Thank you and welcome to BabySignLanguage.com. Congratulations on taking a great first step to better understanding, better communicating and better bonding with your baby.
I’m sure you have some wonderful reasons for wanting to learn baby sign language with your child…
Maybe you read that Baby Sign Language can help your baby to speak earlier. Perhaps you heard that signing babies enjoy a closer bond with their parents. Or that they enjoy a higher IQ. You might have seen some of the cute videos done by our students.
All perfectly valid reasons, for sure. But that isn’t why you NEED Baby Sign Language.
The Longest Flight Ever. A few years ago, I was on a plane from Charleston to New York. And almost as soon as the wheels went up, it started. If you spent much time on planes, you know where I’m going.
The heart-wrenching and ear splitting sound of a 6-month old baby crying, from somewhere in the back rows.
All around the plane, travelers reached for the headsets, turned up the volume and tried to shut the little guy out. A few kind souls offered the poor mother laser pointers, Tic Tac box rattles, and any toys they could think of to soothe the child. I even overheard a grandma suggest putting bourbon on his gums!
The mother was beside herself. Perspiring, apologizing to everyone around her. And when the seat belt sign dinged off she walked up and down the aisles, bouncing and shushing her inconsolable bundle. Nothing worked.
He’s not hungry!
He’s not teething!
He doesn’t’ have a fever!
He doesn’t want to play with any of the toys!
She looked so alone. My heart broke for her.
One of the most gut-twisting frustrations of being a parent is not knowing what your baby wants. They can’t tell you. You can’t read their little mind. So sometimes you just have to … endure.
Unless you give them the ability to tell you exactly what they want.
A Day in the Life of a Signing Parent. When our daughter was 9 months, before she learned to speak, she had one of those … episodes. It was the kind of tantrum that happens every day. The kind that you just endure. Only hers was cut short.
After wailing inconsolably for a few minutes, she made the sign for cat.
Cat? We don’t have a cat! At first we had no idea what this meant, but then we remembered that her grandmother had given her a cat stuffed toy that she never really liked. She hadn’t even seen it in months!
But we dug it out of her toy hamper, handed it to her and…
And she calmed right down.
Cat! We would have NEVER GUESSED that’s what she wanted. Who knows how long she would have cried had she not been able to sign!
Maybe as long as a flight from Charleston to New York?
Five words will save your life. Imagine the difference that knowing just five words will make in your relationship with your baby. If you baby knows just a few basics, like hungry, more, and all-done, imagine the hundreds of averted tantrums, and the thousands of saved tears (not to mention all the Bourbon saved).
If you long for your baby to tell you what she needs … how to console her, how to delight her, how to comfort her, stay tuned. Tomorrow, at the official start of our course, I am going to send you the deluxe version of our Quickstart Guide. You will learn your first TEN SIGNS, and the FOUR STEPS to teaching Baby Sign Language.
Start communicating with your baby,
PS – Below in the comments, tell us how you learned about Baby Sign Language and what makes you want to do it.