Back to School Stress? Five Baby Signs to Help Your Toddler Transition Successfully

Back to School

For most of us this week was marked by transitions. Social media feeds with first day of school pictures, last minute errands and a deep sense of anxiety for everyone as we face the natural challenges of a new grade, new routines and new friends. If you have toddlers going to daycare for the first time don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to stay with them the first, second or third day.

Will Their Needs Be Met?

There is an unspoken language between parents and babies that allows for you to instinctually meet basic needs. You know every expression and can interpret every cry and whine. When the time comes to drop them at daycare you will question the capacity of the caregivers to cater to your child the way you do it at home. If this is you, you are not alone. The sentiment is prevalent among most parents and it is absolutely valid. The reality is that your baby as well as their caregivers will go through a transitional period in which they will learn more about each other. With a little luck, within weeks there will be a new normal.

What About Asking For Help?

Your little one has needs. Needs for food, comfort and rest which are best met if he or she is able to convey preferences. At home these needs are quickly met without having to compete with other children for the attention of the caregiver. At daycare things change. With this in mind one of the best things we can do for our little ones is to empower them with communication tools that can help create a seamless transition.

Every toddler is different thus each parent should customize their sign deck to match the needs of their little one. Here are a few categories to help you select the best baby signs for your toddler:

 

Favorite Foods

Your baby needs to be able to communicate if he is thirsty or hungry. Additionally, you want to give them signs for their favorite foods. Pick signs like cracker, water, juice, berries, grapes, cheese and milk. Also give your baby signs like more and all done.

Favorite Toys

In their first daycare interactions your little one will be challenged with concepts like sharing and other play-related dynamics. Give them baby signs for things like their favorite toy or blanket as well as signs for common toys available at their daycare. We love signs like blocks, playground, swing, slide, doll, truck, share and mine. We also like teaching signs like take turns.

Feelings & Fears

This is where baby sign language is most useful. Teach your baby signs that let them convey discomfort, fear etc. We love to teach signs like, afraid, happy, sad, sleepy, frustrated and funny.

Places & People

Relationships with people can be a source of stress or a source of comfort for your baby. Teach them signs like mom, dad, nanny, teacher, friend and sister. Also include signs like doctor and nurse.

 
If you are ready to start communicating with your baby we encourage you to take advantage of our collection of digital and printed resources.

 

 

baby sign language kit

The Standard Baby Sign Language Kit, bundles together everything you need to get started with signing in one box, at a steep discount. The kit includes: (1) Baby Sign Language Guide Book; (2) Baby Sign Language Dictionary: (3) Baby Sign Language Flash Cards; and (4) Baby Sign Language Wall Chart.

Baby Sign Language Guide Book shows you how to teach your child how to sign. The book begins with a Quick Start Guide that will teach you your first signs and having you ready to sign in 30 minutes. As your baby progresses, you can delve into more advanced topics like combining signs to make phrases, using props, and transitioning to speech. (Regularly $19.95)

Baby Sign Language Dictionary contains over 600 signs including the most common words, the alphabet and numbers. The dictionary helps you expand your child’s vocabulary, and has the breadth of coverage that lets you follow any child’s natural interests. Each sign is illustrated with two or more diagrams, showing you the starting position, the ending position, and intermediate motion. This makes learning new signs easy.  (Regularly $19.95)

Baby Sign Language Flash Cards include 52 sturdy board (4×6 inches) flash cards, covering a variety of basic signs. The flash cards allow you to teach words, such as animal names, that Baby is not exposed to in everyday life. The face of the flash cards shows the word and image for the child. The back of the flash cards show how the sign is performed, a handy reminder for the adult.  (Regularly $24.95)

Baby Sign Language Wall Chart includes 22 basic signs, and makes a handy reminder for caregivers. The Baby Sign Language Wall Chart covers basic signs, like eat, drink, and sleep. Hang the poster in Baby’s Nursery to help babysitters, or other occasional caregivers learn and decode the most commonly used baby signs.  (Regularly $9.95)

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!

Etta’s Baby Sign Language Story & Video

 

In this video Etta signs over 25 signs relevant to daily interactions like eating, getting dressed and exploring the world around her. At about 1.31 minutes into the video Kristin asks Etta if she wants to continue signing to which Etta replies with a “more”. We also love how she is starting to use her words and using the signs for emphasis.

Here is Etta’s story as told by her mom Kristin. Thank you Kristin for making us part of your baby sign language journey. We really appreciate your efforts and enthusiasm.

 

“Our baby sign language journey began almost six years ago when our son was born and we ran across an article extolling the benefits of using sign with pre-verbal children. We introduced sign successfully with him, and were determined to start earlier and use more when Etta came along. We introduced sign around 4 months with her, starting with simple signs like “more,” “all done,” and “nurse.” We found it discouraging to keep signing and not got any reciprocal signs, but at ten months, she first signed “more,” and that first sign remains one of her favorites. From there, Etta’s signing vocabulary grew steadily, exploding between twelve and sixteen months. At eighteen months, she has almost a hundred signs, and has begun to create two and three sign phrases. She approximates a lot of her signs, but we can almost always use context to understand her. She can communicate her needs, sign animals and objects, and even creates her own signs for her favorite friends! She like to watch Rachel and her signing friends every morning and before bed. Baby Signing Time has been more than just a fun hobby for our family – it has been truly essential with Etta. She has very few spoken words, and signs are incredibly empowering to her, and to our whole family. She lights up when adults in her world are able to understand her, and she frequently asks for new signs when she encounters something unfamiliar. We are so thankful for the gift of sign language in our family.”

Etta Signs

 

The picture above is Etta at about 10 months old. During Thanksgiving she signed “more” for the very first time. Below you can see Etta hard at play and full of joy. Etta is such a smart and happy baby!

Etta Plays

If you are ready to start communicating with your baby we encourage you to take advantage of our collection of digital and printed resources.

 

 

baby sign language kit

The Standard Baby Sign Language Kit, bundles together everything you need to get started with signing in one box, at a steep discount. The kit includes: (1) Baby Sign Language Guide Book; (2) Baby Sign Language Dictionary: (3) Baby Sign Language Flash Cards; and (4) Baby Sign Language Wall Chart.

Baby Sign Language Guide Book shows you how to teach your child how to sign. The book begins with a Quick Start Guide that will teach you your first signs and having you ready to sign in 30 minutes. As your baby progresses, you can delve into more advanced topics like combining signs to make phrases, using props, and transitioning to speech. (Regularly $19.95)

Baby Sign Language Dictionary contains over 600 signs including the most common words, the alphabet and numbers. The dictionary helps you expand your child’s vocabulary, and has the breadth of coverage that lets you follow any child’s natural interests. Each sign is illustrated with two or more diagrams, showing you the starting position, the ending position, and intermediate motion. This makes learning new signs easy.  (Regularly $19.95)

Baby Sign Language Flash Cards include 52 sturdy board (4×6 inches) flash cards, covering a variety of basic signs. The flash cards allow you to teach words, such as animal names, that Baby is not exposed to in everyday life. The face of the flash cards shows the word and image for the child. The back of the flash cards show how the sign is performed, a handy reminder for the adult.  (Regularly $24.95)

Baby Sign Language Wall Chart includes 22 basic signs, and makes a handy reminder for caregivers. The Baby Sign Language Wall Chart covers basic signs, like eat, drink, and sleep. Hang the poster in Baby’s Nursery to help babysitters, or other occasional caregivers learn and decode the most commonly used baby signs.  (Regularly $9.95)

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!

Vidah’s Baby Sign Language Video & Story

One of the best ways to encourage new moms and dads to use baby sign language is through sharing the testimony of other parents, learning about their successes and their struggles. We are so fortunate to have many friends who have generously shared their baby sign language journey. Meet Vidah. Vidah Mia is Veronica’s little baby girl and here is her story:

“Vidah Mía is a 16 month old baby girl. She is the youngest of 3 children (my first, my husband’s 3rd). We started using Baby sign language premium package last March, when she was 12 months old. Repetition of the signs while vocalizing the words has been the strategy that has helped us. Initially we started using words she would be exposed too frequently, such as water, milk, mom, dad, more, diaper, etc. She has learned very quickly, so we started introducing new signs as she was growing up with things that were more fun, like airplane, slide, etc. Not only she has been able to communicate her needs to us with consistency and on time, avoiding stressfull crying or screaming on her part… But also it has helped us identify things she loves, like animals. Also it has helped us have her communicate with her siblings and grandparents, who live miles away from us. They have been learning as well as we have, which makes our conversations via facetime more fun and with lots of things to talk about. Vidah has demonstrated to learn how to vocalize words faster than we expected.. Plus she is learning 3 lamguages at the same time (Spanish, English and Signing), which we are sure will open many doors for her in the future.

As for challenges, it does consume time and effort, specially with words that you dont use frequently. But, we only see it as qn opportunity to develop and grow, not only her, but us as parents. Organizations skills, patience skills, teaching skills, learning a new language as well. Just making it part of our daily activities has been a good strategy”.

Vidah Signs

Thank you Veronica for keeping us abreast of her progress. It has been a pleasure to watch her grow and learn. We can’t wait for our next update.

If you are ready to start communicating with your baby we encourage you to take advantage of our collection of digital and printed resources.

 

 

baby sign language kit

The Standard Baby Sign Language Kit, bundles together everything you need to get started with signing in one box, at a steep discount. The kit includes: (1) Baby Sign Language Guide Book; (2) Baby Sign Language Dictionary: (3) Baby Sign Language Flash Cards; and (4) Baby Sign Language Wall Chart.

Baby Sign Language Guide Book shows you how to teach your child how to sign. The book begins with a Quick Start Guide that will teach you your first signs and having you ready to sign in 30 minutes. As your baby progresses, you can delve into more advanced topics like combining signs to make phrases, using props, and transitioning to speech. (Regularly $19.95)

Baby Sign Language Dictionary contains over 600 signs including the most common words, the alphabet and numbers. The dictionary helps you expand your child’s vocabulary, and has the breadth of coverage that lets you follow any child’s natural interests. Each sign is illustrated with two or more diagrams, showing you the starting position, the ending position, and intermediate motion. This makes learning new signs easy.  (Regularly $19.95)

Baby Sign Language Flash Cards include 52 sturdy board (4×6 inches) flash cards, covering a variety of basic signs. The flash cards allow you to teach words, such as animal names, that Baby is not exposed to in everyday life. The face of the flash cards shows the word and image for the child. The back of the flash cards show how the sign is performed, a handy reminder for the adult.  (Regularly $24.95)

Baby Sign Language Wall Chart includes 22 basic signs, and makes a handy reminder for caregivers. The Baby Sign Language Wall Chart covers basic signs, like eat, drink, and sleep. Hang the poster in Baby’s Nursery to help babysitters, or other occasional caregivers learn and decode the most commonly used baby signs.  (Regularly $9.95)

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!

The Most Dangerous Baby Signs For Inquisitive Toddlers

The Six Signs

 

When it came to adding new signs we hesitated to include the five magical Ws and the powerful M. If you have any experience raising a toddler you probably know why. Toddlers are little inquisitive sponges whose only goal in this life is to ask questions. About 437 per day. If you are the happy parent of one you can proceed at your own risk.

If your little one is already forming compound phrases and asking questions galore go ahead and print out these beautiful freebies.

Why?

Who?

When?

Where?

What?

More!

These awesome signs will give you hour after hour of engagement and will empower your little one in areas associated to discovery and development.

 

New to signing? Why not consider including a baby sign language kit to your educational resources library. Baby sign language kits will amplify the learning experience and empower your pre-verbal child setting the stage for a lifetime of learning success.

 

baby sign language kit

The Standard Baby Sign Language Kit, bundles together everything you need to get started with signing in one box, at a steep discount. The kit includes: (1) Baby Sign Language Guide Book; (2) Baby Sign Language Dictionary: (3) Baby Sign Language Flash Cards; and (4) Baby Sign Language Wall Chart.

Baby Sign Language Guide Book shows you how to teach your child how to sign. The book begins with a Quick Start Guide that will teach you your first signs and having you ready to sign in 30 minutes. As your baby progresses, you can delve into more advanced topics like combining signs to make phrases, using props, and transitioning to speech. (Regularly $19.95)

Baby Sign Language Dictionary contains over 600 signs including the most common words, the alphabet and numbers. The dictionary helps you expand your child’s vocabulary, and has the breadth of coverage that lets you follow any child’s natural interests. Each sign is illustrated with two or more diagrams, showing you the starting position, the ending position, and intermediate motion. This makes learning new signs easy.  (Regularly $19.95)

Baby Sign Language Flash Cards include 52 sturdy board (4×6 inches) flash cards, covering a variety of basic signs. The flash cards allow you to teach words, such as animal names, that Baby is not exposed to in everyday life. The face of the flash cards shows the word and image for the child. The back of the flash cards show how the sign is performed, a handy reminder for the adult.  (Regularly $24.95)

Baby Sign Language Wall Chart includes 22 basic signs, and makes a handy reminder for caregivers. The Baby Sign Language Wall Chart covers basic signs, like eat, drink, and sleep. Hang the poster in Baby’s Nursery to help babysitters, or other occasional caregivers learn and decode the most commonly used baby signs.  (Regularly $9.95)

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!

Five Ways Baby Sign Language is Transforming The Way You Parent

“Babies are sponges” We hear it all the time and it is a great reminder to parent intentionally. When we parent, we often forget that it is a two-way relation where both participants grow and learn.

Today, we are setting time aside to share with you five ways in which teaching your baby how to sign is radically transforming the way you relate to your child and setting the stage for a life of effective parent-child engagement.

Baby Sign Language Encourages Eye Contact

Baby Looks

Our gaze is one of the most important and primitive means of communication. Where, when and how we look at others determines the tone of the relationship. When we first begin teaching our babies how to sign, we are naturally directed toward visual engagement. We look at our baby and do whatever is needed to have our baby visually engage with our hand movements. Through this exercise our little ones begin to learn how to read emotions and most importantly they learn about proper responses. When you are working on teaching your baby how to sign make certain there is clarity in your expression. If you are signing something sad, make sure your face follows, similarly, if you are teaching your baby signs like happy or play make a joyful face and let your eyes sparkle.

Baby Sign Language Facilitates Physical Touch

touch

Early on when we are teaching our babies how to sign we are able to incorporate a variety of methods. When observation is not sufficient we can reinforce a sign through hand modeling. When we hand-model a sign for our baby we gently guide their hands with ours and help them position their fingers to match the sign we are trying to teach. When we model a sign we are provided with an opportunity to affirm our affection through touch. Make certain your approach is tender and natural. Through gentleness on how we touch our babies we can increase their trust.

Baby Sign Language Provides Needed Early Warnings

hungry

Knowing what your baby needs and wants can radically change the way you parent. Early on, meeting basic needs associated to nourishment, temperature and comfort can make a world of difference in the way your baby perceives you. When a preverbal child is able to convey immediate needs he or she will have a sense of fulfillment that can’t be replaced.

Baby Sign Language Expands The Learning Experience

toddler explores

Our job as parents is to help our children to be the best that they can be without compromising their personality, natural curiosity and personal preferences. Through having the ability of communicating ideas early on in their life your baby is empowering you to help him make the best of who they really are. The little things that capture their hearts can be cultivated and maximized giving them a helpful head start. One of my little nephews was quite passionate about signing water and swimming. Five years later, he swims competitively and truly delights in other water sports like sailing.

Baby Sign Language Makes For Smooth Parenting Transitions

daycare

Not all of us have the opportunity or vocation to be stay-at-home parents. If we are among the many who relies on others for childcare, baby sign language can empower your little one to overcome the stress of transitions and change. Basic baby signs can help your baby feel more in control while helping you having radical peace of mind. Work side-by-side with your caregiver to make certain your little one is understood and his needs are being met. Signs like thirsty, cold or hurt can help a child quickly address discomfort and can give you a sense of peace while you are at work.

You too can begin signing with your baby with the help of our beautifully designed teaching resources. Fares learned to sign using the Baby Sign Language Ultra Kit. The ultra kit has 12 different resources that can be used from birth until preschool.

 

 

baby sign language kit

The Standard Baby Sign Language Kit, bundles together everything you need to get started with signing in one box, at a steep discount. The kit includes: (1) Baby Sign Language Guide Book; (2) Baby Sign Language Dictionary: (3) Baby Sign Language Flash Cards; and (4) Baby Sign Language Wall Chart.

Baby Sign Language Guide Book shows you how to teach your child how to sign. The book begins with a Quick Start Guide that will teach you your first signs and having you ready to sign in 30 minutes. As your baby progresses, you can delve into more advanced topics like combining signs to make phrases, using props, and transitioning to speech. (Regularly $19.95)

Baby Sign Language Dictionary contains over 600 signs including the most common words, the alphabet and numbers. The dictionary helps you expand your child’s vocabulary, and has the breadth of coverage that lets you follow any child’s natural interests. Each sign is illustrated with two or more diagrams, showing you the starting position, the ending position, and intermediate motion. This makes learning new signs easy.  (Regularly $19.95)

Baby Sign Language Flash Cards include 52 sturdy board (4×6 inches) flash cards, covering a variety of basic signs. The flash cards allow you to teach words, such as animal names, that Baby is not exposed to in everyday life. The face of the flash cards shows the word and image for the child. The back of the flash cards show how the sign is performed, a handy reminder for the adult.  (Regularly $24.95)

Baby Sign Language Wall Chart includes 22 basic signs, and makes a handy reminder for caregivers. The Baby Sign Language Wall Chart covers basic signs, like eat, drink, and sleep. Hang the poster in Baby’s Nursery to help babysitters, or other occasional caregivers learn and decode the most commonly used baby signs.  (Regularly $9.95)

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

Fares Baby Sign Language Story

Sign, Baby Sign!

Meet our little friend Fares. His parents Luisa & Fernando have been hard at work teaching Fares as many signs as he is willing to learn. Not only is Fares learning baby sign language, he is also hard at work in expanding his English vocabulary as well as his native language, Spanish.

This is How Fares is Learning

Luisa & Fernando’s approach to teaching is based on the F.R.E.E. method. Through, fun, repetition, encouragement and expansion Fares is fully embracing signing. His favorite learning tools include flash cards and toys that represents objects. He is also highly curious and often asks for the signs of new objects as he explores the world that surrounds him

In Luisa’s Own Words

“I can’t really remember how I got started with Baby Sign Language.  What I know is that I love reading about babies, how to raise them and how to understand them.  Somehow I read about baby sign language and the benefits it brings to families as far as communication is concerned.  So I started watching some of the videos on YouTube when my son was about 7 months old.  The first word my husband and I taught him was “More.”

A few weeks later, my son started recognizing the sign but, most importantly for us, he began trying making it himself.  The next word we tried was “Water.”  Since he likes water so much, that was an easy word and it didn’t take long for him to learn it.

After that, we fully fell in love with the idea of signing.  My husband and I bought one of the BSL kits that had 4 DVD’s, the poster and the dictionary.  He quickly absorbed all the signs concepts and ideas from the DVDs.  Now that he is 1 year and 5 months old, he knows almost all of the words in the videos, he has learned all of the signs of the poster, he asks what is the word for things he doesn’t know and we are learning new words through the dictionary, the online videos on the BSL web page and other ASL sources. He has also began putting sentences together by combining two or more signs.

Our greatest challenge has been teaching him the words in both English and Spanish (since we are from Guatemala,) and to have some of the people we know understand that sign language does not hinder spoken communication.  What we love is to show them what our son knows in sign language so they can see what a great help it means when you are trying to understand your son or daughter.

Our next goal is to increase our son’s vocabulary and start a full sign language communication program so he can fully communicate in sign language with other people and, perhaps, become an ASL interpreter.  The other night we watched music videos interpreted in sign language and our son – as well as my husband and I – were fascinated at the art of signing and music combined.

Thank you, BSL, for giving parents and children a great tool to understand each other and communicate with babies, which otherwise would be an impossible task.”

Luisa, Fernando & Fares

About Luisa:

Luisa is first and foremost a mother to Fares, she is also a teacher, journalist, certified infant massage instructor and Doula in training. She hosts baby sign language classes and play groups in Guatemala City, and always has a word of encouragement for new mamas.

About Fernando:

Fernando is a legal translator, teacher of English & French and currently completing his studies in Acoustics Engineering. He is Luisa’s sidekick and partner in the adventure of life. When we asked Fernando about baby sign language this is what he had to say:

“I never imagined that a child has thoughts that he wants to communicate unless my wife taught me. I am amazed of this world of having our child signing to let us know exactly what he wants or thinks. I would like to pass this knowledge on to other parents so they know that their child wants to speak to them, especially in our culture where people think that adults know everything and do not think much of children. BSL is perfect to change this mindset and open a new world of communication for parents and children.”

 

You too can begin signing with your baby with the help of our beautifully designed teaching resources. Fares learned to sign using the Baby Sign Language Ultra Kit. The ultra kit has 12 different resources that can be used from birth until preschool.

 

 

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The Standard Baby Sign Language Kit, bundles together everything you need to get started with signing in one box, at a steep discount. The kit includes: (1) Baby Sign Language Guide Book; (2) Baby Sign Language Dictionary: (3) Baby Sign Language Flash Cards; and (4) Baby Sign Language Wall Chart.

Baby Sign Language Guide Book shows you how to teach your child how to sign. The book begins with a Quick Start Guide that will teach you your first signs and having you ready to sign in 30 minutes. As your baby progresses, you can delve into more advanced topics like combining signs to make phrases, using props, and transitioning to speech. (Regularly $19.95)

Baby Sign Language Dictionary contains over 600 signs including the most common words, the alphabet and numbers. The dictionary helps you expand your child’s vocabulary, and has the breadth of coverage that lets you follow any child’s natural interests. Each sign is illustrated with two or more diagrams, showing you the starting position, the ending position, and intermediate motion. This makes learning new signs easy.  (Regularly $19.95)

Baby Sign Language Flash Cards include 52 sturdy board (4×6 inches) flash cards, covering a variety of basic signs. The flash cards allow you to teach words, such as animal names, that Baby is not exposed to in everyday life. The face of the flash cards shows the word and image for the child. The back of the flash cards show how the sign is performed, a handy reminder for the adult.  (Regularly $24.95)

Baby Sign Language Wall Chart includes 22 basic signs, and makes a handy reminder for caregivers. The Baby Sign Language Wall Chart covers basic signs, like eat, drink, and sleep. Hang the poster in Baby’s Nursery to help babysitters, or other occasional caregivers learn and decode the most commonly used baby signs.  (Regularly $9.95)

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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Your baby loves signing, or a full refund.

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

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

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Theodora Uses Baby Sign Language

Meet baby Theodora. At 18-months old Theodora knows signs that help her communicate needs and explore the world around her. Baby Theodora loves signing, with the help of her mom who is a counselor, Theodora is able to replace screaming, crying and tantrums with signing to help her parents, relatives and caregivers give her exactly what she wants and needs.

Baby Theodora’s mom uses songs, contextual signing and baby sign language flash cards to help her learn signs.

In addition to learning signs baby Theodora is also learning English as her second language.

We are so proud of Theodora’s mom Florence for her efforts in teaching her how to use baby sign language.

We asked Florence to share with us her baby sign language journey.

“I am a Counseling consultant developing a multiple intelligences playgroup programme, I find out that my clients are concerning when their baby start expressing themselves and how many words they can says. More and more babies and children are using crying, screaming, shouting to express their need instead of proper communication.

When I saw the the videos of Baby Sign Language website, I was impressed by how babies can communicate before they are able to talk!

So I decided to start out signing journey with my 18 months old daughter Theodora! She was able to speak short phrases and able to sing ABC, 5 little monkeys, fingers songs, twinkle twinkle little stars and head and shoulder knee and toes by herself clearly. At first, I am worrying she was a bit late to start as she was able to communicate already. To my surprise, she really loves the songs and video in the DVD, and was eager to initiate to listen and dance by taking out the DVD from the box, putting the CD into the player and press play all by herself!

Now she was able to sign and speak all the signs in the 4 DVD and CD sets! We planned to start the preschool programme soon.”

Florence

If you are ready to start teaching your baby how to sign you can join Theodora and begin using the beautiful resources available in the Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit. The kit contains 12 Resources inclusive of the most popular Baby Signing Time DVDs and CDs.

Teaching Toddlers Thankfulness Using Baby Sign Language

AfraidRegardless of your parenting style we can all agree that manners do matter and are often the key to successful social interactions. We all want to raise pleasant well integrated kiddos whose heart is always in the right place. With this in mind we are all looking for ways to effectively teach abstracts like gratitude, empathy and cordiality.

Thankfulness Is Not a Basic Need

When we teach baby sign language we do it with the main goal of equipping our babies to convey basic needs. It is all about empowerment and making the pre-verbal stage more bearable. The first baby signs that you teach your baby should always be associated to primary needs. Go for the basics and work on those signs until your baby masters them. Once you have a basic foundation you can move to the next stage of learning and begin incorporating abstracts.

Manners Are Best Taught Through Imitation & Repetition

Teaching our babies about thankfulness is all about us. From birth we can instill a culture of gratitude by consistently thanking our baby for appropriate behaviors and thanking others when our baby is watching. Thank your older child for fetching a bottle or a diaper using a sign combined with words and always making sure your voice is full of positivism. Consistent gratitude is contagious. Pass it on!

Use The Signs for Please & Thank You During Meals

Mealtime is a fantastic setting to learn thankfulness. Let your toddler help out and thank him for his helpfulness. Sign please when appropriate and use your thank you sign every time an opportunity arises.

Introduce Thankfulness During Story Time

There are many wonderful books suitable for the first years that tackle manners through storytelling. Babies love to participate in interactive reading. Invite your baby to sign please and thank you when appropriate as your read a story or a poem about gratitude.

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Teach Your Baby Thankful Tunes

Pick a well known thank you song or invent your own. Singing is a great way to trigger recall and it helps in forming habits that embrace gratitude. We have a thank you song we sing to grandparents and one we use during our evening prayers.

 

Teaching your baby manners is a habit he will cherish for life. Get started today. To download your free Thank You baby sign language flash card click here.

Ten Baby Signs That Can Help Your Baby Make Emotional Connections

When we talk about baby sign language, it is often in light of our pre-verbal child who is hard at work learning to communicate basic needs. We mostly focus our teaching and learning on signs that empower like food or objects that are meaningful to our baby. As our babies grow, in particular when they are approaching the “terrible twos” we may want to shift focus and expand their signing vocabulary in a way that facilitates and encourages emotional connections with those around them.

Emotional connections for babies and toddlers can be achieved when our babies have words or signs that allow them to convey how they feel, as well as signs that equip them to serve, care and encourage others.

Let’s take a look at ten signs that can help your toddler better connect with caregivers, family members, educators and peers:

Afraid

Afraid

Teaching our toddler to sign afraid will allow him to quickly seek help, comfort and refuge in moments of high stress.

Signing: Afraid starts with your hands by your sides. Then you bring your hands up in front of your body, palms facing inward and fingers spread. The sign looks a lot like you just got a big fright.

You can find the free printable flash card for the sign Afraid here.

Take Turns

 

Take Turns

Teaching your baby signs that can facilitate effective social interactions often leads to a child that is welcome in a variety of social settings.  The natural drive of a little one is generally aimed at survival making the sign take turns something that we want to teach later rather than earlier.

Signing: To sign take turns your dominant hand forms the letter L with the thumb up and fingers stretched. You start the motion close to your chest and move your hand toward the other party and back to you as if in pointing whose turn it is.

You can find the free printable flash card for the sign Take Turns here.

 

Listen

 

Listen

The sign for listen works both ways. It allows your toddler to ask for your attention and invites him to focus on others when applicable. For example, you can encourage your toddler to listen to a friend while it is their turn to speak.

Signing: Point at your ear with your index finger. Alternatively, you can cup your hand to your ear as if you are straining to hear.

You can find the free printable flash card for the sign Listen here.

Don’t Hit

Don't Hit

 

This is a sign you may want to introduce only if your child displays aggressive behaviors. By having a code by which you can encourage good behavior without embarrassing your child you give him or her an advantage and the opportunity to quickly correct their behavior and move forward with social interactions in a positive note.

Signing: To sign don’t hit you will punch your index of the non-dominant hand with your dominant fist while moving your head side to side communicating a negation.

You can review a video of the sign for don’t hit here.

Sorry

Showing our babies how to communicate a sense of repentance for something that may have offended or caused pain to a fellow human is essential when building empathy. Because this is a complex concept to grasp we teach it by example and repetition. We express how sorry we are when we realize we have wronged our baby or another person.

Signing: To sign sorry, make your hand into a fist and rub it in a circular motion across your chest. It is like you are rubbing around your heart because you are truly sorry.

You can find the printable flash card for the sign Sorry here.

 

Now that you have learned the basics let’s add these other emotional and relational signs to our signing repertoire:

Why

I Love You

Share

Kiss

Be Careful

 

Are you ready to get started? Why not buy the Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit. The kit includes 12 excellent resources that will take your baby from birth until preschool as you explore together the joys of communication.

Our Most Complete Kit. The Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit is our most comprehensive kit and includes everything you need to teach your baby to sign. The kit includes:

 

 

•  Baby Signing Time! DVDs Vol. 1 – 4 (4 DVDs & 4 CDs) – baby learns new signs while enjoying Rachel Coleman’s award-winning songs. DVDs and bonus CDs are included for fun at home and on the run.

•  Baby Signing Time! Board Books Vol. 1 – 4 – enjoy the benefits of reading plus signing while keeping baby entertained.

•  BSL Guide Book – learn to sign faster and have more fun. The book begins with a Quick Start Guide that will teach you your first signs and have 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 from signing to speaking.

•  Signing 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 your child’s interests. Each sign is illustrated with two diagrams, showing you the starting position, the ending position, and intermediate motion.

•  Flash Cards – 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 each flash card shows the word and image for the child. The back of each flash card shows how the sign is performed, a convenient reminder for the adult.

 

•  Wall Chart – the 24′ x 36′ wall chart includes 17 basic signs, and is a great resource 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Baby Sign Language Resources Can Help Your Child Tackle CAS (Childhood Apraxia of Speech)

Apraxia

Recently I had the opportunity to visit with my friend Martha who is a speech therapist. I was quite surprised to see several decks of baby sign language flash cards in her therapy room. I had to ask why someone whose main objective was to help someone speak was making use of sign language as a support tool for her sessions. Martha was quick and eager to tell me about several patients under three years of age who were hard at work overcoming childhood apraxia of speech, also known as developmental verbal dyspraxia.

To put it simply CAS is a condition where the brain struggles to direct the body to act in ways conducive to speech. A child with apraxia does to have muscle weakness or paralysis hindering speech. Instead, the order from the brain to form sounds through the use of muscles and movements is not happening the way it should. A child with CAS lacks precision and consistency when vocalizing and in some instances he or she will not speak but will demonstrate full understanding of words and concepts.

Little ones diagnosed with CAS have three key characteristics that differentiate their condition from other speech disorders:

  • Inconsistent errors in consonants and vowels in repeated production of syllables and words
  • Lengthened coarticulatory transitions between sounds and syllables (pauses).
  • Inappropriate prosody (prosody is the rhythm of speech as in the way poetry has musicality), especially in the realization of lexical or phrasal stress

What Causes Childhood Apraxia of Speech? 

The cause for CAS is not known but generally speaking there are genetic factors and instances where this motor disorder is related to injuries at birth

This is How Baby Sign Language Flash Cards Help

CAS is not curable but children can overcome it through early intervention and therapy. Therapy for CAS has a multi-prong approach. Therapy is led by a speech pathologist and is handled in short, high intensity sessions that tackle motor learning.

Baby Sign Language Flash Cards are useful at all stages of therapy as one of many augmentative communication resources.

-Toddlers are encouraged to sign creating opportunities to refine motor skills.

-Toddlers have the chance to point aiding in the communication of immediate needs.

-Toddlers are able to receive visual feedback associated to specific verbalizations.

-Toddlers can have a tactile experience by holding the card and engaging with the therapist.

 

We encourage you to use all of our free printable resources or purchase our affordable and durable flash card sets.

Boost Your Baby’s Confidence With Baby Sign Language

Confident Baby

There are many parenting styles but all hold certain commonalities. Among the most important ones is the desire to raise babies with high self esteem and deep sense of confidence. Baby sign language is one of many resources parents can incorporate to ensure empowerment and give babies a head start when it comes to confidence.

Baby Sign Language Promotes Positive Feelings

One of the first interactions you will have with your baby is through visual engagement and focus. From the very start you can begin signing emotional signs that convey encouragement and affection making sure you utilize voice intonation and facial expressions that support the sign. Equip your baby to make associations between a sign and the sense that he or she is loved, appreciated and able.

Baby Sign Language Allows You to Respond to Early Cues

One of the most important aspects of baby sign language is having the ability to communicate with your pre-verbal child and being able to respond to their basic needs. Responsiveness to early cues lets you baby know that he or she is valued and boosts self confidence as well as trust in others. This is particularly relevant with signs associated to basic needs such as food, warmth and conveying pain.

Baby Sign Language Gives You a Way to Encourage

We all need a cheerleader. Baby sign language gives your baby the opportunity to have early achievements that can be celebrated. As he or she progresses make it a point to respond enthusiastically each time he or she makes an effort to mimic a sign. Micro-celebrations set the stage for a happy and confident child.

Baby Sign Language Facilitates Parent-Child Bonding

A child that feels understood from the very beginning is far more likely to develop a strong sense of confidence and a deep connection with their parents and caregivers. Through equipping your baby with basic signs and responding to the signs by meeting their basic needs your baby will know that you are there for him.

Baby Sign Language Equips You To Respect & Comprehend Your Baby’s Temperament 

Every baby is different. From the moment your child is in the womb you will become familiar with the nuances that make him or her unique. Through properly responding to their temperament you will foster self-assurance and equip your baby to embrace who they are from the very beginning. Teach your baby emotional signs such as angry, sad and happy to help them convey their emotions.

 

To get started with baby sign language visit our quick start guide or order our comprehensive kits curated to meet your baby signing needs from birth to preschool.