Book Review: The Baby Signing Book

babysigningA few weeks ago I mentioned that I was planning to pick up the pace on using baby sign language. I finally found the book I was looking for when I cleaned house, and I’m glad I did!

The Baby Signing Book by Sara Bingham is a great resource that I’d recommend to anyone wanting to use ASL with their kids. The book starts out with instructions on how to introduce sign language to your baby.  The following sections are geared toward young babies, older babies and toddlers.

Bingham includes strategies and “teaching moments” as well as “Notes from a signing parent”.  All of these additions helped me get excited about signing with Frances.  She encourages you to use as few, or as many, signs as you’re comfortable with, and I appreciated her low-stress approach.

There is a pretty good sized selection of baby signs included.  It covers most of the signs we’ll be using, but doesn’t include a few I was interested in, like patient and poop.  Overall, there are plenty of signs worth learning.  I especially appreciated the “memory aids” she includes with each sign to help you remember them.

The last section includes several songs and the signs that accompany them.  I like the idea of signing while singing, and I’ve already committed a few to memory.

If you’re only going to buy one book about Baby Sign Language, I’d check out The Baby Signing Book.

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