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Baby Signs for Mealtime Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 7, 2002
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The signs for EAT, DRINK, ALL GONE, ICE CREAM and BANANA are staight-up ASL signs. The signs for MORE, APPLE, HOT, and CEREAL are slightly modified.
I am OK with these variations because they are easier for babies to use, given their limited coordination. I just want this to be fun and easy for my baby - I can teach him 'proper' ASL signs later!
I was really glad to see that the authors included signs for BIB. I couldn't find these signs in any of my ASL dictionaries.
My favorite feature of the book is the last page, which contains photos of the food items from each of the previous pages. I can say "where's the banana?" to my baby and he can point to it on the page. Then we make the sign for banana together. This last page is the icing on the cake because it gives us a fun way to use the signs and interact with each other.
As an educator and a parent, I highly recommend this beautifully photographed book to anyone who would like to sign with their baby.
Some of the words in this book don't make a lot of sense to a baby. The "all gone" page, she doesn't sign "all gone" but she signs "drink" and says "ga ga" (means crackers) because that's what's on the page. But you know what, that's ok because 1. She enjoys these books immensely and 2. She's learned a LOT of signs from reading the books constantly.
She's been signing 1 month (17 mos old) and knows 35 signs. Once your baby gets a handle on signing, these books won't even be enough, you'll want to find signs for other things that aren't even in the books.
I would start with the "First Signs" board book, and see how your baby picks them up (some kids never get an interest in signing so I'm told). Or you can take a chance and buy all 4 books. Don't do what I did and just get a couple because then if your baby really starts catching on you'll be kicking yourself that you didn't get the rest.
This book is a great book, but I think the "first signs" book is a better introduction to get your baby interested in signing.
The board book is a great idea, because it plays on baby's attraction to pictures of other babies. My 7-month-old enjoys it, and she really soaks it up. She watches me like a hawk when I make the sign and say the word. I can tell that she really gets it.
From experience, if you want to teach your child ASL or any other language, you will need to use that language at home constantly. If you stop, they will forget everything. So, to teach your child ASL, first you need to learn it. This is definitely not the book for that.
It is, however, a great book for its purpose of helping baby to communicate earlier with family members.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received the book that I ordered, but the books are all warped or uneven. They don't appear wet, but they don't even sit evenly on a coffee table. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jessica frizzell
Every baby in my current class (and every baby in the last 5 classes) loves this book! The pictures are bright and good quality and the signs are easy to learn. Read morePublished 7 months ago by msel
Not worth the money- can get more info from doing a google search. Save your moneyPublished 11 months ago by K. Gleason
if you are going to the teach baby sign - these are the signs that matter and cut down on frustration!
great way to communicate with you baby
Absolutely love this book. Fabulous to help baby (and mommy) learn sign language to help with the communication process. Read morePublished 22 months ago by K. Frizz
We sure enjoyed watching how babies actually can sign! Reminds me of watching bears in wild forests, all the subtle forms of communication. Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by FYI
This book was given as a gift to my child but its not that great for a child who will speak. For a child who has a speech delay or an impairment preventing them from speaking, its... Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Kelsey