage self esteem and will prepare your little ones to engage more effectively in social contexts such as play group.

Show Your Little Ones How Much You Love Them By Teaching Signs to Pair with Reading
Perhaps you live in a city where your little one will not have a chance to see the ocean or you are out in the countryside where your babies may never ride a taxi. Look for age-appropriate books that expand how your baby sees the world. Introduce them to astronomy by learning how to sign star and moon and why not consider spending time learning to sign different farm animals like goat, duck and chicken.

Show Your Little Ones How Much You Love Them By Teaching Signs of Comfort
Consider the importance of showing your little ones to give and receive affection. Introduce signs such as hug,I love you and kiss.

We wish you a wonderful and magical Valentine’s Day! Thank you for letting the team at www.babysignlanguage.com be part of your parenting journey.

Baby Sign Language is a Language of Love

Baby Sign Language I Love YouImage Credit: HelloBabyPhoto.com

Is hard to believe that we have been helping families communicate with their babies for almost five years. We can’t begin to explain how this project has filled our hearts with joy. Each day we receive letters, personal messages and phone calls with beautiful stories and videos with testimonies of how baby sign language has impacted the family bond and communicational development of your little ones.

Just last week my friend Sonya invited me to join them at her daughter’s first ballet recital. Her little girl Marguerite started signing with us in 2011. When Maggie came on stage she was beaming with pride but for a moment we saw hesitation and fear in her face. From our place in the fourth row I saw Sonya signing “I Love You“, and as if by magic Maggie smile and had the empowerment to move forward with part.

 

First Recital

 

Chances are your baby will know over 100 signs by the time they are three years old, as they become more verbal signs will begin to fade replaced by speech. While most baby signs will fade away the long-term benefits such as improved academic performance and self confidence will remain with your child for a lifetime. Along with those benefits for many little ones like Maggie “I Love You” will remain for years to come. A secret code that will surface when words may not be appropriate. I hope to see Sonya sign I love you to Maggie as she gets ready to score a goal, the first time she rides the school bus, the day she gives a valedictorian speech and hopefully as she is walking down the aisle to say “I do.”

Whether you are just starting and working on your basic baby sign language skills or you are a veteran who together with your baby have mastered all 52 signs from our flash card deck we want to encourage you to see baby sign language as a stepping stone that will equip your little one with confidence and will equip you with the right communication skills to tell your child just how much you love them.

Want to give your little one a fantastic Valentine’s present? The Signing Time DVD collection is a classic that will reinforce signs in the context of singing. All four DVDs’ are part of our Premium Baby Sign Language Kit available for shipment in the U.S. and internationally.

 

Baby Sign Language Helps You Turn The Terrible Twos Into The Terrific Twos

Temper Tantrum

The Temper Tantrum Explained

At its very root a temper tantrum is rooted in your toddler’s inability to communicate his needs and wants. At age two their understanding of the world that surrounding often surpasses their verbal ability to convey their needs or complete a task through imitation that he or she perceives as achievable. Thankfully, their motor and verbal skills will most likely catch up by the time they are three to four years old, significantly reducing the symptoms of the terrible twos. But what is a parent to do in the interim?

Take Control & Give Control

Dealing with a temper tantrum  can be utterly overwhelming whether  you are a first-time parent or a veteran. Even when you are tired it is essential that you remember that YOU are in control. Do not be indifferent or laugh at your baby. He or she is trying to communicate in a highly rudimentary way; listen. Use your voice and calming signs such as I love you & quiet as a consistent reinforcement of the expected behavior. Take control of the situation through reassurance and eye contact and attempt to identify the message behind the tantrum. Give control by teaching your baby basic signs to communicate core needs. When the tantrum is taking place ask and sign for baby potential triggers such as tired or hungry If the baby has a request that is inconsistent with their welfare, like wanting candy ten times a day you should still acknowledge their want and offer healthier options as well as a simple explanation that affirms your understanding of their want.

Identify The Triggers & Equip Your Baby With Relevant Signs

Every baby is unique when it comes to their personality and preferences. Spend time learning about your baby’s favorite activities, foods or toys and emphasize the learning of signs associated with their preferences. Consider printing the most relevant flash cards and posting the card on your wall to allow your baby to point to a particular sign when they are too frazzled to sign. By giving your baby the skills to convey specific preferences unique to them you will see a significant reduction in temper tantrums.

Empower Your Toddler with Options

Options are empowering for all of us. Within limits you should work on introducing your baby to decision-making and options. Keep in mind that options for babies should be about selecting from two or more good choices or at a minimum parents should stick to choices that are safe & healthy. Through giving options your baby is learning how to think and how to move forward in handling simple processes. Toddlers often struggle with matters of self-help such as grooming or dressing on their own. Consider teaching your toddler signs to identify colors such as blue or green and begin challenging them with questions like: Would you like to wear your blue or your green shoes? By giving an open question your toddler is unlikely to revert to the classic  “no!”

Encourage Independence Though The Learning of Self-Help Tasks

Another great way to reduce tantrums associated with the terrible twos is to keep your toddler busy with achievable self-help tasks such as learning how to put their own shoes on or simple grooming tasks like brushing their hair. Teach your toddler the baby signs associated with each task, use the sign contextually and let your baby suggest grooming or self-help tasks he or she may be inclined to do on their own.

Let Love Save The Day

Even when you make your best effort and your toddler has the means to overcome communication barriers there will be challenging days. Give yourself a break and find ways to give and receive love.   Start anew each day with confidence that every day your toddler will discover new and better ways to engage with the world that surrounds them.

Take a look at the Baby Sign Language Ultra Kit. 12 different baby sign language resources to use and enjoy from pregnancy to age 4.

Has Baby Sign Language helped your toddler overcome the terrible twos? Tell us more about it in the comments.

 

Annabelle Reads & Signs: A Baby Sign Language Story

This week we are featuring Annabelle and her daddy reading from the Signing Time Book Collection.

Video: Anabelle Signing at 12 months

From her mom Kaiya:

We started signing with Annabelle around six months but were not very consistent with signing.  When we saw the Summer of Signing Challenge, we jumped on the opportunity to get a Premium Baby Sign Language  Kit for her as soon as the challenge started.  She watches Baby Signing Time most days because she loves the music.  She learned milk fairly early, but it was her only sign for a long time and she started using it for everything (it’s her give me give me sign).  Next she learned more, although for a long time we had to actually sing her the more song in order to get her to sign it.  Around eleven months she picked up a few more words:  eat, drink, and, dog.  She is now 12 and a half months and knows 10 words.
We went to the horse park yesterday and she spent the whole time signing horse and then pointing to the horses.  She was so excited.  I had no idea she knew the sign for horse (although it is on the video she watches).  It took me a few minutes to realize what she was signing because she is not capable of the more advanced signs and has modified almost all her signs.  However, when she does it consistently anytime she sees a horse or we ask her about a horse, it becomes obvious that is what she means.  When we got home from the horse park I noticed she was doing a similar sign only pointing to her nose instead of her head and I thought she was just getting sloppy with horse.  Today she  was doing the sign with her daddy, saying Ca, ca, ca over and over again and pointing.  Neither of our cats were in the room so Daddy told her there were no cats, until i realized she was pointing to a cat figurine on the wall.  It is very exciting to realize that she knows more than we could possibly realize so young.  Now she has to train us to do all the signs that she knows.
  Most of her signs are modified because she can’t handle the advance hand movements yet.  Eat and Drink end up looking the same so we have to pay attention to context.  she can’t figure out the pinching motion for cat, so she points where the whiskers go.  Even so, she is very consistent with most of the signs she knows and she is very good a getting her point across.  They may not meet your requirements for the challenge, but she is signing and has a great vocabulary for at 12 month old baby!
 

How to Conquer Baby Sign Language One Month at a Time

If you are new to baby sign language you are probably wondering how the magic happens. Millions of babies are learning how to communicate as early as six months old. To help you set the stage for successful learning we have a section totally dedicated to newbies. Consider spending time reviewing and learning the basics of teaching baby sign language.

If your baby has already mastered the basics you are now ready to expand his or her vocabulary and introduce them to awesome new objects, ideas and feelings to help them communicate when they are not yet ready to speak. We have created this month-by-month plan to give you a special topic to tackle each month. In addition you should seek to teach your baby signs that are highly relevant to their daily lives. Join us as we spend 2015 learning and having fun together.

January

 

January Baby

 

If you are in the northern hemisphere it is probably chilly outside. In no time you, baby and other little in the house will be suffering from cabin fever. During this season you will have a wonderful opportunity to introduce your little one to a variety of words. Here are a few baby signs we feel are a good fit for this month:

Snow

Coat

Behave

Gloves

Rain

Thick

Quiet

February

February Baby

Valentine’s day is just around the corner lending us a great opportunity to learn new concepts and work on crafts. It is also a wonderful time for indoor activities such as the aquarium. Here is our list of signs for February

I love you

Red

Heart

Girl

Scissors

Octopus

Fish

Turtle

Dolphin

Shark

March

March Baby

Spring is right around the corner and with it festivities such as Easter. We are hoping things begin to thaw and we can soon enjoy the outdoors. Meanwhile let’s plan to learn some Easter signs during the month of March:

Bunny

Egg

Candy

Chocolate

Flower

Rainbow

April

April Baby
April is the first month we can play outside. Let’s spend time planting and at the playground.

Take a look at our special collection of gardening signs for babies and toddler.

Swing

Slide

Playground

Park

May

May Baby
During the month of May we are going to focus on teaching independence and introducing our toddler to signs associated to personal hygiene. We are also going to expand our outdoor vocabulary hoping that by now all of us can begin taking small hikes around local parks. Let’s not forget Mother’s Day and practice our sign for mom which hopefully our baby can already master.

Brush

Toothbrush

Shower

Soap

Tree

River

Lake 

Boat

June

June Baby

Summer vacations are just around the corner and you are likely to have many adventures with the whole family. Let’s learn a few summer signs:

Hot

Beach

Ball

Bucket

Sun

Towel

July

July Baby

On July we will focus on patriotic signs and learn how to sign fruits and vegetables.

Flag

Hot Dog

Picnic

Watermelon

Fireworks

Strawberry

Hat

Drink

August

August Baby
Why not consider a little adventure to the zoo. By now your older kiddos are getting ready to go back to school. A visit to the zoo is a great way to bring summer to a closure while learning really neat signs.

Bear

Lion

Tiger

Monkey

Ice cream

Popcorn

September

September Baby
It is back to school time! It is also a fantastic time to introduce our babies and toddlers to popular modes of transportation. Let’s work on learning new signs and practicing the signs we have already mastered.

Book

Teacher

School

Backpack

Car

Train

Airplane

October

October Baby

Yay! Mild weather outside and great opportunities to learn and grow with our babies. Let’s visit a farm with our baby and take time to learn new signs to help us express our needs. Let’s also learn a few Halloween signs

Goat

Farm

Farmer

Duck

Bee

Hungry

Sad

Happy

Wet

Costume

November

November Baby

It is time to give thanks for all the good things we have enjoyed and learn throughout the year. Let’s learn a few Thanksgiving signs

Pumpkin

Turkey

Apple

Thanksgiving

Family

Leaf

Table

December

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December Baby

 

This is one of our favorite months. During December we want to focus on holiday signs and food signs. We also want to spend a little time expanding our vocabulary with new signs for family members.

Aunt

Uncle

Cousin

Grandma

Grandpa

Christmas

Hanukkah

Santa Claus

Gift

In addition to our suggested words think about adding other words that are relevant or of interest to your baby. If you want to learn more ways to expedite the learning process and get the best possible results consider reading our Baby Sign Language Comprehensive Teaching Guide. This guide is the gold standard for numerous child development centers and daycares worldwide.