How Do I Teach My Baby Sign Language?

If you are a new mama or a new to signing mama you are probably mystified by the idea of a pre-verbal baby communicating through signs. You have asked friends and family and now you are recurring to the internet to finally figure out how exactly is it that babies learn their first signs.

Grab a cup of tea and let’s learn the basics:

We Are Natural Baby Sign Language Teachers and Learners

Believe it or not your baby already signs. Expressive communication through the use of our hands is the normal default means of communication of any child under one. When your child reaches, pulls or waves bye bye he is in fact using signs to communicate.

Babies Learn Baby Sign Language Through Consistent Feedback

The most successful and quickest signers are the babies of families that make it a point to use basic signs all the time. Pick your most useful signs and use them without fail every time it is contextually correct to sign the concept.

You Can Teach Your Baby How to Use Sign Language From Birth

Just like we speak to our babies from the time they can hear us, signing from birth accelerates visual learning. Even when our babies are not yet able to sign they will be able to respond to certain visual queues.

Babies Can Learn to Sign at Daycare

If you are a working parent don’t feel like baby signs are not an option for you. Many daycares nationwide use our program and resources to reinforce skills learned at home or to introduce babies to their very first signs.

Babies Learn How to Use Baby Sign Language By Selecting Relevant Vocabulary

As tempting as it is, we encourage you to stay away from trying to teach your baby full baby sign language. All your baby needs is enough words to feel empowered until he or she is able to convey all that he or she needs or wants.

Fifteen Baby Signs Every Baby Needs to Know

The benefits of teaching your baby how to use baby sign language are endless and so are the number of signs available to learn and teach. If you are a first time mama or a daycare provider trying to prioritize and ensure the signs your babies are learning are relevant and useful take a moment to review this list. We have selected the most popular baby signs taking into account the needs and wants of little ones in the pre-verbal stage.

Let’s get started:

More
Nothing more frustrating than not getting enough. Not enough cuddles, not enough milk, not enough rest. The sign for more is super simple and babies as early as six months should be able to learn it with ease.

The sign for more brings both hands together with fingers meeting at the center.

Milk

This is the ultimate favorite. I have seen babies as young as four months learn to sign milk. The baby sign for milk is performed with just one hand.

The difference between the sign for breast milk and the sign for bottled milk is the proximity of the sign to the breast area.

All Done
All done is a partner sign with more. Teaching our babies to communicate the need for additional resources or having reached the point of satiety is a great help in reducing temper tantrums.

All done is signed with hands in front of you doing a turn around motion as to convey emptiness.

Eat

I can’t tell you how much we love teaching this sign. As babies explore their first foods it is lovely to see them combine the sign for eat along with their favorite treats.

Eat and food are the same sign and it is achieved by bringing your dominant hand toward your mouth as if in holding a small sandwich.

Drink

We used the sign for drink for a long long time. Even our preschoolers use the sign to quietly communicate the need to get a drink during quiet time.

To sign drink our dominant hand holds an invisible cup and takes it toward our mouth.

Water

Aside from using the sign for water for obvious things like thirst we had a great time incorporating the sign during swimming lessons, our bath time and when doing crafts that required water.

To sign water we make a letter W with our dominant hand and we take it toward our mouth.

Help
There is a very delicate balance between equipping a toddler to be independent and ensuring they feel safe, cared-for and empowered to secure aid. Our babies knew the sign for help as soon as they started walking.

Make a flat palm and place your opposite hand on top of it with the thumb up. Raise both hands together.

Hurt

The sign for hurt has proven to be extra helpful when our little ones are injured or sick and unable to fully convey their suffering. We normally teach our babies and toddlers to point to the area of pain and sign hurt.

To sign hurt tap your index fingers together.

Cold
Another source of discomfort and frustration commonly encountered by babies is temperature variations in food and in their environment. Learning the sign for cold early on will empower them to ask for relief when in need of an extra blanket or when a cup with cold water is likely to help with their thirst.

To sign cold your mimic a shiver and bring your arms close to your body.

Hot
Just like cold the sign for hot can serve a number of functions in the daily interactions we have with our babies. From communicating a fever to letting you know that food is at a temperature that may burn.

To sign hot you make a C shape with your dominant hand start at your chin and move it away from you and toward the other party.

Baby

Using the sign baby serves in teaching our little ones self awareness. This was definitely not one of our first signs. We taught the sign for baby when our little ones turned 14 months.

To sign baby we make a motion that mimics cradling a baby back and forth in our arms.

Mom

This is among our top five signs. Teaching our little ones to call for us provides endless comfort and empowerment.

To sign mom we tap our chin with our dominant hand extended with fingers separated.

Dad

Just like the sign for mom we teach and learn the sign for dad to give our babies a sense of security in relationships.

To sign dad we bring our open hand to our forehead with the palm facing toward the center and we tap.

Dog

It is funny to include the family pet as part of the top 15 signs but the reality is that most households with pets consider Fido another member of the family.

To sign dog we tap our leg with our dominant hand as if in calling our doggy to come.

Sleep

Tired babies are cranky babies. This is why the baby sign for sleep should be among the first signs we teach our little ones.

The sign for sleep is achieved by making our dominant hand travel in front of our face as if it was trying to close our eyes.

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

 

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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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Elise’s Baby Sign Language Story – This is How Baby Signs Saved The Day

Elise

Growing up I always heard my grandparents saying: ” Learn as much as you can as early as you can, and as quickly as you can. You Never know when you are going to need the knowledge”.  Preparing for the unknown became second nature in our home. A few days ago I received the sweetest of notes from a mom whose baby signing story reminded me of this approach to life.

When it comes to baby signing you may think is a nice party trick or a way to keep your child busy while challenging their brain and their body. While this is true, baby sign language can be a life-saver if you happen to have a child with speech delays. Thanks to the insistence of a friend, Elise was fortunate to learn signs early on in life. In her mama’s own words:

 

“I’m a first time mom to my now three year old daughter. I never imagined that she would have a speech delay. It was never a thought. I just assumed if you constantly talked to your baby and actively played with them that they would naturally catch onto speech, but that wasn’t the case for my daughter Elise.

Elise

 

    When Elise was one year old, I had a friend from church tell me that I should start teaching her signs. She said my daughter was old enough to understand and that I would be able to communicate with her before she even said her first word. I thought it was a nice idea to be able to communicate back and forth, but it sounded exhausting trying to learn sign language myself and then teaching it to my daughter. I also figured she would be talking in a few short months anyway so I really didn’t want to take the time. Months passed and I found myself a couple of weeks before Elise’s second birthday and she had yet to say any words. Our communication at this point was her pointing, screaming, and grunting. At this point, I decided that I needed to do something different. From that day forward I decided that I would teach her some basic signing words so we could communicate with each other. Almost daily I was on the baby sign language Facebook page and website learning all I could so that I could pass it on to my daughter. Once I started working with Elise on signing she just blossomed. She really enjoyed learning sign language and was catching on quite quickly. In just a few short months she had learned and memorized almost a 100 words and for almost a year signing was her main form of communication.

    I wish I had listened to my friend and started teaching Elise sign language at a younger age. I am truly grateful for baby sign language and the many resources that they have readily available. It has made it so much easier to learn and teach my daughter sign language.”

Kautri S. 

If you are a new parent and you are wondering what you should teach your little one during the first and second year we encourage you to consider baby sign language. For decades, parents all over the world have enjoyed the advantage of pre-verbal communication. If you are ready to get started why not add the Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit. This kit contains our own resources as well as the best of the best from The Baby Signing Time collection. You get 16 resources for less than $120. What a value!

 

 

 

What to Do When Your Already Verbal Toddler Stops Talking – Dealing with Selective Mutism

Real and received speech delays are not uncommon in babies and toddlers. In fact as many of 10% of all children suffer from a voice, speech or swallowing disorder that they may later overcome. Addressing the needs of a child with speech delays while challenging it is still less traumatic than facing a child who is already well on their way to full speech and suddenly stops talking.

Surprisingly, this scenario is far more common that you will ever imagine. We frequently get questions from parents who are startled when their little ones suddenly stop speaking both at home and in social settings.

Once the pediatrician and audiologist have excluded auditory issues and potential scenarios like autism spectrum have been excluded it may be wise to explore the possibility of selective mutism. Selective mutism is a complex and difficult to diagnose condition where the toddler or child only speaks in certain settings. The condition is often tied to anxiety and social phobia and appears to have a genetic element. Selective mutism may take place only at school or social settings and in some instances it is associated to fear triggered by a person within the household. To be clear, selective mutism is not the same as traumatic mutism.

If your toddler has been diagnosed with selective mutism there are many options you can explore to help your toddler embrace speech once again. Early intervention is key.

In addition to appropriate diagnostic your toddler may benefit from the following:

  • Reduced environmental stress
  • Increased engagement in zones of comfort
  • Play therapy
  • Alternative communication such as pointing boards or baby sign language
  • Frequent socialization
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Medication

If you have just received a diagnosis of selective mutism we encourage you to become familiar with our baby sign language materials specifically designed for toddlers. Through music, clear real-life images and simple directions our resources can quickly provide a toddler facing SM an emotionally accessible tool to communicate what matters most to him.

 

Baby Sign Language For Story-Telling & Role-Playing

Imagination is both innate and cultivated. What and how you play with your baby will set the stage for success when it comes to their ability to visualize experiences outside their context. As you begin reading to your baby or toddler take the opportunity to foster their imagination by expanding the narrative and including relevant signs and images not normally available in their day-to-day experiences.

Recently we have been reading western stories, so we are learning the signs for cowboy, American Indian and horse:

 

American Indian

Cowboy

Horse

 

We are also engaging in role play and including words like monster, fairy and elves. We have included all of these signs in our Dictionary which is available online and as a book in our baby sign language store. 

Words that encourage imagination are not a primary need. They are a nice-to-have as your little one develops the ability to recognize make-believe and he or she embraces literature and visual media. Take the time to teach your little one to discern between reality and make-believe. As you do that you may want to teach your baby signs such as “fake”

Fake

 

Through the use of books and movies you will be able to expand your child’s imagination as well as his vocabulary. The earlier you start the better the results. A weekly trip to the library may just be the most precious journey in the adventure of learning and growing up.

 

 

Baby Signs to Be Playground-Ready

I have a huge pet peeve. I am not a huge fan of parents screaming at public playgrounds. I appreciate the hullabaloo of little ones having fun but loud parental engagement does nothing for me.

Learning basic playground signs allows you to be in control of the situation, helps you train your little one to constantly have visual contact with you and adds civility to public settings.

Here is a nice chart to get you started. In addition to the signs on this chart you should learn basic signs available in our dictionary & baby sign language kit such as stop or come.

Ten Smart Ways to Help Babies & Parents Affected by Hurricane Harvey

If you are like most of us you are deeply concerned for those affected by hurricane Harvey. In our case, we are particularly touched by those who had to flee and are currently parenting babies and toddlers. Yesterday we had the opportunity to volunteer at a temporary shelter and we identified specific needs of those dealing with the added complexities of having little ones without a place to call home. As you prepare to donate or assist please keep this tips in mind.

Think Practically

A natural disaster is not an opportunity for you to clean the garage. Large toys, out of season clothes and high tech gadgets have no place in the donation bin. Practice relevancy and meet immediate needs. Pre-wash all baby clothing and pack it in clear bags marked with size and a note indicating that the item has been washed.

Give What You Would Like to Receive

I could not help it notice the donation stack had piles and piles of lower quality disposable diapers. A blowout is not fun at any time but it is particularly difficult if you have limited access to water. When selecting donations shop as if you were shopping for your own baby.

Consider Special Needs

Think about sensitivities and allergies. Pick fragrance-free baby products and consider donating formula that addresses specific food sensitivities.

Give Your Time

Many babies have been relocated to hospitals hours away from their families. If you are a NICU volunteer consider increasing your hours. This little ones need to be held

Strollers & Pack ‘n Plays

In many shelters families are given only cots. If you have small strollers that recline and compact pack ‘n plays consider donating.

Have Bigger Items?  Play the Wait Game

In a few months those whose houses were damaged and had no flood insurance will need all manner of goods. Hold on to your nice stuff. You will soon have the opportunity to make a difference and help a family or two trying to put their lives back together.

Baby Wearing is Life-Changing During Stressful Situations

If you have a high quality baby wearing wrap to spare consider sharing. When you don’t have a private place to let your baby rest baby wearing is a second best option.

Small but Important, Loveys & Pacifiers

Many families evacuated last minute leaving behind their most basic possessions. Take time to pick and donate small loveys and pacifiers to bring little ones a sense of comfort and familiarity.

Don’t Forget Breastfeeding Mamas

Many evacuees don’t have access to a car. If you are donating to a shelter consider including breastfeeding pads, high quality breastfeeding new bras and gently used breastfeeding-friendly tops.

Donate Money to Qualified Charities

This is perhaps the most important thing you can do. Select charities and organizations known to be good stewards and donate generously.

 

 

 

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

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.

The Five Don’ts of Baby Sign Language

In everything there is the right way and the wrong way, sign language for babies is not an exception.  I am always surprised when I receive emails from parents, preschool teachers and speech pathologists facing common frustrations associated to how and when a child begins signing. If you are about to embark in the journey of teaching signs along with working on their speech I want to invite you to take note of a few common mistakes regarding the teaching approach of baby sign language.

Inconsistency is a Deal Breaker

We learn to communicate through imitation and association. When we pick and choose when we will use a sign we delay how the child begins to associate the sign with a concept. Signing only during play or while engaging in teaching sessions fails to aid in conveying how a sign is useful in real life interactions. Think about baby signs the way you think about words use the sign each time you use the word.

Don’t Teach Too Many Signs

You are not trying to break a Guinness Record! Too many signs lead to confusion. Focus on words and signs that are relevant to the immediate needs of your child. Pick practical concepts like food or basic needs like more or hurt. Also have some fun including your child’s favorite objects.

Don’t Expect to Get Equal Results

We all have a friend with a genius child but don’t let that discourage you. Every child walks their own journey of communication but all eventually get to a point where they are able to communicate. Observe their learning style and make adaptations accordingly.

Say No to Taking Yourself Too Seriously

Baby sign language is a fantastic tool to equip your pre-verbal child in ways that make life easier. With that said, your central role as a parent or educator is to improve the quality of life of little ones. Relax and fill each learning experience with joy. Believe me. You will get there!

Don’t Shy Away From Using Music & Props

One of the most fun and effective tools for teaching signs happens when we find ways to engage multiple senses. Sensorial learning expedites how our brain processes information. Don’t hesitate to use small toys, flashcards and songs when trying to reinforce a concept.

 

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Potty Training Baby Sign Language Style – 10 Tips You Don’t Want to Miss!

If you are raising babies, the struggle of potty training hits close to home. I can’t count the number of friends I have seen in tears as they face the day-to-day messes of teaching their toddler the art of the potty. If this is your season in life please, please don’t get discouraged. You will get there. I promise. But as you cross the valley, I wanted to share with you what has worked for us. Grab a lemonade and take note:

 

Your Baby Will Use The Potty When He is Ready

There is a season for everything. Potty training is about waiting and reading queues that may indicate readiness. Forcing your baby to use the potty is unnecessary and traumatic. Humans learn through imitation and familiarity. Expose them to the concept, teach them to be familiar with the objects, words and signs associated with evacuation and watch them thrive. .

Give Them The Words Needed to Play the Game

A baby can only use the potty if he can express the need to go potty. We made the signs for pee and potty a priority even when we were not ready to start potty training. A good way to start is to teach the sign for diaper to encourage your little one to ask for diaper changes and enjoy the comforts that come with cleanliness. As your baby grows and observes the world around them begin introducing the sign for potty, the sign for washing hands, the sign for clean and the sign for wet.

Have Fun!

Turn the whole thing into a positive experience. Play games, use gadgets and give rewards. There is no shame in making the best of a very difficult season in life. We always had a candy dispenser by the entrance of the bathroom. I also love the Cheerios aiming game!

Make Sure Everyone is in The Same Page

When mom, dad and all caregivers are reinforcing the same habits everything becomes easier. At our daycare they use the timing method allowing toddlers to have potty-time every 20 minutes. We duplicated the same method at home by singing and signing the potty song and marching to the potty to do our business.

Imitation Works

Gender imitation is perhaps the best and most reliable method of potty training. Ask an older brother or daddy to be the pee coach and create awesome rituals around mundane tasks such as washing hands together.

Rewards People. It is All About The Rewards

Before you tell me that you are not a materialistic parent and you refuse to use bribes consider the magic of praise and affection. A celebratory song or a hug has as much value as a bunch of candy.

Go Commando

Every experienced parent will tell you that the commando approach works. In the absence of a diaper little ones are far more likely to seek out the potty to avoid soiling their bodies.

Screen Time

Yes please! We have not used this method in our home but many parents swear by it. Placing a potty in front of the TV  and using regularly seems to do the trick for some.

Take Time Off for Potty Training

How about a potty staycation? If you are a busy parent and you continue to have issues of reinforcement consider dedicating a whole week to potty training. Your full attention and focus may just work wonders.

Hire a Local Potty Coach

I did not even know these people existed but they do. There are early childhood intervention professionals whose whole career is around potty training. For a fee they will come to your home and put together a plan that best matches the learning style of your little one. Yay for the experts!

 

If your baby is already signing all the potty-related signs you are well on your way to full potty training. Stop by and tell us your stories of success. If you are not signing yet why not get started using the awesome resources available in our baby sign language shop.

 

 

 

 

Go Beyond Signing – Five Awesome Ways to Use Your Baby Sign Language Flash Card Set From Birth to Kindergarten

Before you give away your flash card set to your best friend who is now expecting consider the way our baby sign language flash cards and kits are most commonly used by language therapists. Take note and pull your set out to give your little one a huge learning advantage.

Learning a New Language

One of the best uses for the baby sign language flash card set is as a transitional language tool. If you live in a multilingual home take time to print and glue the text for each word in your native language. By including an image of a word in an alternate language and using it in conjunction with the card you are giving your baby or toddler early exposure to additional languages. Longitudinal studies conducted by Harvard University confirm that learning additional languages will increase critical thinking skills, creativity and flexibility of the mind in young children. Even if a foreign language is not spoken at home, your flash card set gives you an ideal opportunity to learn basic vocabulary in a foreign language at the same time your baby learns.

Groupings & Themes

Develop critical thinking and encourage their ability to associate objects or ideas by theme by grouping card categories.  A fun and useful activity for children learning groupings and themes is to include something that is different. You could make a grouping of animal cards and add a card representing a mode of transportation. Ask your little one to find the card that is different. If your baby is well versed in signing you can sign a set of words and ask them to identify the sign that is not relevant to the grouping.

Reading Skills

Take time to sound out each word and point to the letter you are sounding out. Explore using the side of card that features the sign only as a reinforced sight words card. Your child will not have the image of the object in question as a reference; instead he or she will have to rely on the visual of the sign and observation of the written word.

Learning Contrasting Concepts

Pull out the flash cards for ideas such as small and big, hot and cold dark and light. Mix the cards all together and ask your little one to locate and sign the pairs.

Gastronomical Education

If you have a picky eater using flash cards provides you with a transitional tool to challenge your little one to try new flavors. Place a bento box with a variety of fruits new to your baby and proceed to show her the card and sign. Let her taste the fruit or food item and have her decide if she likes it or not by either signing positive signs or using the sign for more.

 

If you don’t have our flash card set yet you can get one as part of one of our kits or as standalone product. Visit our baby sign language store and get yours today