Baby Signing Time Episode 1 sets your baby's day to music as you learn signs and songs for everyday events in baby's life: eating, family, pets and more. Designed specifically for babies 3-36 months old. Combines songs, animation, and signing babies age 2 and under to make signing easy and fun.
My daughter started watching this when she was about 6 months old. It's one of just a couple videos that she actually likes. I never taught her ANY signs and I noticed when she was around 9 or 10 months old she started doing the signs for certain words when I said them. It was so surprising that she learned them JUST thru this video. In her 12th month she started saying AND signing some of the words. Again, I didn't teach her, the video did. Now she is 15 months old and she has dozens and dozens of words that she can say and many that she signs. These videos are AWESOME. I always have one in her DVD player in the car. She used to cry in the car all the time, so I had to have entertainment for her. A GREAT idea. Oh yeah, and she loves trying to sing the introduction song...I catch her singing it throughout the day..."Baby Baby Baby Signing Tiiiiiiime!" (except she can't say "signing" so she mumbles it) Last little note--she was assessed at her daycare when she was around 10 months old and the only thing she was below average in was language. Now she is the best talker in her class! Above average.
Our little one has been watching this video for a few months now. She knows all the signs clearly! She is 18months now. I have found she is less frustrated if she knows she can communicate and be understood. I would like to buy more but wish you could get a bundle price if you bought all. I have a friend who knows ASL and was trying to get her to say a word, and she used the sign instead of speaking. She was quite impressed.
I love Signing Time...in fact, we have most of the non-baby ones. However, I don't see much difference between the baby version and the others. I have a five month old and we wanted to start introducing signs...her brothers were slightly older. This seems too complicated for really little ones. I prefer My Baby Can Talk for its simpler images and words at this age. Signing Time is great to introduce later...even the baby version.
This rental was about two hours; however, the actual segment is a bit less than half an hour. The same segment repeats twice, then there's a lengthy introduction by Rachel Coleman. I found it strange that the introduction that explains the process was placed in the middle rather than at the beginning, but it is what it is. By the time I got to that part, I stopped watching (it was really long). The actual signing segment is great, and it's one of the few things that has actually held my son's attention. He's only 8 months now and we watched it a couple of times, so I don't expect him to sign back just yet. I found it very helpful, and I continue to sign with him and hope that soon he will catch on. It's great, it's interesting, catchy, and my son loves it, but I don't see the point of repeating the same segment over and over again. That's what the rewind button is for. I may just buy the DVDs instead, to have them to watch over and over. I highly recommend Baby Signing Time, but not this rental.
My child loves it. He's picked up a couple of signs but the main benefit on that end is me learning them from DVD so I can keep teaching him. I understand no tv is recommended but realistically for some of us our child is going to watch a little. He loves loves the signing babies, Miss Rachel, and the little cartoons. I have seen some other reviews complaining about the cartoon characters but let me sat they are minimal and very simple characters that do something here and there. I'm very happy with this DVD even though I cannot get the songs out of my head!
This has been a HUGE hit in our home. My youngest is a small toddler and she is able to catch on to the signs and repeat them (mimic). She has increased her ability to communicate SOOOO much by using this series, whereas before she would yell and get frustrated. Her speech therapist recommended sign language but didn't give us guidance as to how or what to teach her. We found these videos and they were perfect. They are basic but very catchy.