Sunday, May 27, 2012

Baby Sign @ the Toronto Public Library

Hannah has started to blow bubbles with her drool. Sometimes I will blow raspberries at her and she'll respond by doing her thing. It's nice to communicate in other ways versus her crying.

Another way you can communicate with your baby is through sign language. So I was really excited when my library began it's Baby Sign class, which started last week.

The class is led by Library staff member Melissa. Her sibling is deaf so she is fluent in sign language. She was super encouraging and patient as us parents slowly learned the signs.

The class consisted of learning signs for words frequently used by parents and caregivers (such as Mommy, Daddy, baby, milk, bed, more, please, thank you...) and she taught us three songs that we can sing and sign - "The More We Get Together", "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and "I Love You" (yes, the Barney song *shudder*).

Hannah really likes when I sing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" with the hand actions (hey, being a camp counselor for kids 4-6 and being peed on by other people's children has FINALLY become helpful...) so she loves when I sing and sign to her.

Now when she cries for a bottle, I try to remember to sign "milk" so hopefully she will start to recognize that sign is associated with being feed. Just like she knows when we put her bib on the formula train is pulling into the station.

Unfortunately the cute blond boy who caught her eye at Baby Time was nowhere to be seen, but there's always next week!

Baby Sign continues at the Maria A. Schuka library until June 26, 2012. For details, please click here.

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