Posts Tagged ‘baby sign’

Universal Baby Signs

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

cute-baby-in-hatI have just spent the last two weeks at home in Ireland visiting friends and family and got to catch up with lots of new baby’s that have been born.

These babies ranged in ages from 3-6 months and there were an equal split of boys and girls. Of these 6 children, cialis one mum had actively decided to try baby sign language from day one, cialis some decided to wait until their baby was at the best age to start baby sign and some (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.

Baby Sign Language and Dads

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

While the popularity of Baby Sign is ever growing in Australia its much more common for Mums to be the ones who start using sign much more so than the Dads.

Now I do know that there are a lot of you Dads out there who do sign with their children so please don’t get upset, you Fathers should be proud of what you are doing and the interaction that you are enjoying with your baby’s through sign.

But, the reality is that for many families Mum is the primary carer of the baby and Dads are out at work all day, coming home later in the evening with little time to spend with their precious little one. (more…)

Premature Babies & Baby Sign

Friday, January 29th, 2010

While baby sign language is a fun and useful tool just to help bridge the communication gap with your child it can also have very real advantages when used with children who may be at risk from some sort of developmental delay such as premature babies.

While many premature babies grow develop extremely well as they grow they are in a category that can be considered higher for having speech delays.

Premature babies are generally assessed developmentally against an adjusted age for important milestones but when compared to other babies by their chronological age, they may be slightly disadvantaged with their speech improvement.

The main question this really raises though is “When should I start signing with my baby?

Now usually you should start to sign with your baby once they can hold a rattle or other toy and they start to have some movement and dexterity with their hands, which is around 5 – 6 months.

In a premature baby this may be 7 – 9 months depending on how early your child was born.

The interesting thing is that the reason to generally wait to start signing to your baby  only when they can begin to sign back is because most parents need to see results or they will not continue with baby sign.  The fact is your baby is taking in everything and even though they may not be physically capable of signing their ability to understand signs develops much earlier.

It’s the same with talking.  Even though babies cannot talk for around the first 18 months of their life most parents will happily chat away to their baby, this is how they learn and baby sign is no different.

So if your baby is premature you may want to begin your signing a little bit earlier to allow them to start absorbing the signs.

Remember to be patient and always say the spoken word with the sign and in context, follow our signing steps to success for more information.

While baby sign has been shown in many studies to have benefits including accelerated speech and advanced IQ levels this cannot be expected of every child.  If your baby is premature then baby sign may be just the thing for you to help them catch up with their chronological age group and provide a great foundation for early learning.

Meet The Fockers – Signing Baby

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

When ever any one asks me what baby sign language is all about I normally say to them, order “Have you seen the movie Meet the Fockers……?”, which normally jogs the memory.

While the signing that Robert Deniro is using with his little Grandson Jack is ASL (American Sign Language), order the principle is exactly the same as using AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language), which all Baby Hands Products are based on.

This is a great clip from the movie where Grandpa Jack (Robert Deniro) is showing off little Jacks signing prowess to Greg (Ben Stiller).

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The movie is great and I fully recommend getting a copy for yourself, especially now that winter is rolling in so a great night in with a funny movie is a nice way to pass an evening by.

Baby Hands On TV

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Well its been a very exciting week here at Baby Hands.  Our Pine Rivers teacher, Natalie O’Hara, was interviewed and featured on the Channel Ten News at Five in Queensland.  I would like to thank the parents and children who were willing to be filmed for the piece and also say Congratulations to Natalie.

For those of you who missed it, don’t worry as we are appearing on Channel Ten again next week.  This time we are appearing on the 9am with David & Kim show.  We are appearing around 10:25am on Tuesday morning so keep it free.  In the interview you will get to see how Jennifer has successfully incorporated baby sign language into her home and what benefits of baby sign she is experiencing.

If you would like to see me in person, next week I am appearing in NSW at Stanhope Village Castle Hill Mums & Bubs Club on February 12th at 10am.  Also on February 24th, I am appearing at Westfield Garden City in Brisbane at their Mums Group in the Borders store at 9:30am.

Finally, for those of you who are visit the Bonds Bumps and Baby website, we are being featured in a video interview on their website in the middle of February.