Convert Your Kitchen Into a Baby Sign Language Classroom

Many of our babies are quickly becoming active and inquisitive toddlers. As parents and educators we are to join our little ones side-by-side as they discover the world around them and learn new skills that will remain with them for a lifetime.

 

 

Both SAHM and working moms often find themselves in the kitchen preparing meals and snacks for the family. Keeping a toddler busy and engaged while taking care of food preparation can be challenging to say the least. Last week I received an email and photo from my friend Julie telling me how she has incorporated baby sign language to cooking time in her home. Here are Julie’s best tips. We hope they are helpful to you as we head into the holiday season and we are even more likely to spend a great deal of time in the kitchen.

Pick a Weekly Theme

Each week Julie picks a theme for her little girl. The theme is based around what Julie plans to cook or special occasions and holidays. To date they have worked on a unit focused on fruits, another one on snacks and most recently they are working on learning everything associated with a birthday.

Signing in the kitchen

Provide Hands-On Opportunities

This week Julie will be baking a cake. Her little girl will help and have several opportunities to taste and touch the ingredients. Because the focus is chocolate cake Julie has created a chocolate-themed scrapbook with wrappers from different brands of chocolate candy bars.

Create a Flashcard Wall

Julie prints full size flashcards from our free digital resources page relevant to her weekly theme and displays the flashcards on the refrigerator.

Use The Opportunity to Introduce Your Toddler to Letters

Julie keeps a magnetic alphabet handy and she is teaching her little girl the first letter for each of the words that they are learning how to sign together.

Practice Outside the Home

As part of using the kitchen experience as an opportunity to teach baby sign language Julie is also incorporating on-the-go contextual teaching. When Julie heads to the grocery store she is showing her little girl other instances related to the words of the week. They walk through the bakery and see different cakes or visit the baking goods section and Julie points to the boxed cake mix while signing cake.

 

If you are ready to up your game when it comes to teaching your baby how to sign go check our new Baby Sign Language Kits. We have added new books and interactive media inclusive of puppets and soft toys.

 

A Sweet & Encouraging Baby Sign Language Story From India

We are  Alok and Aswathy and we are deaf parents, working professionals and founders of r of Talking Hands India a sign language resource  in India dedicated to teaching ISL. As a sign language-dependent family it was important for us to introduce our hearing baby to signing early on in his development; that led us to some research and subsequently we purchased baby sign language kit from www.babysignlanguage.com. Here in India we do not have a baby sign language resource and we wanted a simplified method for our little one to get started.  I am comfortable with the basics of American Sign Language as it was my primary signing language prior to learning ISL. My wife  Aswathy grew in deaf culture in India so she is a fluent ISL speaker. At home we began combining ISL with Baby Signs and we came up with basic signs that worked for us and equipped us to empower our baby the best that we could.

We were amazed and extra happy when Evan started singing when he was just four months old. His first sign was milk. At five months he began signing eat contextually. Our hearts could not stop smiling with pride!

One funny thing during 5-6 month was when he was in need of milk he used to get up and sign it alone as tired parents we frequently neglected to see that he was signing. When he became frustrated because he was not getting what he needed he began tapping us and voila, magic began to happen.  To fix the problem we began leaving the lights on so we could be quicker to identify his needs.

We think that teaching sign language keeps him less frustrated and happier. That is very important to us.  His next signs which he mastered between month 8 and 9 included grandfather and father. Evan loves watching signing videos and follows along with excitement . Many of the signs Evan Evan knows and uses were the result of his engagement with the videos. He is very smart and observant and constantly surprises us.

Now he is 14 months old. He can sign papa, Grandpa ,fan ,milk, eat ,light and bye . As well can speak papa ,grandpa ,bye bye and Amma /Aaai (Mother ) with little effort. Evan can hear so we are also working on his speech.

We wish to see him singing many more signs before he turns 2. As well we will be very proud when he will write sign Language as his mother tongue.

Christmas Time Baby Sign Language

We love everything about the holidays and we hope you do too. With a little less than three weeks to go before Christmas we wanted to share with you a few baby sign language Christmas themed signs. We hope to have a great time teaching your toddler seasonally relevant signs. If you have not yet purchased the Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit, a fantastic value for under $120. Consider it as a great option for the holidays. We have also added several different kits featuring the beloved Babblarna collection and others with the most adorable baby toys you have ever seen. You can check them out in our store. Every parent that has used our resources is amazed at how each of our teaching tools can have an impact for the first 5 years of your kid’s life.

Best Christmas Gifts for Toddlers Baby Sign Language Kit

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

Bell

Bell Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Bell Printable Flash Card

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

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Christmas Tree Printable Flash Card

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

Cookie

Cookie Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Cookie Printable Flash Card

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

Elf

Elf Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Elf Printable Flash Card

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

Jesus

Jesus Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Jesus Printable Flash Card

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

Gift

Gift Christmas Baby Sign Language

Gift Printable Flash Card

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

Ornament

Ornament Christmas Baby Sign LanguageOrnament Printable Flash Card

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

Santa Claus

santa-claus Christmas Baby Sign Language

Santa Claus Printable Flash Card

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

Snowflake

snowflake Christmas Baby Sign Language

Snowflake Printable Flash Card

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

Snowman

snowman Christmas Baby Sign Language

Snowman Printable Flash Card

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

Stocking

stocking Christmas Baby Sign Language

Stocking Printable Flash Card

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

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The BabySignLanguage.com Team

Our Favorite Baby Board Books for Halloween & Some Baby Signs

We can’t wait for Halloween. For many many friends this will be the first Halloween their baby or toddler will have the opportunity to dress up and participate in Trick-0-treating and many other fun family activities. If you are going to stop by the bookstore or library consider these fun baby books. We have many baby sign language flashcards you can combine as you read-along together. Before we get started let’s print a few Halloween-themed baby signs you might want to start learning:

Halloween

Candy

Bat

Pumpkin

Costume

Ghost

Monster

Chocolate

Afraid

Biscuit Visits The Pumpkin Patch

Halloween Books for Babies

 

Favorite Baby Signs

Dog

Cat

Where is Baby’s Pumpkin

Where Is Baby's Pumpkin

 

Favorite signs:

Leaf

Pumpkin

Baby

Apple

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin

Favorite signs

Duck

Tree

Water

 

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

Have a happy & safe Halloween!

 

Baby Sign Language for Autumn & Cooler Days

I am counting the days until my favorite season arrives. Shorter cooler days, two awesome family holidays and milder weather to spend outdoors are just some of the reasons we are stoked about autumn. Now that your kids have gone back to school and you are enjoying the very last days of the summer it is time to start afresh and put together a variety of adventure conducive to learning and bonding.

 

 

For many of you this will be a time of discovery as you introduce your babies and toddlers to new concepts and work on enriching their vocabulary. If your baby is between 12 months and 3 years of age consider the following fall activities:

  • Photo Scavenger Hunt-Print several flashcards from common outdoor objects and let your toddler help you locate the objects in their surroundings. Take a photo of the object with your phone or point and shoot and print the photo for your little one to match with the baby sign language flashcard. Work on learning the sign while you learn to make connections between real objects and images.
  • Crafts with Leaves-Spend time collecting leaves of different colors and teach baby to glue their leaves following an outline or pattern. You can create seasonally-themed images such as a turkey or a jack-o-lantern.
  • Fun in the Kitchen-Let your baby help and become familiar with new seasonal dishes from cranberry-based snacks to pumpkin treats. You can tape relevant flashcards to your refrigerator and help your toddler learn about new foods.
  • Visiting a Pumpkin Patch- This is one of my favorite fall activities. A great chance to learn signs for new fruits, new treats and animals from the petting zoo.
  • Get Ready for Halloween- Fun galore is just around the corner. If this is your baby’s first or second Halloween it is a great opportunity to incorporate fun signs related to dressing up and enjoying seasonal treats.

Our favorite fall baby signs:

Leaf

Apple

Candy

Turkey

Dinner

Mask

Corn

Pumpkin

Spider

Potato

Gloves

Flashlight

Let’s print, learn and share these new words. Join us on our Facebook community with your questions or to share your videos and photos of baby signing.

 

Make it your goal to learn at least six new baby signs during this very special season. Many of our baby sign language resources are available for free and are easily printable from your home computer. We also have super affordable kits with all the resources currently in use by speech therapists and renowned daycares worldwide.

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!

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

 

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!

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!

 

 

 

Start Early – 15 Principles to Raise Confident Babies

Lately I  have been reading a number of books addressing early childhood education and child development. I was initially looking for techniques that could potentially accelerate pre-verbal learning. To my surprise, a common denominator across all materials was the emphasis placed in confidence building. I know for many of you this is a season of long days and busy hours where reading may not be your priority #1. With this in mind I wanted to share a few principles to encourage you to raise confident little ones, able to face the world with aplomb.

1. Always Celebrate & Acknowledge Efforts Regardless of Results

Your baby needs to know that you are engaged and observing their every action. Celebrate both effort and intent as a means of building a willingness to try again and again.

2. Create a Culture That Embraces The Disciplines of Repetition

Practice does make perfect. From an early age it is very important to begin developing the muscles of the mind and body that value repetition. Learn songs, rhymes and dance routines that help your baby grasp the concept of improvement through practice.

3. Encourage Exploration and Experimentation

Curiosity is at the heart of learning. Give your baby the opportunity to engage with their environment in ways conducive to exploration and experimentation. From a walk in the park to having new toys and puzzles that challenge the mind there are plenty of ways to help your baby learn through discovery.

4. Be Conscious of Their Developmental Stage

We all want to be the parents to a gifted and talented child; one whose precociousness delights and impresses others. Please don’t become a slave to early performance. Work hard at teaching your baby new things but always remember their age and season in life.

5. Allow Them To Guide You Towards Their Interests

Take time to observe what your baby loves best. Even in their first year little ones will have preferences for food and toys. Allowing a baby to favor certain experiences is helpful in developing a confident persona.

6. Have a Ladder Plan

Put a plan together that gives your baby a sense of progression in learning. Always have something new to encourage sensorial and intellectual experiences.

7. Don’t Do it For Them!

Shortcuts are a bad idea. Give your baby plenty of chances to engage with their environment and complete tasks big and small to the best of their ability.

8 Watch Your Body Language

Even when we are frustrated we should not convey negativity. Let our body language be full of encouragement.

9. Embrace Teachable Moments

Did baby do something wrong? Don’t fret. Use the mistake as a foundation to learn and correct. This is specially important when teaching verbal skills as well as expressive language.

10. Look for Teachable Moments

Always be in the lookout for contextual learning. Babies feel and learn best when information is presented contextually or responsively.

11. Speak Words of Affirmation

Confident babies receive positive feedback on a daily basis. Say it and say it often. Word of affirmation are life-changing.

12. Be Your Baby’s Partner In Adversity

Your baby should never feel alone when facing challenges. Let your baby know that you are by their side and guide them in overcoming challenges.

13. Identify Moments of Courage & Celebrate Them

Many fears are innate. When your baby demonstrates the willingness to confront fear with courage don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate their valor.

14. Be a Leader. We All Need One

From birth take the time to show your baby structures of leadership. Knowing that there is someone in charge empowers us with the confidence that comes from the sense of being protected.

15. Give Your Baby Tools of Communication

Confidence is best expressed when we know that our needs will be appropriately met. Equip your baby with tools of communication as early as possible. From pointing to baby signs and facial expressions; everything that empowers your little one to have a quick and appropriate response to their needs will further their confidence.

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

 

baby sign language kit

The 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!

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Six Important & Practical Milestones For Six Month Old Babies

Early Milestones

 

If you have babies, you have questions. In fact, the path of motherhood has far more questions than it has answers. I cannot begin to imagine how parenting looked like before Google and Facebook Mommy Groups. As for me, I am often questioning my approach and hoping that I will find a perfect roadmap to parenting somewhere. The good news is that there is no such thing as a roadmap. Sooner or later we will all get to similar stages and our babies will acquire basic skills at a providential pace. Unless there is an underlying learning difference or disability our babies will eventually, walk, sit, speak and engage in an age-appropriate fashion. Now relax and allow me to share with you six milestones that your baby will most likely reach before he turns six months old.

1. Large & Medium Muscle Strength

Every single day your baby will grow stronger. In the beginning progress is likely to include arm motions squeezing your finger or reaching out to you.  By the time your baby is three months old you will notice that their ability to hold their head up will improve and neck strength movements and routines will begin to happen naturally. Your baby will also be able to roll on their own and he or she may attempt to sit. Work on repetition and movement routines that encourage muscle engagement. Teach your baby to pick up things,  give them the opportunity to sit with support and play games that encourage rolling.

2. Recognition of People & Emotions

This is one of the most delightful milestones! Your baby will follow you with his eyes, he will smile and will noticeably listen to your voice. Baby will babble when engaging with familiar environments and people. You will notice favorite people as well as favorite objects. Encourage recognition by using word repetition and using baby signs to help your little one make connections between visual input and concepts. One of the drawbacks of this milestone is fear. Your baby is likely to express discomfort with strangers. Take the time to expose baby to a variety of people and situations to increase their comfort with the world that surrounds them.

3. Listening Skills

This is the season where our brain develops the capacity to mimic certain sounds. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to expose your baby to foreign languages and music. Take time to explore the sounds of nature and animals and give your infant the opportunity to attempt imitation. Chances are he or she will simply babble but the real milestone is found in engagement and not necessarily in full use of the spoken word.

4. Improved Sleep Patterns

By the time your baby reaches six months he or she will have longer periods of sleep allowing you to rest. Their body language becomes easier to decipher allowing you as a parent to better manage their times of rest as well as your opportunities to take care of other things around the house. We began to teach our little ones how to use the sign for tired when they turned five months old. By the time our girls were 8 months old they would sign to us allowing us to better manage nap time as well as other behavioral issues related to lack of sleep.

5. Exploring Solid Food & Developing Food Preferences

Right about six months many parents begin baby-led food exploration. There is plenty that you can learn about your baby by giving them options and allowing them to select what and how much they will eat. During this milestone take careful notes and introduce only one new food at the time. This is also a good time to teach your baby the signs for “more” as well as “all done”.  We have found that during this learning period there is minimal value in teaching words associated to specific foods. Wait until you identify their preferences and you can then introduce them to the signs specific to the foods they like best.

6. Engagement With The World That Surrounds Them

One of the most memorable milestones you are likely to observe is your baby’s newly found ability to engage with others through expression. You will see smiles, laughs, frowns and possibly hand waves. Take time to encourage appropriate responses by modeling behaviors in appropriate settings. This is a great time to teach songs that incorporate signs and mimicry as well as well emphasized facial expressions. This is also a fantastic time to keep your phone on video setting. You will have many amazing firsts you don’t want to miss.

If your baby is six months or less, or you are currently expecting now is the time to get a hold of your Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit or begin printing and watching our free resources. You will find that pre-verbal communication allows you to better connect with your baby and it can be easily incorporated in any part of their learning and development.

 

 

Feeling Sad & Disconnected? Here is How Baby Sign Language Can Help

Overcoming the Baby Blues

Beyond Benefiting Your Baby

When we think about the benefits of baby sign language for pre-verbal infants we always shift our focus to the little ones learning how to communicate before they are ready for speech. At the heart of any baby sign language program we all have their welfare in mind but we cannot discount the collateral benefits from engaging in a baby sign language structured learning program. To me one of the most life-transforming benefits of signing is found in the opportunity to bond with your baby through interactions that demand our full attention and engagement. If you are struggling with postpartum depression here are four ways that baby sign language can help you through your journey.

Baby Signs Give You a Sense of Measurable Progress

If you are a first-time mom milestones are challenging and difficult to measure. Teaching your baby how to sign rewards you from the very start. From the moment you gain eye contact and receive responsive smiles to the  very first sign your baby is able to model.

Baby Signs Gives You The Opportunity to Connect With Structure

Mothering when you are feeling down can be extremely challenging. Every task can become overwhelming and you cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. If you are already under the care of a medical professional and you have family support to help with your little one try to engage in 10 minute sessions of intense learning and engagement. You will find that having a sense of completion will help and encourage you immensely.

Baby Signs Reduces Frustration

Having a baby that is able to communicate basic needs even before he or she can talk can significantly minimize frustration and reduce the likelihood of a meltdown. A baby that is happy and has their needs met will help you have a sense of control over your circumstances. Begin with simple signs aimed at needs and comforts such as food, rest and hygiene. Later you can advance to signs based on your little one’s preferences

Baby Signs Allow You a Break in Your Routine

As a full time caregiver you are often plagued with a deep awareness that you no longer have the opportunity to sit and rest. Spending 15 minutes on the couch watching a Baby Signing Times video can give you the much needed rest while keeping your little one engaged.

 

We know that life can sometimes get difficult, we also know that all seasons come to an end. If you are struggling with the Baby Blues we encourage you to seek out help. With proper treatment and lots of support the Sun will shine once again. We promise!

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.

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