Archive for 2010

Pregnancy Babies and Children Expo – Melbourne 2010

Monday, October 18th, 2010

It’s time for the Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo to come to Melbourne again at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from the 22nd – 24th of October.

I’ll be there for the whole weekend along with our Whitehorse Baby Sign Language Teacher Amanda and would love to see you if you are popping along.

We’ll also be having a great competition where you can enter to win a free Baby Sign Class run by Amanda.

You can get a free ticket for the show (more…)

Another New Addition To The Baby Hands Family

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

I wanted to personally introduce another new addition to the Baby Hands family.

Karina Cover, who is our baby sign language teacher in Albany in WA, last month welcomed a new addition to her family. Her daughter, Jacinta Maree Cove, was born on Wednesday 22nd September.

She weighed 4.130kgs (or 9lb 2oz) and was 52cm long.

Jacinta & mum are doing well and (more…)

Baby Hands Goes National!

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Today is a very exciting day as Baby Hands Classes have gone national with our newest teacher, Yuki, teaching baby sign classes on the Sunshine Coast.

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…)

Baby and Toddler Show Update

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

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.

Definitely one of the funniest parts of my talk is the clip for Meet the Fockers where Grandpa Jack shows of his Grandson Jacks signing skill.

This manages to raise a smile everytime I play it 🙂

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.

Baby Hands In The Daily Telegraph

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Last week we were contacted by the Daily Telegraph who were interested in the way that Baby Sign Language has become more and more popular around Australia, particularly in Childcare Centres.

You can read the full story below and also view a copy of the short video that was shot and featured on the Daily Telegraph website;

VIDEO: Baby hands

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.

The Recommended Age To Start Baby Sign

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

When deciding to do baby sign language many parents want to know when is the best age to start?

The simple truth is that the best time to start is when you feel ready that you can consistently introduce baby sign into your new baby’s life and routines.

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…)

Sydney Baby And Toddler Show – October 2010

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

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.

I will be there all weekend at Stand D9 to meet you and answer your questions on baby sign language and our classes.

I’ll also be giving a talk on the main stage at 9:45am on all three days so it would be great to see you in the audience.

Lena our Northern Beaches Teacher will be attending on Sunday if you would like to come and meet her but unfortunately Catherine our Inner West teacher will not be attending because she has just given birth to a brand new baby boy, we all wish her the best and she will be back soon.


With three full exhibition days and over 200 of the latest brands for pregnancy, (more…)

Packed To The Rafters & Baby Signing

Friday, September 10th, 2010

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)

Visit the main Packed to the Rafters website here for more information on the show.

A New Member of The Baby Hands Family

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

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!

Introducing The Concept Of More Through Sign

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Introducing practical conceptual signs, such as “More”, “Please” and “Thank You” can be quite difficult.  It just isn’t the same as introducing a sign for “Book”.

With a book, or any other object you have something tangible that’s there to show your baby so they can relate to the sign, the word and the whatever the object might be.

So when we come to introducing a sign such as “More” we need to be a little bit creative (more…)