Welcome Winter!

Welcome Winter!

 It is COLD here in New England!

Today I’m sharing with you my favorite winter signs AND one of my favorite winter-themed board books that is great for teaching baby sign language to your little one. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it with your baby!

Each new season brings an opportunity to share the wonders of nature with your baby. Winter can be challenging if you’re feeling cooped up inside with your little one, but if it’s too cold to play outside or go for a walk, you can always bring a little bit of nature in for your baby to explore.

Activity Ideas

Too cold to play outside? Bring a little bit of winter inside! Fill a plastic shoebox with some snow to explore in the bathtub – just be sure those baby toes and fingers don’t get too cold. Or pick out some winter-themed books to read. You can also use some of these ideas to keep your baby busy & active indoors!

In this video I’ll show you some fun winter signs and a story you can share with your baby…

In this mini-lesson you’ll learn how to sign COLD, WINTER, SNOW, SNOWMAN, SNOWBALL, HAT, SHOES & BOOTS.

You’ll also learn how to sign the board book “Welcome Winter.” It looks like this cute board book is only available used on Amazon, but you can find it for a very reasonable price if you’d like to add it to your collection.

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Baby Sign Language for Fall and Halloween!

Baby Sign Language for Fall and Halloween!

It’s Autumn and Halloween is just around the corner!

There’s nothing I love more than babies in costumes. I mean, seriously! it’s the cutest thing ever!

Holidays and seasons bring lots of opportunities to teach your baby new signs as babies are naturally curious about the different decorations they see all around them. In the photo below, one of my adorable Tiny Signs students (seriously, how stinkin’ cute is he!?) is signing “ball!” excitedly on a visit to the local pumpkin patch, letting his mom & dad know that he thinks all the pumpkins look like balls. So clever!

In today’s post, I’m sharing my favorite signs for fall and Halloween – I hope you enjoy!

In this mini-lesson you’ll learn how to sign PUMPKIN, TREE, RAIN, COLD, COSTUME, HALLOWEEN & CANDY.

So what is your little one going to be for Halloween? Share with me in the comments below – or better yet, share a picture with me on the Tiny Signs Facebook page.

Can’t wait to see!

Signs for Valentine’s Day

Signs for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s the time of year where we celebrate love and share cards, flowers & chocolates with those near and dear to us. It’s Valentine’s Day! Holidays are a great opportunity to introduce new baby sign language vocabulary because there are often lots of new things to see. Everywhere you go you’ll find hearts and candy everywhere… heart shape balloons…teddy bears holding hearts…so many opportunities to introduce new words and signs.

In this video I’ll show you some fun Valentine’s Day signs and a story you can share with your baby…

In today’s video, you’ll learn how to sign VALENTINE, HEART, LOVE, I LOVE YOU, CANDY, CHOCOLATE and SWEETHEART. Then I’ll show you how to sign along to the lift-the-flap book, “Where Is Baby’s Valentine?” by Karen Katz which you can add to your collection if you don’t already have it. I love her books!

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Thanks for watching! What are you doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments below…

 

Learn some baby sign language (ASL) signs for Valentine's Day with this free video tutorial & printable guide. You'll learn VALENTINE, HEART, LOVE + more!

Potty Training with Baby Sign Language

Potty Training with Baby Sign Language

Potty Training? 8 ASL Signs you need to know

Let me start by saying that I’m no potty training expert (although I did manage to get both of my kids out of diapers so #yay).

And while I might not be a potty training guru, one thing I DO know a lot about is using sign language as a communication tool for infants and toddlers. And when it comes to potty training, communication is key.

Toddler speech varies greatly from one kiddo to the next, so if you’ve got a toddler with a large vocabulary who’s easy to understand, then you might not need to use signs when potty training. Many toddlers, however, are still working on building their vocabulary – and those early words can be really hard to understand. If that sounds like your little one, you’ll find the information in this article really helpful!

Potty Training Success with Baby Sign Language

When to Potty Train

Before the use of disposable diapers, babies in the United States were usually potty trained in the 12-18 month range. That’s understandable when you think of washing all those cloth diapers by hand! But as disposable diapers became increasingly popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s, the average age of potty training has crept up to 2.5 years, and even later. Among my early parenting peers [circa 2006], it was definitely the norm to start thinking about potty training around age 2 or so, with a goal to be done by age 2.5 or 3.

These days, savvy parents are realizing that the disposable diaper industry is the biggest benefactor of waiting to potty train, and these smart millennials are starting to potty train earlier to minimize damage to the environment (not to mention their wallets!). However, potty training earlier on means your little one might still be developing his speech skills, which can make communicating about when to go a little tricky.

How Baby Sign Language Can Help with Potty Training

As parents and caregivers seek to start potty training before their little ones’ second birthday, one of the biggest challenges can be communication. Most babies might be saying a few words around their first birthday and might have a vocabulary of up to 50 words by 18 months. Their verbal articulation may still be quite limited and often difficult to understand. In fact, you might only understand about 50% of what your toddler is saying!

Communication is an essential part of the potty training process. This limited ability to talk can make potty training even more challenging. Your little one needs to be able to let you know when he’s got to go!

Enter Sign Language

Using basic signs is the perfect way to bridge the language gap with your toddler. Teaching your little one how to sign “potty” will allow her to let you know it’s time to go! Another cool bonus for teaching your toddler the sign for “potty” is that it’s quiet and doesn’t involve them shouting their need to poop for the whole grocery store to hear. Nice, right?

Potty Training Signs to Start With

The most obvious sign to start with is the sign POTTY. It’s pretty easy, as you’ll see in the video below.

If your kiddo is a little older, and you want to be more specific, you can also teach them the signs for PEE and POOP, but most families find that the sign for POTTY alone does the trick.

The following video will show you how to sign POTTY, PEE and POOP. After that, you’ll find videos for other signs that might come in handy, like CHANGE, DIAPER, DIRTY, CLEAN and ALL DONE.

How to Sign POTTY, PEE & POOP in ASL

How to Sign CHANGE, DIAPER, DIRTY, CLEAN and ALL DONE in ASL

Click through the videos to see how to do a few more signs that might come in handy when potty training…

The Best Potty Training Book

As I mentioned before, I’m no potty training expert. But thank goodness I know someone who is!

My friend, Jamie Glowacki, is a potty training ninja and all-around rock star. She’s also the author of the bestselling potty training book Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right. So if you’re looking for guidance on how to potty train your little one, I definitely recommend picking up her book. She knows her stuff!

And if you find you want support beyond the book, Jamie and her certified Potty Training Coaches are always offering cool potty training workshops and intensives, so if you’d like to work with Jamie directly, or need specialized help around a particular challenge, you can find her at JamieGlowacki.com.

You Can Do It!

Now you know the most useful signs to help get your little one communicating during the potty training journey. You’ve also got a great book recommendation for best practices on potty training, as well as an insider tip on how to put a real expert on speed dial. You’ve got everything you need to succeed. You’ve got this!

Got More Hot Tips?

If you’ve got a great potty training tip to share, please share them in the comments below. I’d love to hear what’s worked for you!

 

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Baby Signing at the Beach!

Baby Signing at the Beach!

Head to the Beach and Learn Some New Signs!

A trip to the beach brings new sights, smells & textures and ignites your baby’s senses. An exciting & stimulating environment is a perfect time to introduce your little one to new words & signs.

This video + printable will give you the tools you need to teach your baby some fun & useful American Sign Language (ASL) signs.

Today I’m excited to share with you some of my favorite signs for things you’ll see at the beach. You might also enjoy teaching your little one signs for the amazing creatures that can be found in the ocean.

Have fun at the beach!

In today’s video you’ll learn how to sign WATER, WAVE, OCEAN, HOT, SUN, SKY, BIRD, SWIM, BOAT, FISH, HAT, UMBRELLA, TOWEL, SAND, BUCKET, SHOVEL, BALL and SHELL.

Beach Signs 

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I’ve also created a printable guide that you can keep as a reference to help you remember how to do  9 of these signs. You can find it in the Tiny Signs Printable Shop.

 

 

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Learn 10 ASL Signs for Fruits

Learn 10 ASL Signs for Fruits

Learn how to sign APPLE, BANANA and more!

Whether your baby is starting with purees, or diving right in to some delicious fingers foods, fruit is probably on the menu.

If you’re just starting out, you don’t need to learn the sign for every single food your baby eats – in fact, simply signing EAT or FRUIT is a great place to start.

But as your baby begins to show preferences for certain foods, or even develops a clear favorite, you’ll want to teach your baby the sign for that special treat.

Sweet, juicy fruits are popular faves for babies, so watch through the below video and see if there are any your little one might want to learn. That way they can let you know what they want!

In today’s video you’ll learn how to sign APPLE, BANANA, PEAR, STRAWBERRY, BLUEBERRY, MELON, WATERMELON, PINEAPPLE, COCONUT, and ORANGE.

Instructions for 10 ASL Signs for Fruits

Use the below instructions to help you remember how to do 10 ASL Signs for Fruits or scroll down to download a beautiful color printable guide to print and keep as a helpful reference.

Apple – Twist the knuckle of your pointer finger on your cheek.

Banana – Use your pointer & thumb to “peel” the pointer finger of your opposite hand.

Pear – Touch your fingers & thumb of your non-dominant hand together to make the shape of a pear. Drag the fingers of your dominant hand over to show the shape.

Strawberry – Place the fingers & thumb of your dominant hand on the tip of your opposite pointer finger and twist like you are picking a berry.

Blueberry -Place the fingers & thumb of your dominant hand on the tip of your opposite pinky finger and twist like you are picking a berry.

Melon – “Flick” the top of your opposite fist as if you are thumping a melon to see if it’s ripe. 

Watermelon – Sign WATER by tapping your “W” handshape at your chin, then sign MELON (see above).

Pineapple – Make a circle with your pointer & thumb and place it over your eye.

Coconut – Curve the fingers of both of your hands like you are holding a coconut, then shake it next to your ear like your are listening to see if it’s ripe.

Orange – Open & close your fist under your chin like you are squeezing an orange.

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Plan to enjoy the season!

So now you know 10 new ASL signs that you can use as you enjoy the fruits of the season. Take advantage of the beautiful weather and get out and support your local farmer’s market too. :)

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PS And don’t forget to download your free printable of fruit signs below…

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