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.
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Book Review: On Becoming Baby Wise Book Two

On Becoming Baby Wise II: Parenting Your Pre-Toddler Five to Fifteen Months

On Becoming Baby Wise II: Parenting Your Pre-Toddler Five to Fifteen Months

On Becoming Baby Wise II: Parenting Your Pre-Toddler Five to Fifteen Months by Gary Ezzo

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As much as I liked the first book, On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep this one fell short for me. It really shouldn’t be its own book, and I almost feel like the used price I paid (a couple of bucks, shipped) was a rip-off. Why not just append it to the first book, since it’s really more of a pamphlet, any way?
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Using Baby Sign Language

“More” by Lynn Kelley

I’ve been using sign language casually with Frances for a couple of months now. I chose a few verbs and nouns we use most, like sleepy and nap and I sign them several times a day. Frances is pushing seven months so I figure she should be ready to sign back, but she shows no interest what’s so ever!

I explain to her what the signs mean and how to make them, but she would rather squawk and babble than sign. Or so it seems. Maybe I’m going about it the wrong way. Maybe I’m choosing the wrong words. I’ve started “all done”, but haven’t shown her “more”. Perhaps she would be more interested if the verbs were more active than passive?
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