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  • What is baby sign language?
It is a means of communicating with your baby, before they are able to talk. To put it very simply: at around 6 months of age, babies brains develop in such a way that they understand language. They hear what you say, and understand it, but lack the mental and physical (tongue, lips, throat) development to actually talk to you. 

However, their hands, fingers, and gross motor skills develop at this age, and so they can learn to use their hands to communicate instead! Baby sign language is specifically designed to be easy for little hands to manage, and it’s a wonderful way for babies and toddlers to communicate with us, long before they’re able to actually talk. 

Around 18 to 24 months most babies will start to develop speech (not just babble or sounds like mama, dada or bye). At this stage, they will slowly start replacing the sign with the word, as they master it. 

Signing babies have greater vocabulary and higher IQ’s than babies who don’t sign, and I’m sure every parent everywhere would want their child to have the best advantages in life. Wouldn’t you? 

Do you have any questions? Please pop them below in the comments and I’ll answer them for you 🐝
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  • One of the things I love most about baby sign language, is that you are able to get a glimpse into your baby’s world, through their eyes. We all sit and stare at our babies playing and exploring for hours on end, wondering what they’re thinking, feeling or what they want. By teaching them how to sign, we are giving them the tools they need to be able to tell us! Now instead of wondering, we are able to understand them just a little bit more.

If you could ask your baby one thing, what would it be? 
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#signingbabysa #babysign #babysignlanguage #signingtime #baby #signlanguage #communication #motherhood #babytalk #speech #languagelearning
  • Did you know that sign language is slightly different in different countries and languages? You could almost call it sign language “accents” because the signs are similar, but not entirely the same. 

One of the things that I love about Signing Baby, is that I designed the ebook as more of a universal sign language rather than one specific dialect. I wanted to create something that could be used worldwide, rather than limiting it to South African or British sign language for example. 
For children without hearing issues, this is not a problem at all. They will learn the signs you teach them, and drop them as they learn to talk (my two and half year old is relearning her signs now as we teach her sister.) As long as all the care givers know the same signs, you’ll get along just fine. For children with hearing issues, it’s more important that they learn an official sign language as it will be their main form of communication later on. 

These two videos show perfectly how signing in different languages is the same. Olivia is learning English from her mom, and Spanish from her dad. Signing is helping her learn both languages even faster! And it’s a wonderful way to communicate with her relatives who are not bilingual, like she will be.
Muy bien Olivia! 
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  • It’s Friday - HOORAY! 
We’re heading to the dam for a braai, swimming and some time on the boat this weekend. ☀️

Getting out and doing fun things with our babies creates so many wonderful opportunities to sign. Every new thing they see, eat or play with gives you the chance to teach them. What an exciting concept! Their little brains just soak in everything we show them, I love that part of parenthood. 

What are you and your littles getting up to this weekend? 
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  • When your baby is so keen to sign what she saw, that she opens the rain flap to show you! 

This is why we sign with our babies! We want to encourage communication and connection between you. When your baby sees something interesting, she can tell you about it. This then gives you a wonderful opportunity to teach her all about it. For example, when she sees a dog you can teach her about what noise a dog makes, what colour the dog is, how many legs it has and how to be gentle with it. And you know she understands what you’re saying! 

This is why Signing Babies have a much wider and more advanced vocabulary at a younger age. You’re constantly talking to them and interacting with them, and it’s so beautiful! 
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  • What is baby sign language?
It is a means of communicating with your baby, before they are able to talk. To put it very simply: at around 6 months of age, babies brains develop in such a way that they understand language. They hear what you say, and understand it, but lack the mental and physical (tongue, lips, throat) development to actually talk to you. 

However, their hands, fingers, and gross motor skills develop at this age, and so they can learn to use their hands to communicate instead! Baby sign language is specifically designed to be easy for little hands to manage, and it’s a wonderful way for babies and toddlers to communicate with us, long before they’re able to actually talk. 

Around 18 to 24 months most babies will start to develop speech (not just babble or sounds like mama, dada or bye). At this stage, they will slowly start replacing the sign with the word, as they master it. 

Signing babies have greater vocabulary and higher IQ’s than babies who don’t sign, and I’m sure every parent everywhere would want their child to have the best advantages in life. Wouldn’t you? 

Do you have any questions? Please pop them below in the comments and I’ll answer them for you 🐝
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#signingbabysa #babysignlanguage #babysign #signingbaby #signlanguage #signing #babysigning #baby #speech #babytalk #earlychildhoodeducation
  • One of the things I love most about baby sign language, is that you are able to get a glimpse into your baby’s world, through their eyes. We all sit and stare at our babies playing and exploring for hours on end, wondering what they’re thinking, feeling or what they want. By teaching them how to sign, we are giving them the tools they need to be able to tell us! Now instead of wondering, we are able to understand them just a little bit more.

If you could ask your baby one thing, what would it be? 
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#signingbabysa #babysign #babysignlanguage #signingtime #baby #signlanguage #communication #motherhood #babytalk #speech #languagelearning
  • Did you know that sign language is slightly different in different countries and languages? You could almost call it sign language “accents” because the signs are similar, but not entirely the same. 

One of the things that I love about Signing Baby, is that I designed the ebook as more of a universal sign language rather than one specific dialect. I wanted to create something that could be used worldwide, rather than limiting it to South African or British sign language for example. 
For children without hearing issues, this is not a problem at all. They will learn the signs you teach them, and drop them as they learn to talk (my two and half year old is relearning her signs now as we teach her sister.) As long as all the care givers know the same signs, you’ll get along just fine. For children with hearing issues, it’s more important that they learn an official sign language as it will be their main form of communication later on. 

These two videos show perfectly how signing in different languages is the same. Olivia is learning English from her mom, and Spanish from her dad. Signing is helping her learn both languages even faster! And it’s a wonderful way to communicate with her relatives who are not bilingual, like she will be.
Muy bien Olivia! 
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#signingbabysa #signingbaby #signlanguage #babysignlanguage #communication #speech #childhood #baby #talk #babytalk #spanish #spanishbaby #learnspanish
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