Saturday, March 29, 2008

Baby Sign Language - Toilet (Potty)

There's a distinct expression of concentration on the face of your baby when it's time to go potty. This is the perfect time to introduce the baby sign for toilet.

Toilet or Potty is signed with your right hand at shoulder level. Use the T hand shape with your palm facing outward. Shake your hand side to side with increasing intensity to indicate greater urgency.

Discover more baby signs at the Babystrology baby sign language dictionary.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Baby Sign Language - Fish

Pointing to your pet fish is a great way to introduce the baby sign for fish. Even if you don't have a pet fish, you can point to a picture of a fish in a story book.

Fish is signed with your right hand at chest level. Use the B hand shape with your palm facing left. Move your hand forward and across your body while bending your wrist left and right as if your hand were a swimming fish.

Discover more baby signs at the Babystrology baby sign language dictionary.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Baby Sign Language - Dog

Pointing to your pet dog is a great way to introduce the baby sign for dog. Even if you don't have a pet dog, you can point to a picture of a dog in a story book.

Dog is signed with your right hand at your thigh. Use the B hand shape with your palm facing your body. Tap your thigh several times as if calling a dog.

Discover more baby signs at the Babystrology baby sign language dictionary.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Baby Sign Language - Cat

Pointing to your pet cat is a great way to introduce the baby sign for cat. Even if you don't have a pet cat, you can point to a picture of a cat in a story book.

Cat is signed with your right hand at the side of your mouth. Use the F hand shape and move your hand outward several times as if stroking the whiskers of a cat.

Discover more baby signs at the Babystrology baby sign language dictionary.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Baby Sign Language - Hurt (Pain)

Unfortunately boo-boos are a part of discovery and growing up. They are also a good time to introduce the baby sign for hurt.

Hurt is signed with both hands at chest level or near the hurt area of your body. Use the 1 hand shape with both hands facing the body. Tap your fingers together indicating the site of the hurt.

Discover more baby signs at the Babystrology baby sign language dictionary.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Baby Sign Language - Water

A good time to introduce the baby sign for water is just before offering your baby a drink of water.

Water is signed with your right hand at mouth level. Use the w hand shape with your palm facing left. Tap twice at your chin.

Discover more baby signs at the Babystrology baby sign language dictionary.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Baby Sign Language - Cold

A cold winter day, entering a swimming pool, or playing with an ice cube are all good times to introduce the baby sign for cold.

Cold is signed with both hands at chest level. Use the A hand shape with both hands, held apart, palms facing. Shake your hands back and forth as if shivering. You can add a facial expression for greater effect.

Discover more baby signs at the Babystrology baby sign language dictionary.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Baby Sign Language - Hot

A good time to introduce the baby sign for hot is when you are cooking, boiling water, or have a hot cup of coffee. From a safe distance, show your baby that steam and stove are hot.

Hot is signed with your right hand at mouth level. Use a clawed 5 hand shape with your palm toward your face. Move your hand away from your mouth and downward quickly as if removing something hot from your mouth. You can show a pained facial expression for greater effect.

Discover more baby signs at the Babystrology baby sign language dictionary.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Baby Sign Language - Sleep

Bed time is the perfect opportunity to introduce the baby sign for sleep.

Sleep is signed with your right hand at head level. Use a relaxed 5 hand shape with your palm toward your face. Close your fingers into a flat O shape as if closing your eyes. You can try closing your eyes as your hand closes and add an appropriate facial expressions for greater effect.

Discover more baby signs at the Babystrology baby sign language dictionary.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Baby Sign Language - Bath

It's bath time! The perfect time to introduce the baby sign for bath.

Bath is signed with both hands held at chest level. Use the A hand shape with your both hands, moving your fingers up and down at the same time as if scrubbing your chest during a bath.

Discover more baby signs at the Babystrology baby sign language dictionary.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Baby Sign Language - Eat (Food)

Meal time is the perfect opportunity to introduce the baby sign for eat.

Eat is signed with your right hand at mouth level as if bringing food to your mouth. Use the O hand shape with your palm facing you. Tap your fingertips to your mouth once to sign eat; tap twice for the noun food.

Discover more baby signs at the Babystrology baby sign language dictionary.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Baby Sign Language - More

The baby sign for more is another great one to start with because it is easy to perform.

More is signed with both hands held at chest level. Use the flat O hand shape with your both hands, fingertips touching. Tap your fingers together several times as if adding more to a pile.

Discover more baby signs at the Babystrology baby sign language dictionary.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Baby Sign Language - Milk

The baby sign for milk is a great one to start with because it is easy to perform and is often one of your baby's favorite foods.

Milk can be signed with one or two hands. Hold your hand(s) at chest level and use the S hand shape with your right hand, palm(s) facing inward. Open and close the S shape several times as if milking a cow.

Discover more baby signs at the Babystrology baby sign language dictionary.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Meet Andy - the new baby sign baby!

Andy is Babystrology's new baby sign language baby. Andy enjoys short walks between the couch and coffee table, afternoon naps, and enjoys playing with toilet paper rolls and colorful blocks. Andy's favorite foods are milk and bananas for eating and avocado for pure squishy fun. When not sleeping, Andy loves communicating with baby sign language. Maybe Andy can help you learn baby sign language too?

Each day over the next several weeks Andy will be showing off a new baby sign language sign based on American Sign Language (ASL).