Baby Sign Language with SuperHands.ie

Fast becoming one of the latest parenting trends is baby hand signing. A method of teaching your baby to communicate with you, using hand signals before they can talk. Babies have a desire to communicate their needs and wants but they lack the ability to do so clearly. With hand signing, it lets babies, some as young as six months old, communicate their needs so they don’t need to cry.

Repeating signs consistently on a regular basis, will help your baby learn simple signs for common words such as hungry, thirsty, sleep, more and all gone.

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Benefits to signing with your baby

There is no more guesswork to your babies needs.

It reduces frustration and tantrums.

It can strengthen the bond between mother and baby.

Signing can be a fun experience and helps enhance baby’s self esteem and confidence.

It can also boosts their brain development.

Review

Frankie, Kayla and I went to a SuperHands Baby Sign workshop last summer. Frankie was only four months old at the two hour long class, and if I’m completely honest he hadn’t a clue what was going on around him. Kayla on the other hand loved it. Miriam the owner of SuperHands, approach to teaching was very relaxed, fun and informal.

After our workshop we left to start our signing journey at home. Eventually I got bored as there was absolutely no interest in anything I was doing. Then at about nine months I re-introduced signing to him when he developed hand control. He then began to understand signs for eat, drink, ball, book and bird.

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We received a book and CD to continue our journey signing, it really helped us, without them I don’t think Frankie would be signing the way he is today. Frankie can sign milk, thank you and ball only when he wants to though. I’ve tried endlessly to capture this on camera but as soon as he see’s the red light it’s game over.

Kayla loves nothing more than signing from the school yard to communicate without screaming or if Frankie’s napping nearby she can communicate to me without me hushing her quiet. Kayla thinks signing is great fun, she is helping me teach Frankie, she knows forty-seven signs now. I should also mention Frankie has a vocabulary of twelve words and he is only eleven months so the myths of baby signing slowing down speech is ridiculous, I believe signing has helped increase his vocabulary.

I really enjoyed introducing signing to my little family. While some family members think I’m crazy it has clearly progressed his speech, reduced frustration and it is the cutest thing ever when he signs thank you after you give him a toy or treat.

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For more information on signing check out SuperHands.ie or check out their new baby Signing app available from the AppStore.

Mother’s Day Giveaway #2 | Win a €50 BEUTiFi.com Voucher

BEUTiFi.com is a website that enables women to search, browse and book hair and beauty salons, freelance professionals and offers online, instantly.

You can browse thousands of hair and beauty salons and freelance professionals offering their services in your chosen location.  On BEUTiFi.com you can out check profiles, portfolios, special offers and ratings for each salon and professional near you. You can sign up to their website and start browsing NOW!

The lovely people at BEUTiFi.com have decided to treat one lucky My Little Babog reader with a €50 voucher to spend on their website and spoil themselves whether it be for a new hair-do, make over or manicured nails.

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To enter

LIKE BEUTiFi.com on Facebook

LIKE My Little Babog on Facebook

and finally COMMENT below.

GOODLUCK!

Giveaway closes on Mother’s Day, Sunday 15th of March. Winner will be announced on the My Little Babog Facebook page.

Mother’s Day Giveaway #1 | Win a €50 Penneys Voucher

Competition now closed!

We may not agree on everything but the one thing I think we can all agree on is that Penneys is the number one shop for a bargain or two here in Ireland. It’s the one place you can dress the kids for summer on a budget and it’s the holy grail of inexpensive fashionable shopping with all the latest trends!

Coat €28. Trousers €17. Bag €11.

 I have some awesome Mothers Day prizes to giveaway over the next week and to kick things off I have a €50 Penneys voucher to GIVEAWAY to one lucky My Little Babog reader.

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To Enter:

LIKE My Little Babog on Facebook

LIKE Penneys on Facebook

and finally COMMENT below

Giveaway closes on Sunday 15th of March. Winner will be announced on the My Little Babog Facebook page. Goodluck all!

Babypotz – Baby Food Storage Review

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The one big difference between my two babies is their eating habits. I have one kid who eats bland dinners consisting of mash, veg and one meat, mainly chicken. While Frankie my littlest babog will eat anything. If he had to choose between food and his mammy, food would win every time. (more…)

Bee the Book – Farm Friends – Review, Giveaway and Discount Code

Bee The Book Review

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Farm friends is an interactive vibrant book that parents can bring to life. It allows children to maintain full eye contact and see the correct pronunciation of words as parents look through the hole and read a rhyme featured in a fold down flap which is only visible to the reader.

Author Debora Tobin came up with the innovative idea when she struggled to get her own children to sit and listen during story time. She decided to bring a whole new experience to reading. She wanted storytime to be fun with a baby or toddler.

The book is made from durable flexible card with a high gloss shine and 50% of the profits from the book go to charity Bee For Battens.

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The book has been in our possession a few months now. It would definitely one of my top five baby and toddler books for the educational and interactive fun factor. We recently introduced it to Frankie and he thinks it’s hilarious. Kayla reads it to him sometimes too, she actually knows most of the rhymes by heart now, just shows how much we actually read it.

If you buy one book for your little babog this year, it’s got to BEE this one!!

Kayla’s Review

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I love Bee the Book. My mammy looks so funny with wings, wool and four legs. She sometimes makes up her own funny stories. Frankie thinks mammy is so funny too, she always makes funny noises and silly faces. I read it to him too. I’ve never seen a bee on a farm though, my mammy says that’s because I’ve never looked for one. So next I go to the farm in Wexford I’m going to look for bee’s.

Bee The Book – Farm Friends is €9.99 and available to buy HERE. I also have a discount code; use MYLITTLEBABOG at the checkout to receive 20% off.

I also have a book to giveaway to one of my lucky readers. To enter LIKE Bee The Books on Facebook and COMMENT on this post. Competition closes Tuesday 3rd of March.

Goodluck!!

Disclaimer: I was giving this product for reviewing purposes. This does not affect my honest opinion.

Things NOT To Say To A Pregnant Woman

I’m fourteen weeks pregnant, enjoying the second trimester. I’m at the ‘eat what you want, as much as you want, do whatever you want’ stage. And so far there have been no hormonal outbursts, midnight snacking or endless toilet trips. Second trimester is treating me kind.

Some of the questions I have been asked by family, friends and strangers, my midwife or consultant didn’t even ask me. Here is a list of questions I have been asked in the past few months and things you should not actually ask a pregnant woman.

Was it planned?

Since when is it okay to interrogate someone about conception? FYI if not being on contraception means ‘planned’ then yes my little babog was planned.

Was there nothing on the telly?

Well considering half of Ireland is expecting in August, NO there was nothing on my TV in November…

Are you sure you’re not having twins?

Why don’t you just tell me I look fat! I’m pretty sure there is only one little person in there. I am NOT having twins!

I think you’re having a boy/girl…

Let’s get one thing straight you cannot guess by a person’s figure, skin, eating habits, piss or poo what gender their baby is going to be. FACT!

Are you planning anymore?

Would you ever let me push this baby out first! But if I’m honest I’m pretty sure the other half has booked in for a vasectomy.

I thought you were finished?

If I was finished having babies would I pregnant right now? No.

Can I touch your belly?

How about can I touch yours? No… Okay, you can’t touch mine either.

You may think these are all reasonable things NOT to say to a pregnant woman but I have heard them all, in this pregnancy and in less than fourteen weeks. So just to be clear, tell me I look amazing, tell me I’m glowing and tell me I’m looking radiant. DON’T TOUCH MY BELLY and we’ll all be friends.

What My Baby Actually Plays With

My kids have a room full of toys. Kayla’s have built up over the past few years and in fairness she could sit in there for hours and play happily with her colourful imagination.

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Frankie on the other hand has been spoilt in less than eleven months old with hundreds of euro’s worth of toys. While I buy a lot of second hand toys at a quarter of the price, he was spoilt at Christmas. Almost half of the gifts he received are under his cot, unopened because he has way too many. And if I’m completely honest he has no interest in any of them.

My baby likes to play with…

A tangle teaser

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An old remote control

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A cardboard box

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Cooking utensils

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Wipes and nappies

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…and finally Kayla’s kitchen and her Frozen dolls.

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What does your baby like to play with?