Baby signing in Portishead

PUBLISHED: 09:03 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

A PORTISHEAD mum is launching new baby signing classes in the town.

A PORTISHEAD mum is launching new baby signing classes in the town.

Holly Gaunt became interested in signing when she saw a friend engaging with her baby using gestures and decided to find out more.

The 26-year-old who was pregnant with her first child at the time, was so taken with the concept that she enrolled on a training course with the Babysigners teaching network.

She said: "To those in the know, using sign language is a wonderful way to communicate with your baby before they develop sufficient control over their voice to talk."

Holly, who is now the proud mum of James aged three months, is offering free taster sessions between January 18 and February 4 for parents who want to find out more about baby signing.

She added: "Babies under the age of two struggle to express themselves with a very limited vocabulary.

"They know exactly what they want but their ability to control their voice well enough to make themselves understood lags well behind their ability to use their hands, so the solution is simple, use sign language."

The small, informal classes will take place at Bella Natura, 36 High Street, Portishead, and will include songs, puppets and stories to keep it all fun. Holly will also be starting classes in Clevedon.

To find out more visit or call Holly on 07807 547182.

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