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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; New Ed edition (6 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091851688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091851682
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Baby Signs is a remarkably simple way to improve communication between parent and child, using the everyday signals and mimicry that every baby learns from an early age in order to develop an understanding and rapport.

Authors Linda Acredlo and Susan Goodwyn, both active members of the International Society for Infant Studies, show how easy it is to use simple signs to help parents to gain a greater understanding of their baby, while helping the baby to develop skills that will benefit them greatly as they mature into toddlers.

Using no-nonsense language and easy-to-follow photographs, Baby Signs interprets the early gestures of infancy and encourages parents to interact with their offspring without pressure, while learning to enjoy the pleasures of a small child as he or she begins to interact with the world.

Encouragement, repetition and laughter are the order of the day in this cracking little book, designed to help parent and child get the most out of each other as they learn together.--Susan Harrison

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Using simple signs in order to enhance communication with your baby, thereby gaining a greater understanding of him and his needs.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec. 1997
Format: Paperback
I cannot emphasize enough how wonderful and valuable this book is. It is written clearly and simply, and even busy parents can digest it in an hour or so. And what a difference that hour will make! You can begin communicating with your child almost immediately. Using "baby signs" as described in this book will not delay your child's language development. (That's the first questions most grandparents will ask!) On the contrary, it gets you both so addicted to communicating with each other that the motivation for developing spoken language is as strong as it could be. This book really did change our lives. It was so wonderful to be able to communicate clearly and specifically with our daughter in the months before her now incredible verbal abilities blossomed forth. "Baby signs" truly provide a window into your baby's mind. I am very grateful I discovered it when I did and urge all parents of young babies to put these signs to work for you.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 2000
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A very good book indeed. It spells out a system of signs for communication between carer and child which is simply an enlargement of what most parents do on a day-to day basis without realising it. Having read this book, and now being aware of the concepts behind baby-signs, I am using the principles with my 6-month old daughter and it is already paying off. It is an exciting time when you realise a baby who cannot talk yet actually knows exactly what they want and has a means to tell you!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan. 1999
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I'm using it with my baby now and finding it great. At 6 months he knows the signs for bottle and food and that's damn useful. A godsend. Mandy. 34 years. First time mother. UK
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By HomeGrownPigs on 15 Jan. 2010
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I was hoping that the book would point me in the right direction. Having read it in an evening, at the end I was still none the wiser about where to start. Out of 176 pages only the last 40 or so gave you ideas of signs to use, and it didn't explain anywhere whether it was BSL signs. So after reading it - I ordered other books which did state they were BSL, since whats the point of teaching a child something different to everyone else ? Surely it makes sense to teach them stuff others may well understand too ?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 May 2003
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This book has given us the tools to introduce a new effective form of communication with our baby. The tone of the book is friendly, supportive and easy to understand. We found the specific signs easy to model for our son. He seemed to pick it up so very quickly. Our 4 year-old daughter, although very capable verbally, also likes to talk to her baby brother with the sign language. We would also like to recommend another friendly book full of wit and wisdom that continues to clearly demonstrate how to communicate more effectively (with words) to the next age group called 'The Pocket Parent'. This book explains how important it is to give toddlers the words for their feelings early on which goes hand in hand with Baby Signs. The Pocket Parent gives hundreds of fast answers to handling most of the most challenging behaviors of a 2-5 year (i.e. tantrums, bedtime and mealtime refusals, I hate you's, gimmees, and whining). Both sanity saving books have lowered the frustration level of both parents and children in our family. We are so grateful that we found 2 books that have taught us specific ways of how to communicate much more effectively with our young children. Consider both reasonably priced books for your personal library.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jan. 2002
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I am familiar with the baby signing concept, but this book didn't take me anywhere new. Some anecdotal evidence was interesting but the sign suggestions were a minor part of the book.
This is not an instruction book - afterall, the book tells you that you and your baby make up whatever signs you like and that mean something to you. There is a short chapter (the last one) of suggestions but I bet you know them already (it really is that obvious).
If you lack confidence or need convincing of the concept then I would recommend it. Otherwise, get inventive yourself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Sept. 2000
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A very good book indeed. It spells out a system of signs for communication between carer and child which is simply an enlargement of what most parents do on a day-to day basis without realising it. Having read this book, and now being aware of the concepts behind baby-signs, I am using the principles with my 6-month old daughter and it is already paying off. It is an exciting time when you realise a baby who cannot talk yet actually knows exactly what they want and has a means to tell you! [This review refers to the American edition of this book]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. on 8 Dec. 2013
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I'm involved in psychological research myself and I looked into the studies that have the "overwhelming results" they mention in the description before deciding whether to buy this or not.

This book is not based on good research at all.
The results and interpretations of what they found are incredibly biased and the design of their studies do not represent every demographic of parent-hood.
Their interpretation of the results do not represent their actual findings at all. I looked closely at their analysis and what they actually found was that regardless of baby signing or not, by the age of 30 months the children all reached the same level of development. Therefore you should assume it makes no significant difference to language comprehension or development.

This "research" was designed in such a way to support Goodwyn and Acredolo's theories about baby signing only to release books etc and make money from it.
In fact, a lot of other reputable research out there has found that baby signing increases stress amongst parents.

I was seriously considering this book but after looking at the so called supporting research I will not be wasting my money on it.
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