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.
Some of our kits contain interactive toys to help you engage even when you don’t feel like you can. Often through role-play with finger puppets and other toys we are able to achieve a level of connection that is otherwise not possible.
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.
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)
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 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 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 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.