While we don’t have any classes in Canberra at the moment or in the Northern Territory I’m told that a company is “officially” deemed national in Australia once they cover NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA so for me that’s cause enough for celebration (more…)
We had a wonderful and very busy weekend at the Sydney Baby and Toddler show meeting so many of you it was definitely one of our best shows yet so I just wanted to thank everyone who took the time to come by and say hello.
It really makes my day hearing all your stories and getting out to these shows gives me such a great opportunity to meet you and your babies.
At this weekends show I gave a talk each morning on baby sign language and how you can incorporate it into your home.
Plus we got some great news for the Baby and Toddler Show organisers that they are expanding into Brisbane and Perth so we’ll be along to see you in your city soon.
With a baby sign teacher in almost every state and a new one coming very soon Australian Baby Hands has grown from my very small vision over 6 years ago and a dream to help parents and babies to communicate using Auslan baby sign.
I couldn’t have done this without the help of so many good people and of course all of you so I hope to see more of you at the future shows around Australia very soon.
If you are in interested in finding out more about baby sign language and how you can incorporate it into your childcare centre please contact one of our teachers on your area who can help you to introduce baby sign to your centre.
But, there are also stages of your baby’s development that will mean even though from an early age they can understand signs they do not have the physical ability to sign back.
A baby’s physical ability to sign begins at around 5 – 6 months, once they can hold a rattle or a toy. Once they have developed this level of control around their hands they may attempt to do some signing.
Because your baby will not be able to sign until approximately 5 – 6 months of age we generally recommend to parents that this is a good age to start introducing baby sign. Now, the reason for this isn’t because your baby can’t start to learn signs at an earlier age (more…)
The Baby and Toddler Show are running again for the second year in Sydney. Last years show was a great event with so many people attending that this years show had to be moved to Darling Harbour for more room.
Just over 2 weeks ago, the topic of baby sign language was mentioned on the Channel 7 TV show, Packed to the Rafters.
In episode ten of the series, Julie steps out of her comfort zone by joining a local mother’s group and meets another mum by the name of Stephanie.
Stephanie demonstrates some baby signing with her baby Orlando in front of Julie.
Prior to the episode going to air, I spoke to the representatives of Packed to the Rafters to confirm that they would be using Auslan baby sign language on the show. I expressed the importance of using Auslan baby sign in the show rather than using a made up signing system or a sign language from another country. The show confirmed with me that it was Auslan baby sign language that would be featured in the episode.
In the episode Stephanie mentions to Julie how she is teaching her son signing. Julie then comments “as in…” to which Stephanie replies “Auslan”. In the episode Stephanie does a one-handed sign for milk to her son and expresses how great it is to know what her son Orly wants using baby sign language.
While the topic of the episode revolved more around Julie stepping outside of her comfort zone and the competitiveness of mums, it was great to see some baby sign language on a top rated TV show such as Packed to the Rafters. While it did not convinced Julie’s character to pursue it, it did mention Auslan baby signing as well as expressing how babies are sponges at a young age and baby signing is a fantastic way to communicate with them while pre-verbal.
Ideally, it would have been great to have seen a baby signing on the show. I am sure among all the Baby Hands baby signers out there we could have assisted them with this. This would have demonstrated the amazing benefits of baby signing to Aussie mums. Maybe next time
For those of you who missed the episode, you can watch the segment below, the video automatically starts at the segment where Julie meets Stephanie in the park (6:23 in)
I wanted to personally introduce the latest member of the Baby Hands family.
Catherine Carrier, who is our Inner West Sydney baby sign language teacher, last month welcomed a new addition to her family. Her son, Charlton Anthony Carrier, was born on Tuesday 17th August at 7.03pm. He weighed 3.8kgs and as you can see from the photos, both he and his mum are doing really well.
Catherine wanted to say thanks to everyone for their warm wishes and wanted to let you know that she is hoping to be back offering Baby Hands classes by next month.
Congratulations again Catherine, he is absolutely beautiful. Welcome to the Baby Hands family Charlton!