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Baby Sign Language

Babyology feature by Anita Butterworth

Give frustrated babies a hand with baby sign language

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Babies have one way to let us know how their feeling, right? Perhaps not!

Crying. It’s the most primal form of communication available to humans, and for babies it lets their carer know if they’re hungry, tired, have a dirty nappy, are sick, etcetera. And therein lies the confusion. Is it a cry of boredom? A scream for sleep? It can be utterly overwhelming for mums and dads. Signing Stars Baby Sign Language Kit is designed to give parents a leg up, by using hands as a language tool.

kit3 Give frustrated babies a hand with Baby Sign Language

Baby sign language is the use of gestures to communicate, before a baby develops the use of speech. It’s designed to help recognise their needs, wants and interests and it aims to reduce frustration, both on the part of parents and children. It’s designed to be taught to babies from around six to nine months – when they begin to interact. Take a look at the video below to see baby sign language in action.

Signing Stars is designed by three mums, and the products are endorsed by Deaf Australia as true Auslan. Their Baby Sign Language Learning Kit is packed with everything needed to go on the signing journey, including removable stickers to place around your home, a DVD Dictionary, flashcards and a fact sheet. It can be purchased directly from Signing Stars for $59.95.

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Baby Sign Language

Why Teach Baby Sign Language To Your Baby?

To reduce frustration, to increase communication,to find out what your baby wants and needs before they start crying. These are all reasons to start signing with your baby. The use of baby sign language is emerging all over the world as parents and caregivers find out how amazing it really is!

By the time your baby is 8-10months old they are capable of telling you what they want but just dont yet have the verbal skills to do so. Baby sign language can fill this gap and enable communication before your child can speak. Many babies naturally develop their own simple signs anyway – beginning with just a wave for “bye bye”.

Using baby sign language expands on this innate skill by encouraging him to use a wide variety of signs to express his needs – the benefits of which are clear to any parent!

Visit the Signing Stars website for more information and some great products to help you get started with Baby Sign Language.