Monday, April 16, 2012

Books, Babies and Baby Signs

Book provide an excellent way to bond with your baby. Not only does book reading help increase your child's literacy skills, it often will have words or pictures your baby can sign to.

Babies can then take a more active role in book reading, increasing the vocabulary used a conversations expand beyond just reading to a child. When you read with your baby and they are signing words back to you, providing you with more ideas and questions for each other, you will bond with your baby in a way that may not have been possible without baby signs.

Books are a great source for new signs. Animal signs are Nashville and Gerans favourite signs and a great book to do the signs with is Brown, Bear, Brown Bear, What Do you See? This book also provides the opportunity to practice colours as your baby grows.

Watch for things your baby likes as you turn pages, remember it is not as important to finish the book as it is to engage in conversation about the pictures and words your baby loves.

Repeat the same book over and over and watch how proud your baby will become as they start to turn the pages and sign the words they know, initially reading the book on their own!

Books seem to slow everyone down and invite cuddles and snuggles, what a great way to bond with your baby. Daddy's especially love this interaction, increasing their bond with baby sooner than waiting for verbal communication.

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