Awesome Signs To Learn When We Are Getting Ready For a First Birthday

Baby's First Birthday

There are no words to describe how much I love first birthdays. The deep sense of discovery, the sense of transformation and the simplicity and beauty of the celebration just makes my heart smile. Most moms share this sentiment particularly as it relates to our first baby. Planning smash cakes, learning to blow candles singing the “Happy Birthday” song and practicing how to open a present will fill the days and weeks preceding  the big occasion. If you are ready to incorporate baby sign language to the pre-birthday preparations go ahead and print these cards. I know you will enjoy them as much as we do. Click on each sign to access the free printable file.

Birthday

Cake

Candle

Gift

Happy

Party

Balloon 

Friend

Hat

More

Thank You

 

Happy 1st Birthday! 

Really Fun Toddler Activities & Signs to Kick Off The Fall Season

Fall is a lovely season. It is a time of change and discovery lending all of us opportunities for learning and engaging with our little ones outdoors and indoors. If you are fortunate enough to have a toddler who is transitioning from non-verbal to verbal communication join us as we explore a few games, activities and signs that capture the very heart of the season.

Dressing Up For Fall

 

Fall Dress

Say goodbye to swimming trunks, sunglasses & shorts and get ready to teach your baby new and wonderful signs that will empower her to seek comfort and warmth as needed. When you are ready to show your toddler new clothing suitable for the season make sure you prioritize comfort and fit. I remember our little one using the sign for hurt the first time she tried on a pair of hand-me-down boots.

Activity

If your toddler is ready this is a great time to work on motor skills teaching him tasks such as zipper up and zipper down, button up and button down as well as put on and take off with clothing items such as jackets, scarfs and hats. This is also the perfect season to learn to wipe our boots or shoes before going inside. Learning this skill early will set the stage for a neat and successful winter.

Signs

Among others, here are a few signs we can learn as we explore warmer clothing for the season.

Sweater

To sign sweater hands move down from chest to waist at the same time as if in putting on a sweater.

Coat

To make the baby sign for coat take both hands and make them into fists with thumbs up. Move the two fists up and down in front of the chest.

Scarf

To sign scarf  your hands will make the motion that mimics tying a scarf around your neck with a single knot.

Gloves

To sign gloves brush your fingers on your dominant hand, over your non-dominant hand. Then do the reverse, running the fingers of your non-dominant hand over the fingers of your dominant hand. The sign resembles someone putting on a pair of gloves.

Boots

To sign boots you start by doing the sign for shoes, taking two closed fists and bumping them together. Then you open your strong hand and touch it on the inside of your weak arm’s elbow – as if to show that the boots come up high on your arm.

Discovering the Great Outdoors

Fall Dress

This is perhaps the most beautiful part of the season. Observing change, learning about nature and discovering celebrations that will be the foundation of cherished memories.

Activity

Our favorite toddler-friendly activity is also the simplest and most accessible to all of us. Walk outdoors and collect the gifts of nature. You can use leaves and seeds to create simple crafts and take the opportunity to teach your baby how to sign and say words relevant to the season. We love to make little collages using glue, paper and bits of nature.

Signs

Leaf

The leaf sign looks a lot like a leaf hanging from a branch, waving in a gentle breeze. Your weak hand acts like the branch. You point the index finger on your weak hand and make your other fingers into a fist.

Seed

To sign seed use your dominant hand with all fingers pointed downward. Grab an imaginary seed and open and close your hand as in dropping seeds.

Rain

To sign rain, open up both hands, and starting with your hands above your head and bring them down. Your fingers are like the raindrops drifting down.

Stick

To sign stick both hands meet together at the center making two circles with thumb and index as if in holding a stick. Pull your hands out and away from your body.

Park

The sign for park is achieved by combining the sign for grass with the sign for area or space.

Celebrating The Holidays

Fall Dress

This season lends us two magical opportunities for family and fun. Thanksgiving and Halloween are among the most memorable childhood holidays. Embrace the season and get busy teaching your little one family traditions and games that will stay in their hearts forever.

Activity

There are so many seasonal activities related to the holidays we would not know where to start. We love making homemade candy and cookies and allowing our toddlers to do simple sprinkle-based decorations. We also set time aside to make turkey or pilgrim and native hats.

Signs

Turkey

The sign for Turkey looks like outlining the wattles on a turkey. Taking the index finger and thumb pointing down, move your hand from your chin down to your chest.

Pumpkin

To sign pumpkin  your non-dominant hand goes  into a fist and flicking it with your forefinger on your dominant hand. The sign is like you are testing the surface of pumpkin to make sure it is good.

Candy

To sign candy take your index finger and touching it to the back of your jaw. Twist the finger back-and-forth.

Halloween

To sign halloween cover your face with both hands palms slightly curved and uncover your face right away as in playing peek-a-boo.

Ghost

To sign ghost have both hands meet with index and thumb, move the upper or dominant hand upwards while waving slightly as if a genie was coming out of a bottle. Your non-dominant hand remains still.

 

If you are new to signing we encourage you to explore all the wonderful products we have compiled aimed at helping your baby communicate from birth to his preschool years. Our favorite is the Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit. This awesome kit contains twelve resources aimed at engaging in learning using all your senses. The kit contains Baby Signing Time DVDs, audio recordings with popular songs, flash cards, chart and teaching guides. An absolute value for less than $120

Our Labor Day Baby Sign Language Printable Set – Learn Five Fun Professions With Your Toddler

We were quite tempted to gift you with a set of printable focused on fun to help you highlight our last summer holiday. Instead, we are going to share the signs for five really wonderful professions that will spark your child’s imagination. Teaching our little ones about work will expand their horizon and will help you communicate more effectively during transitions  such as heading to the office after dropping baby at daycare or during stressful situations like visiting the doctor or the dentist.

To print your flash cards and watch the video click on the corresponding link below each picture.

Happy Labor Day!

 

The Baby Sign Language Family

 

Teacher

Police

Teacher Flash Card/ Teacher Video

 

Doctor

Baby-Doctor

Doctor Flash Card/ Doctor Video

 

Dentist

dentist

Dentist Flash Card/ Dentist Video

 

Firefighter

Fireman

Firefighter Flash Card/ Firefighter Video

Police

Police

Police Flash Card/ Police Video

 

Want to go beyond learning this set? Why not get the baby sign language collection with kits that compile the best available resources on the web to teach your baby how to sign. Our premium kit has 12 signing resources inclusive of the most popular Signing Time DVDs with songs and games that will keep your baby engaged and happy while learning how to communicate his wants and needs.

 

 

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.

 

 

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)

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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).

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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.

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

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.

manners collection

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.