Baby Signing: A Retrospective

Kathy Irving shares the end of her 2 year journey of signing with her hearing daughter.  Because she works with hearing impaired children, Kathy is uniquely qualified to explain what happened during this time. Their journey of signing is coming to an end with her daughter’s use of verbal language.  Kathy shares how the experience helped her daughter gain a master vocabulary more than 20 times larger than what normal 2 year-olds can speak.

Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 is available in bookstores, on Amazon or from SignBabies.com.  You can even purchase a Kindle version from Amazon.com and from iTunes for the iPad.

Part 2: Signing Explosion-How Easy is It?

Kathy Irving and  Nancy (author of Baby Signing 1, 2, 3) continue their discussion and explain what it takes to sign with your child and the benefits that come from it.  With her background working with hearing impaired children, Kathy is uniquely qualified to explain what is going on with her daughter and other kids who are lucky enough to sign with their parents. This is Part 2 of a 2 Part discussion requested by listeners.

Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 is available in bookstores, on Amazon or from SignBabies.com.  You can even purchase a Kindle version from Amazon.com and from iTunes for the iPad.

Part 1: Signing Explosion-How it Starts

Kathy Irving, an audiologist, mother, and listener updates experience of signing with her daughter with Nancy (author of Baby Signing 1, 2, 3).  With her background working with hearing impaired children, Kathy is uniquely qualified to explain what is going on with her daughter and other kids who are lucky enough to sign with their parents. This is Part 1 of a 2 Part discussion requested by listeners.

Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 is available in bookstores, on Amazon or from SignBabies.com.  You can even purchase a Kindle version from Amazon.com and from iTunes for the iPad.

Signing with Babies and Hearing

Kathy Irving, an audiologist, mother, and listener discusses her findings signing with her daughter with Nancy (author of Baby Signing 1, 2, 3).  With her background working with hearing impaired children, Kathy is uniquely qualified to answer the question that so many parents ask: “Will signing with my baby cause speech delay or hearing issues?”  Kathy shares her knowledge and also her experience.  Nancy also adds her understanding of the difference between communication/language and the form of communication.

Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 is available in bookstores, on Amazon or from SignBabies.com.  You can even purchase a Kindle version from Amazon.com.

Baby Signing Success in Canada

Andrea, mom and family physician in Canada, shares her experiences signing with her daughter and how the book Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 helped her learn how to create a language bond with her daughter.

Ask Nancy–Questions from a Future Mom

Janell asks Nancy the questions that worry her before she has kids.

Other Moms’ Signing Experiences

Here is an email we received from Rachel :

I just finished listening to the latest episode on baby signing and wanted to generally report on our progress and a specific thrill we had.  When Elizabeth, our newly three year old, was small, we only taught her more, all done, go, and fish.  She started talking at 9 months, so those few words were sufficient to keep her from being frustrated, and she’s a super smart and beautifully behaved (and almost fully potty trained thanks to you guys) little girl today.

Well, our 14 month old Lillian has a stronger will.  A much stronger will and a lot less patience for the time it might take you to figure out what she wants.  So baby sign has been invaluable.  And she’s started saying a lot of the words at the same time as she does the sign, so I’ve been kind of quizzing her.  I say “What’s this?” and make the sign for ball.  And she says “Bah!” and looks very pleased with herself.  Or I say, “Lilli, what’s the sign for wind?”  And she does it.  We do that for most of her signs and it helps me be certain that when she’s “talking” to me I know what she’s saying since she doesn’t do every sign exactly the way it’s done in the book.  And she does do some things her own way.  She does the sign for “grandpa” and says “Papa” at the same time.  But when she sees my mom she makes the sign for Grandpa and says “Mam Mam”.  Anyway though, our big excitement this weekend is that she finally started signing and saying “hot”. I know its an easy sign, but she’d never do it before.  But now that she does that, we finally know that the reason she sometimes just stares at food we put in front of her and then stares at us and shakes her head violently, is because she thinks its hot.  Invaluable I tell you!  I tell everybody about baby sign and about Baby Signing 1 2 3, and also show them the “More Please” book that I won (thanks again!) and how Lilli can sign it to herself just like she’s reading it.

So thanks yet again for the show and all your hard work on it.  I look forward to seeing it pop up in my download queue every time.

 

Here is a cute video from one of our other listeners (Parker gets into Teddy Grahams  and the sign MORE).

Signing–Does it Delay Speech?

cover.jpgMany parents worry if signing delays the speech of their children. Listen and learn what Nancy and Tricia have found from their children and teaching hundreds of families. Check out more information at www.signbabies.com. Nancy’s book Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 recently won the iParenting Media award for excellence!

Spring Cleaning, Kids’ Shoes, Signing with Kids

120×115_emilie.jpgWe talk to Laura Lawrence about how to break cleaning down into manageable pieces, the shoes we love and have tested, and signing with our kids–how are things going.

Here is the promised video of Anna walking with the Squeaker Sneakers.  I lost her original one (the first day she wore them) by doing the typical accidental recording over.  She is still a bit unstable in this video, but you can see how she walks and squeaks.  My husband and I LOVE hearing the squeak.  It is really cute and comforting to know where she is now that she is mobile.  We call it our homing device.

Nurturing a Marriage, StoryTelling, Breastfeeding

We discuss nurturing your marriage, breastfeeding, and StoryTelling. Join us for an amazing hour that will help you be a better mother. Continue reading “Nurturing a Marriage, StoryTelling, Breastfeeding”

Winter Exercise, Dealing with Colds, Sing and Sign

cover.jpgWe have a great show with Lisa Druxman of Stroller Strides talking about how to exercise in winter (her voice is a little soft, but the info is great). Then, we talk to PA Jeff Abrams of Alpine Pediatrics about how to deal with Winter Colds. And finally, we discuss how to bring singing into your house and add signing. Check out Babies and Moms Host Nancy Cadjan’s book Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 for great tips on singing and signing. Continue reading “Winter Exercise, Dealing with Colds, Sing and Sign”

Temperament, Signing and Nursing Covers

We talk with Claire Lerner from ZERO to THREE about your child’s temperament, an update on signing and what to do in specific situations, and nursing covers and which ones work well. This show really ROCKS! Continue reading “Temperament, Signing and Nursing Covers”

Approriate Discipline; Signing with Kids with Special Needs, Importance of Religion

Claire Lerner from ZERO to THREE talks about on how to properly deter unwanted behaviors with appropriate discipline. We will also talk with Rachel Coleman of Signing Time about signing with children with special needs. AND we will discuss the importance of religion in the life of a child. Don’t miss it!

Colic, Reading with Kids, and Family Night

We discuss what colic is and how to deal with it, reading with kids and how to have a family night. We’ve got lots of great info and fun, fun, fun!

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Family Dinner, Overscheduling, and Getting Dinner on the Table

signalot_dvd.jpgWe discuss the importance of Family Dinner, the Over-scheduled Family, and ways to get the food on the table with less stress. We have more giveaways this week and we are asking for your input as we discuss these topics. If you have had experiences that you want to share, get ready to call in.

READ on for Coupon Code to Save 30% off on Sign A Lot DVDs!

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What Signs Look Like

Over the past few months, Anna has started signing many different signs.  Here are a few of the ones I was able to catch on film:

  1. Signs MILK (to let me know she was finished playing and wanted some milk
  2. Signs EAT and then MORE to ask me for more food
  3. Signs MUSIC while playing with a musical toy
  4. Signs a modified version of MUSIC (since she is holding on to the table) and then signs LISTEN/HEAR

Now you can see how much a 12-14 month old can tell you

Losing Weight, Developmental Milestones and More

We discuss how one mom lost over 100 pounds after giving birth.  We also discuss developmental milestones you baby should meet and what to do if she doesn’t.  Also, we will discuss what happens to you physically when you silence yourself instead of expressing your opinion in an arguement.  And we will be giving away products!

Continue reading “Losing Weight, Developmental Milestones and More”

Signing Time and Preschools

st_rachel.jpgRachel Coleman of Signing Time joins us to talk about signing with babies and toddlers. We will give away Signing Time DVDs so listen to the LIVE show (www.grapevineradio.com) and call in and win at 9:30 am Mountain/11:30 Eastern. We will also be discussing finding a preschool for your toddler and how to do a preschool at home. For more home preschool information, see the JoySchool website Also check out Show 14 to meet the creator of Joy School, Linda Eyre. Continue reading “Signing Time and Preschools”

Tooth Care, Tooth Brushes, and Signing with Baby

Dr. Kerry Maguire,  Director of Public Advocacy with Tom’s of Maine talked with us about dental health for your baby.  We also talk about tooth brushes we have tested and the amazing things your baby will tell you when she can sign.  Plus lots more fun info. 

Check out the FREE Kindermusik Class offer special for Babies and Moms Listeners. You can try a class and know if it works for you! 

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Breastfeeding And Going Back to Work

We talk with Irene Zoppi, RN, MSN, IBCLC, Medela’s clinical breastfeeding education specialist who discusses issues with breastfeeding when you go back to work and ways to succeed and continue to give you baby the best food possible! Continue reading “Breastfeeding And Going Back to Work”

How Music Develops Baby Brains and Helps with Signing

Learn from music educator Julee Kowallis about how music helps develop babies’ brains and even can help them sign more signs.  Listen to Julee and her tips for how adding music to your life can enrich you and your babies learning experiences. Continue reading “How Music Develops Baby Brains and Helps with Signing”

Baby Wearing and Signing Updates

This segment we talked with Heather Ledeboer from www.mom4life.com about the benefits of “wearing your baby”. Along with the baby wearing products out there that best suit us and our lifestyles.

The idea behind baby wearing has many benefits for your baby, such as: less crying, they learn more because they experience the world through the mothers eyes, an increase in IQ, and it has shown to exhibit a reduction in colic and spit-up with increased cardiac output and improved circulation. Continue reading “Baby Wearing and Signing Updates”

Interpreting Signs, Swim Suit Sun Protection, and Sleep Solutions

Learn how to interpret your baby’s signs, swim suits and sun protection for the pool, and how to get baby to sleep after interruptions to schedules with Jami Kent of BBSleepSolutions.
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Anna Signs Music

The sign MUSIC is made by swishing your hand back and forth over your arm like you are conducting. However, Anna just swings her arm around.  The funny thing is, she first signed MUSIC by shaking her head because some contestant on American Idol was shaking her head while she sang.  You can see her shake her head and then sign MUSIC.

COOL!

Anna Signs MORE

This is the first time Anna signs MORE this clearly.  Blueberries are a great motivator. She even tries to say MORE.

Anna Signs BIRD!

Proud Mama–Check this baby out at 11 months!  She has started her signing cluster and this is another in the many signs she is learning and signing now (including shoe, dog, tree, light, more, milk, eat, and more)

How Language is Formed and How to Praise Your Child

We share how language is formed and how to praise your child.

There are actually more than a few things your baby has to learn to be able to speak and one of them is acquire language–which is different from speech. Did you know that? Continue reading “How Language is Formed and How to Praise Your Child”

Reading and Signing and Sun Care

We discuss Our Favorite Products,  Reading and Signing–Feeling like an Octopus, and Sun Care for Mom and Baby

    Jane Clayson Johnson–The Real Value of Mothers

    We talk to Jane Clayson Johnson, the former host of the CBS Early Show. She shatters the myths of Motherhood and give us the credit we all deserve.

    Save Money (Things You Don’t Need)

    Authors Denise and Alan Fields of Baby Bargains are here to discuss things you don’t need to purchase for your baby so you can save money. Denise and Alan have been on Oprah to discuss the savings they help parents find.

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