How to give baby signing a go – Singapore style!

Have you heard of baby signing? Chances are you actually do some form of it with your baby already. Those gestures and actions you use to communicate with your little one during the day – maybe at feeding time or when they are ready for a nap?

There are actually classes in Singapore which teach you how to sign to your baby correctly. It encourages real communication between parent and child early on in development. Babies are clever at reading these signs and once you start, it’s likely that you’ll be surprised at how quickly they respond.

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Baby signing Singapore

The Baby Signs programme, which is run by three Internationally certified trainers (and mums themselves) in Singapore, has come up with a fun and interactive way for parents to learn. They put it very well – “signing is to talking as crawling is to walking.”

The classes are aimed at kids as young as four months to toddlers aged two. The best age for kids to attend the classes is between eight and 12 months old. At this age, babies are physically able to make the signs and are also starting to visibly understand simple words.

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However, this shouldn’t deter parents with younger babies to give it a go. One of the trainers, Kate Moreau explains: “The younger the baby is, the longer it will take to see any results – though the baby is likely to sign earlier. This is due simply to the physical capabilities of the child. Starting the classes early requires a firmer commitment, but is easier to introduce the signs into baby’s daily routine.”

Commitment to baby signing is key

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