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Baby Babble 101: Baby Signs {Giveaway & Special Offer Alert}

It's A Giveaway! Wine A Baby Signs Complete Starter Kit

Update! Hadley is just about to turn one and she is a little signing machine.She rarely has tantrums or crying fits because we know what she wants. Bed time, hungry, bottle.... there's a sign for that!

When my first baby was about 6 months old I took a baby sign language class. I had no clue what it was about but I would of done anything to get out of the house to hang out with other mommies. It was similar to other mommy classes: a bunch of tired but eager moms sitting in a circle with baby in their laps and an instructor flashing a series of gestures similar to reciting Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

But we weren't learning songs. We were learning how to teach our babies sign language. Of course it was just the basics: eat, more, bottle (or nurse), all done and so on. The classes were fun, informative and it was a great mommy activity that I would highly recommend. At home, my husband and I worked with my son for a few months and by 11 months he was signing back to us and anyone who would look at him! No throwing his plate across the room because he wanted more. No screaming at the top of his lungs until we figured out what he was trying to communicate. He would press his tiny hands together in the sign for more and we would reply bright eyed and smiling, "More?"

We teach our kids hand gestures and most kids are using them before they learn to talk already. They wave, blow kisses, put their arms up to be held and so on. We are already teaching them signs even if we don't recognize it. These early forms of communications are just the tip of the iceberg of what they can learn and do.

This time around I don't have time to head out and revisit the classes so I am getting back into signing with an at-home Baby Signs Program. Baby Signs® generously sent me the Baby Signs Complete Starter Kit (read on for a chance to win this for yourself) which comes with an 80 page parent guide book & DVD, 4 board books, a quick flip guide for your fridge and the My Baby Signs Favorites DVD.

Baby Signs Favorites DVD

During  meals, baths, story time and other daily routines, we talk with my 8 month old just like we would normally but we also use the sign gestures in hopes that over the next few months, she will be signing back. Even little things like talking about 'more' cereal or being 'sleepy' are fun and engaging activities.

We have been having such a great time with this kit. I say we because it's not just me. It's dad, big brother, big big sister and big sister all getting involved in discovering how to communicate better with baby Hadley. The kids love watching the Favorites DVD with her and are very entertained with the puppets and animations. All 5 of us are constantly running to the fridge to check the flip guide for a new sign through out the day. Hadley will often giggle when we have her make the signs with her hands. She loves the attention, affection and playfulness. I am starting to see her press her hands together, either more or the start our diaper change sign.

Of course I've heard the naysayers who speculate that if you teach a baby to sign, they won't start using words. In my experience, the opposite is true. All my older kids had exceptional vocabularies at a very early age and we used baby signs with all 3. All of them spoke way before any of their friends and were using full sentences when their buddies were still using just one word. Yes every mother thinks their child is a super genius but my point is is that they were ahead, if anything, and not at all slowed by using sign language.

But you don't have to take it from me. Dr. Linda Acredolo and Dr. Susan Goodwyn, the Baby Signs® founders, saw that their children were using hand gestures naturally and wanted to see if encouraging sign language had any impact on developing language skills. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, they followed 2 groups for two years. One group was encouraged to use Baby Signs and the other was not. They found that the group who was using baby signs talked sooner! Now they offer programs, DVDs, books, classes and more. To learn more about their research based sign language program or the starter kit, visit them at babysigns.com and make sure to keep up with Baby Signs on their Facebook page (get signs of the weeks, tips and special savings).

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Baby Signs is giving one lucky PL reader a complete Baby Signs Starter Kit. Retail value $39.95. This giveaway is open to US residents. To enter, choose any or all of the 3 following options and leave a comment about it. Entries will be collected until 12/12/2011 (midnight PST). One winner will be chosen at random. You must comment to enter:

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