I heard about baby signing , many years ago . Since I was still not yet marry(almost:D) and I was about 22 years old.(hiks so young and long time ago) I saw my nephew Bjorn, he was about 15 months then. He came to Jakarta from San Francisco to attend my wedding, with his mom(my sis).I remember watching him eating and he started to make gesture and amazingly my sis can get what he wanted! So he ask for MILK, and MORE CEREAL! I turned to my sis, and was so puzzled and asked her: HOW DID YOU KNOW WHAT HE WANTS?CAN YOU READ HIS MIND?
Of course my sis told me in a "superior" tone :D(joking lah u if you read this) : He used sign language, so baby can communicate before they can even talk! And i thought: ooh cool....so i don't need to guess around what babies want! And plan to do baby signing ever since!I Did some research on the internet too.
Too bad, when Indy was young, we lived in Shanghai China, and I don't get any support or further information about baby signing. I do know some signs at that time , but only a few,so I use these signs with her. She manage to use MORE , and PAIN, and EAT, DRINK. And a few others signs. Indy is an early speaker. So she doesn't really use the sign after that. (or is it because of me?lack of support and information and there was no books available at that time)
During my second pregnancy I went to Hong kong books shop and buy one small book about baby signing. I has many signs to use, but for first timer like me ,I found DVD is much easier to understand.(first timer or lazy ?:D) but I couldn't find any.
So when I found there is a baby signing program in Malaysia, I was so excited! After a few emails with Jamie from BabysignMalaysia I've decided to take Parent kit book. and I love it! I can't wait to start baby signing with Maya soon. The Parent kits come in a big book, 2 DVD samples. And Book marks with all the "main" sign related to baby's world, and it has a "Cheater flip card" which I love the most because I can attached it to my fridge! Oh and in the book It has many of nursery rhymes where we can use the baby signing as gesture to teach our baby. So if like in itsy bitsy spider, we can use SPIDER, RAIN, SUN sign to rhyme with it! And I can get Maya attention easily with rhymes and songs!
I want to order some more DVD and books too. Too bad I can't join her workshop in Puchong, would love to join in, Jamie!:D
And Indy starts to watch the DVD and she told me, this means MILK and this means COW, I want to teach Maya how to do sign language! :D
I want to take MEAL DVD after this, because meal time is Maya favorite time!
So here is a few " FREE" guide for you :
Here is how you say CAT
Here is how you say EAT
And here is how to say ALL DONE
And yup you guess it...there are also sign to tell DIAPER,DIRTY! LOL .Would it be nice to have our baby telling that to us? So I don't need to sniff her bum or guessing if she is poo2 or not!:D
Well some parents said , why we treat our baby like they can't speak?would it slow down baby speech development ? will baby become too lazy to talk when they use signs to communicate?
Well the answer is NO, actually it help baby to talk sooner . For more info please browse Jami website. Oh btw Jamie is the certified baby sign instructor for Malaysia.
And one last thing, I didn't get pay to write this blog.:D
I'm just so excited about this, and just need to share it!
Take care! and let the little fingers talking! and wait until I post a new blog that Maya can do the signs! :D