The Baby Signing Book, a Great Gift for Parents and Grandparents

Teach your baby sign language.

Teach your baby sign language.

The Baby Signing Book, Second Edition
By Sara Bingham
Robert Rose

My three month old daughter Isabella is crying. I pick her up; she cries. I check her diaper; it’s dry. I try feeding her; she’s not hungry. She’s not feverish. She doesn’t want to be rocked. She doesn’t want to take a nap. Frustration builds as I keep trying to discover what’s wrong.

‘If only Bella could tell me what she wants!’ I think.

Now she can; through sign language.

The Baby Signing Book by Sara Bingham shows parents how to teach their babies American Sign Language. Bingham is the founder of WeeHands, the world’s leading children’s sign language and language development program for babies, toddlers and preschool children. Her second edition includes 100 additional ASL symbols, plus more case studies than her 2007edition.

Part 1 of the book provides an introduction to signing with babies and young children. It explains why parents should start signing, the history of ASL, milestones for infants and children up to 3 years.
Part 2 is an clearly illustrated dictionary of 450 ASL signs.
Part 3 provides songs and rhymes parents can sign with their children, including “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “Old MacDonald,” “The Wheels on the Bus.”

The book also includes:

  • The top five signing tips
  • A program parents can use to customize teaching signs to fit their families needs
  • FAQs and answers Instructions on the five distinct components of ASL signs: body space, hand shape, movement, palm orientation and facial expression
  • Age-specific advice on how to teach sign language as your child develops
  • A place for parents to record when they started teaching a sign and when the baby produced it back.

The Baby Signing Book is easy to read and understand, and would make a great gift for new parents or grandparents.