Monthly Archives: July 2012

What Exactly is Baby Sign Language?

Baby Signing kimbee.com.auWe use baby sign language with our daughter, she likes it when we make signs to her and speak the word at the same time,  it really catches her attention and makes her smile and laugh. I feel I am really interacting with her. Why don’t you start with a few signs at first and build them up, make it fun for yourself and your baby. Here’s what Lisa says about baby sign language.

Most parents have heard of this recent parenting craze but not a lot of parents actually know what baby sign language involves. Many would naturally assume that you teach adult sign language to your baby, but this is not entirely correct. Let me explain why baby signing is very different to adult signing.

Sign language for people with hearing difficulties is dramatically different from our spoken language; it isn’t just a matter of substituting words with signs in the same sequence. To learn this language effectively, it takes as much effort as it would to learn any new language as it follows its own rhythm and structure. If you were to attempt to learn sign language in order to teach your baby, it is likely that your baby would be talking way before you even get started. This is probably what puts most people off teaching baby signing to their little ones as they feel they need to learn a second language.

Baby signing is different to adult signing. It doesn’t even follow the same structure. Signing for babies is based on the concept of keyword signing. Keyword signing is used in conjunction with speech and is usually used with hearing children and adults. Generally, keyword signing will be used for communication when one person can speak and the other one can’t. Keyword signs are used to compliment the spoken conversation and are used by the non-verbal child or adult to communicate back and respond. Some of the gestures used are often borrowed from sign language or may be modified to be more easily understood or performed.

Babies can understand most of what you are saying from the age of 6 months but they are unable to respond. They try their hardest to communicate through their body language but keyword signing provides a more effective means of communication to help them get their point across. They can easily communicate through the use of keyword signing well before their vocal chords are developed enough for speech. Through this communication method, they suffer less frustration because they are able to let you know what they think and want without the usual guessing games.

A baby that is less than 12 months old will have the ability to copy hand signals. If your baby is already waving hello or goodbye, they are certainly able to add more gestures to their vocabulary. Being understood is very empowering for the child and they recognize early how rewarding it is to have communication skills.

They are able to produce these hand signals at an age far younger than they are able to talk. Most babies are ready to use these signs by the age of 6-9 months whereas some babies may not speak until 12 months. For others who follow a slightly delayed speech development, they may not be able to communicate with words until they are over 2 years old. In this case, Baby Sign Language can be an invaluable tool, allowing them to express themselves almost a year before they would have naturally been afforded that opportunity.

Parent’s who take the time to nurture their child’s development by teaching Baby Sign Language are also more likely to spend quality time with their baby. They are more likely to seek out ways to improve their child’s development which flows on to have many positive benefits other than just the accelerated speech development.

Thank you Lisa for your informative article – Lisa Baade article source Ezine Articles

For more information on baby sign language in Australia check out the Australian Baby Hands website http://www.australianbabyhands.com/.

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100% Natural Rubber Toys Review

What toys would you feel completely safe to let your baby freely chew on?

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If you have a baby or young child you must have heard all the hype about Sophie Giraffe the 100% Natural Rubber Teether. Well I wanted to get fun safe chewable toys for my daughter when she started teething, I thought there must be more companies than Vulli manufacturing these kind of teether toys and to my surprise there aren’t that many that offer 100% Natural Rubber Toys – completely safe for your baby.

I did come across a third generation family company (founded in 1952) called Lanco in Spain which are manufacturing the most cutest, reasonably priced, small and appealing baby toys and teethers, they are 100% Natural Rubber, are handmade without the use of machinery, hand painted with food grade dyes (an absolute GEM of a find!).

My daughter just loves them, she can easily handle these small flexible teethers, the colours really entice her to them and she loves the squeak they make. You know what babies are like when they are teething? – Everything goes in their mouths! I can feel rest assured that this collection of toys are completely safe and also easing her sore gums. I also have two primary school age daughters, they too love these little toys and wanted their own collection for their bedrooms (our favourite is Kelsie Seahorse). Lanco toys are not only safe and environmentally friendly but are a real hit in our house. Happy girls equal a Happy Mum!

These toys were such a great find that I have stocked my own online store with 2 of my favourites and hope to build on this creative range. Please feel free to check them out www.kimbee.com.au.

The distributor selling these Natural Rubber toys are based in the UK and are called Mushroom & Co, a really professional company to deal with. Their website is very informative in relation to sensory development in young children.

Sensory Development

A baby knows the scent of its mother pretty much from birth. As your baby develops their senses, you’ll be able to see their reactions more and more too familiar smells around them; the rubber scent of their teether will soothe or excite them as they recognise their playmate.

Babies learn through their sense of touch, be it with their fingers, their bodies, or their mouths, so they’ll love exploring this little toy.

Lanco toys have appealing colours to stimulate a baby’s sight senses, upon seeing their familiar toy your baby will likely be soothed or excited.

Babies respond best to high pitched sounds. That’s why the soft squeak of their playmate is likely to get a rise out of your little one.

Getting used to different textures is also a big part of learning, so the texture and soft flexibility of Lanco’s toy collection is an important part of a baby’s development.

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Joanne @Kimbee

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Are you Pregnant, Tired & in Pain?

Are you suffering with any of these symptoms?

Prenantal Cradle

  • Tiredness
  • Back Pain
  • Abdominal Straining
  • Hip Separation
  • Public Symphysis
  • Vulvar Varicosities
  • Lympedema
  • Perineal Edema
  • Incontinence
  • External Prolapsed Bladder or Uterus
  • Lordosis
  • Sciatica

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The Prenatal Cradle is much like a woman clasping her hands under her abdomen; the Prenatal Cradle supports the weight of pregnancy, yet does not restrict mother or child. By freeing the arms and promoting proper circulation to the lower extremities, the undergarment also allows many mothers to remain active through the third trimester.

There are several maternity belts on the market Best Cradle, Hip V2 Supporter, Mini Cradle, Prenatal Cradle Plus, V2 Supporter.

  • Adjustable for maximum comfort and support
  • Safe, effective, and convenient
  • Soft, lightweight, and machine washable (line dry)

These maternity belts are enthusiastically recommended by Doctors, Nurses, Mid-wives, Physical Therapists, Healthcare Professionals, Mothers-to-be and others as an effective maternity support belt providing both back and abdominal support.

Have you tried a maternity belt previously? Let us know your thoughts…

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We would highly recommend you visit the Prenatal Cradle store.

Joanne @Kimbee

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