Baby Signs for Animals (Board book)
Babies have a lot to say, even before they can actually speak familiar animal names like "dog" and "bunny." Baby Signs are simple gestures that allow babies and toddlers to communicate what they see, what they need, and even how they feel. Research has shown that Baby Signs decrease frustration and tantrums and help your baby talk sooner.
When to begin: When your child starts to wave bye-bye.
How to do it: Show your baby the sign and point to the picture. Always say the word as you make the sign.
Improvise: Make up your own signs -- your baby probably will too!
Penny Gentieu is a professional and fine art photographer. Her photographs have been exhibited and published worldwide and she has to her credits over 150 magazine covers, including Time, Life, Newsweek, and Parents. She is the author of five books including Wow! Babies! which was named the Parent's Magazine Best Board Book of the Year
Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the California State University at Stanislaus, received her Masters of Science with First Honors from the University of London and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis. Based upon research conducted with collaborator Dr. Linda Acredolo and funded by the National Institutes of Health, she and Dr. Goodwyn co-authored the best-selling book entitled BABY SIGNS: How to Talk With Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk, and founded the Baby Signs Institute. Continuing their mission to bridge the gap between research labs and family living rooms, Drs. Goodwyn and Acredolo published two additional bestselling books for parents, Baby Minds: Brain-building Games Your Baby Will Love and Baby Hearts: A Guide to Giving Your Child an Emotional Head Start.