Thursday, April 15, 2010

Baby Sign Language

So at 13 months, my little girl doesn't say many words. She can say mama, her brother's name, dada, papa, and dog, but that's about it. And most of the time, she's not really consistent. And that's why I love baby sign language.

She's cutting her molars right now, which every parent knows is an intense teething marathon. This means she's frequently fussy, and if she didn't know some sign language, it could get pretty frustrating. But, since she does, she's able to do the signs for "teeth" and "medicine" and I know that she is in pain and wants her Tylenol.

It's also nice that she can sign "water" and "nurse", so that I know which beverage she'd like. :)

Of course, baby sign language is very helpful in relation to infant potty training. When she's signing "poop" I know that she needs a potty, and fast! Or, if she's on the potty signing "all done" I know that she's finished doing her business.

Here's what we used to get started with baby sign language:

I really loved Dr. Garcia's Sign With Your Baby Kit, because it included a book with lots of good information and research on the subject. (It also goes into how teaching your baby sign language will not hinder verbal development, and actually will help it!) Included is a DVD that shows how babies really do sign. It also has a convenient quick reference guide of some common signs that you'll want to teach your baby.

I was skeptical before I had my first baby that Baby Sign Language would work, but I have been absolutely amazed at the results! 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Infant Potty Training At 13 Months

My little girl is now 13 months old, and as I said in a previous post we're working on independence. She has very few misses unless we're not consistent. But she's also been very dependent on us to realize she needs to go and to take her to the potty. But lately she has been better about being clear with her actions, and being more independent. She'll go into the bathroom sometimes when she needs to go, and she'll also whimper and look at the potty if she needs to poop.

For example, she is really good at sitting on her potty that looks like this:

All I need to help her with is undressing, wiping, and dressing when she uses the potty. I am trying to be more disciplined about letting her use her little potty instead of me carrying her to the toilet and letting her sit on her padded toilet seat that looks like this:

Infant potty training is just so much fun. It can be trying at times, but more often than not I'm just so amazed that babies have this ability to be potty trained from day 1, and most Americans are totally unaware of it.