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Your Bedtime Routine & Baby Sign Language

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

I have had many friends and families talk about the importance of getting their baby into a routine especially in relation to their baby’s sleep. Once this routine is established, it results in a happier baby and happier less sleepy parents.

But have you considered using baby sign language to help you establish and support this important routine in your life. Baby sign language is something that is simple to learn and easy to incorporate into this vital process – the Bedtime Routine.

The key to establishing a successful bedtime routine for your baby is consistency. This too is a key to success for baby sign language. For this reason, using baby sign language to support your baby’s bedtime routine is a great way to conquer two great systems at the same time, that will benefit you and your baby.

To help you establish your bedtime routine, below are some suggestions on how you can incorporate baby sign language into this routine which will ease your baby’s transition to sleep time.

  • Most parents bedtime routine starts after dinner with a bath. The great thing about using baby sign language is that it lets your baby know what’s going to happen next. There are no surprises for baby.
  • So before placing your baby in the bath, sign and say the word “bath” to let them know what is about to happen. Once the bath is over, sign the word “finished” to let them know that it is time to leave the water and get ready for bed.
  • Following a bath, some parents will brush their baby’s teeth. This is another sign you can use to establish the routine. This is done by brushing your index finger on your teeth like a toothbrush. Once this is done, you again can sign “finished” to let baby know it is time to stop.
  • Once baby is ready for bed, some parents like to read a bedtime story to them. Reading is very beneficial for your baby and a great way to introduce and reinforce baby sign language to your child. When you begin the activity, sign the word “book” to let you baby know that its story time. Choose a simple book and select some words or illustrations to sign to your baby. Again at the end of the story, you can sign finished. This again lets your baby know that the activity has ended.
  • Following the bedtime story, it is time for bed. Sign the word “bed” and place them in their cot / bed. Some parents like to sign “Good night” and “I love You” at this stage also.

Following a routine such as the one outlined above is a great way for you to practice your signs with your baby and to let your baby know what is happening next prior to doing an activity.

Many childcare centres who have incorporated baby sign into their centres have found that using the signs has resulted in a calmed child care centre as the baby’s know what is happening next and begin to know the routines through the baby signs used.

So why not get started with baby sign today and begin using it in your baby’s bedtime routine and see what results you get!

Autism and Baby Sign Language

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

autism-baby-sign-languageAutism is something which is very close to my heart. When I was 10 years old my baby brother Patrick was born. I was the very proud older sister but as the months passed, my baby brother was not like all my other friends’ baby brothers. I remember when Patrick was 3 years old and was still not talking. This was causing a lot of anxiety for my parents and a lot of frustration for Patrick.

Sometimes there were temper tantrums, sometimes we knew what he wanted first guess. He seemed locked away in his own world and we did not have the tools to reach him. While Patricks diagnosis took a number of years before it was confirmed, during this pre-verbal time, baby sign language would have been a fun and useful tool to use with my baby brother.

I believe it would have made a real difference in Patricks early years. Patrick loved books (more…)

Come See Us At The Baby & Toddler Show Melbourne

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

The Baby & Toddler Show MelbourneWith only 8 days to go, the count down has begun to the Baby & Toddler Show Melbourne.

We are looking forward to being a part of the show again this year and you can come visit us at stand 185.

The show is being held at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens in Melbourne.

The Opening times are from 9.30am to 4.30pm daily but you can get early entry to the show with an Early Bird Ticket (which you can buy here now), getting you into the show at 9am.

As well as having a stand at the expo, we are also being featured on the Bio-Oil Baby & Toddler Seminars. Our talk will be on baby sign language, the benefits, the frequently asked questions, the international research as well as where to start. You can catch the seminar each day at 3pm on the main stage.

The Baby & Toddler ShowIf you can’t find our stand, just look for the stand with the cute baby featured in the picture here.

The Baby & Toddler Show Melbourne

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Baby & Toddler Show MelbourneThe Baby & Toddler Show is back in Melbourne from 8 to 10 April 2011! Bigger & better than ever before, this is a fabulous outing for parents-to-be and parents & their little ones. Featuring a shopping extravaganza (200 of the latest must-have brands), amazing children’s entertainment and fantastic “Show Only” offers.

I will be speaking each day on the Bio-Oil Stage at 3pm to answer all your questions on baby sign language. How to get started, what are the benefits, the 10 steps to signing success and much more. Amanda Crossland, our Whitehorse baby sign language teacher will also be there where she will be running a competition to win a FREE baby sign language class. You can come visit us on stand 185.

Don’t miss out on the Early Bird tickets. Buy your ticket now and receive 25% off the door price plus VIP entry!
It’s an event not to be missed! Find all the info at:

Grandparents and Baby Sign Language

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Since the launch of Baby Hands, each week I get more and more emails from Australian grandparents asking questions on baby sign language, requesting more information on baby sign language or wanting to share their baby sign language story.

For those of you out there who are a grandparent and have not begun using baby sign language with your grandchildren, I will highlight the benefits of doing so and get you to join this amazing grand-parenting revolution.

In Australia today, we have a lot more couples having children and needing to return to work and rely on family or childcare to take care of their children.  We have seen over the last number of years a growing trend in childcare centres using Baby Hands baby sign language in their centres as they recognise the benefits of (more…)

Auslan or ASL? What’s The Best Baby Sign Language?

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

When it comes to baby sign language things have changed a lot since I first started Baby Hands over 5 years ago.

In the early days virtually nobody in Australia had heard of baby sign language and most parents assumed it was something for Deaf babies and not something they needed to bother with. (more…)

Baby Hands features on New Idea TV

Monday, August 17th, 2009

New Idea TV Logo

# Update, you can now watch this episode direct on our blog here.

Several weeks ago I got a call from New Idea TV who wanted to do a feature on Australian Baby Hands and our baby sign language classes.

It’s very exciting, as we shot this a few weeks ago, and it will be going to air this Thursday (20th August) at 3pm on Channel 7.

In this segment you will get to see Lena, our Northern Beaches teacher in action. With mums, dads & babies in attendance, Lena introduces baby sign language through songs, activities, stories and Sammy the signing bear.

You’ll see how much children love the workshop and how they start to use signs during the class.

If you’re curious to know what a baby sign workshop is all about, tune in on Thursday and you’ll get to see how fun and educational a baby sign class can be for you and your baby.

If you would like to attend a class then please visit our teachers page and contact them directly for class details in your area.

Please note if you do live outside the current teacher areas but have a mothers group or other group of friends that you would like to get together to organise a class, please contact your nearest teacher and they may be able to come to you.

If you have any questions that you would like to ask me in person I’m appearing at several bookshops over the next few weeks so come along and say hello if you are in the area.

Happy Signing


Baby Sign Language Events In Borders Stores

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Borders LogoI am holding some baby sign language events  over the coming weeks in Borders stores in NSW. They are starting this week and if you live nearby and would like to come along, it would be great to see you there.

The events are being held at the following Borders stores:

Borders Hornsby

Date: Thursday August 13th 2009

Address: Shop 2042-204
Westfield Shopping Centre
236 Pacific Highway
Hornsby, NSW 2077

Time: 11am

Borders Tuggerah

Date: Thursday August 20th 2009

Address: Shop 2029
Westfield Tuggerah
Cnr Wyong & Gavenlock Roads
Tuggerah, NSW 2259

Time: 11am

Borders Macarthur Square

Date: Thursday September 10th 2009
(please note this date has changed from the previous date of the 26th August)

Address: Shop L02 L087
Macarthur Square Shopping Centre
Gilchrist Drive
Campbelltown, NSW 2560

Time: 11am

I will be running through your most frequently asked baby sign language questions and demonstrating how to introduce baby sign language into your home.

I hope to see you there.

Happy Signing!


Sibling Signing

Monday, June 1st, 2009

So many people think when they hear “Baby sign language”, that this is something which I can use with my pre-verbal baby to assist with communication.  Baby sign language is a tool that can be incorporated into your home and used with both your young pre-verbal baby but also with their older siblings.

Children of all ages love to use their hands to communicate.  This can be seen when children sing “Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes” and they do the actions by pointing at the various body parts.  Lots of nursery rhymes such as “Incy Wincy Spider” allow children to be expressive with their hands while being verbal.  This is why children of all ages LOVE baby sign language.

So what is the benefit of introducing baby sign language to the older brothers and sisters of your pre-verbal baby, who are either partially or fully verbal?  Dr Marilyn Daniels, a professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State University, is an authority of studying the benefits of teaching sign language to children in preschool through to sixth grade. She encourages hearing children to become full participants in language and communication with their family and peers at a young age through the use of sign language.

Children in Dr Daniels studies were found to have benefited from signing in the following ways:
•    Improved their English vocabulary
•    Improved understanding of concepts
•    Number, letter & sound recognition
•    Reading readiness
•    Better spelling ability by teaching children to read using sign language.

Children are quick to pick up sign language and they can be helpful as you begin to introduce it to your pre-verbal baby.  I get many emails from the older brothers and sisters of pre-verbal children who know all 60 signs in the Australian Baby Hands book and are requesting to learn more signs so they can introduce it in their “news” story at school the next week or to their family or siblings.  Some children look on it as their own secret language that not everyone knows but it enables them to speak to their younger pre-verbal siblings.

So not only will baby sign language be fun with all the family involved, it will be beneficial for your baby as more people are signing to them and it will be easier and faster for them to make the connection of what is it you are trying to communicate. It is also a fantastic educational tool for all your children, your baby and their older brothers and sisters, assisting with their language, vocabulary, reading and spelling ability.

Start Sibling signing today!

Baby Hands Featured On 9am With David & Kim

Monday, March 9th, 2009

I’ve been meaning to add this post for a couple of weeks but time just slipped away from me.

As I mentioned in my post blog at the beginning of February Baby Hands On TV where our Pine Rivers Teacher Natalie, was featured in Channel 10’s News Report on Baby Sign and I was due to go on 9am with David & Kim a couple of weeks after.

A lot of people missed the 9am with David & Kim Show but you can watch the segment on the David & Kim website.

I always get really nervous doing these TV shows but David and Kim were really friendly before hand trying to put us at ease and forget about the thousands of people watching live.

Hope you enjoy the segment and and a big thank you to Jennifer for coming on the show with me and bringing her daughter Ursala along 🙂