Gentle Post Natal Classes for New Families
Our lovely Fourth Trimester Circle was developed especially to support the first three months after birth, more commonly known as the post-natal period. We’ve extended it to include late pregnancy, too, as the circles and bonds we form around us at this time are those that tend to last for years to come.
If you haven’t come across the concept before, the Fourth Trimester is named for that slower, sleepy time after birth, which lasts for between 12 and 15 weeks. It is a very special time, when your baby gradually awakens to the world; the transition between the cocooned warmth and security of the womb, to the loving embrace and safety of your arms.
You are your baby’s everything right now. And, at this stage of infancy, touch and smell are the most developed senses. Your baby can only see for a short distance in front of them (perhaps 30 – 40 cm) and they have no control over their gross motor skills either, so little arms can flail.
Your baby simply isn’t ready for signing, just yet.
It will be months before your baby will be able to make signs back to you but you’ll be pleased to know that doesn’t mean that even very little babies can’t understand your signs from a young age, if you take things slowly.
And that’s where our gentle, developmentally appropriate, approach comes in.
Together, we will explore the signs that are most useful to you right now and why you should use them. We’ll be learning about what to expect and how to use baby signing correctly, as well as how to read your baby’s cues and clues.
Perhaps most importantly, you’ll learn how baby signing supports you in protecting your baby’s mental health, which in turn helps to build your baby’s happy brain and gives you confidence in your parenting.
We look forward to welcoming you along.
taught by experts ~ delivered with love.
Find a Fourth Trimester Circle
Our Fourth Trimester Circles are currently running online and you are welcome to join the Circle of your choice.
There is no charge for attending, but we have a gorgeous, low cost membership, full of useful resources to support your understanding of baby signing in these very early stages, should you wish to purchase it.
Fourth Trimester Circle with Anna
Anna is mummy to two little people and has led baby signing classes since 2016.
Signing has, and continues to be a key part of family life, and having had another baby in 2019, she knows just how important the fourth trimester is, as well as finding your people to parent alongside. She looks forward to welcoming you to classes soon!
More normally you’ll find Anna over at Sign With Anna.
Fourth Trimester Circle with Ioanna
Ioanna has a passion for giving children that head-start in communication that learning to sign affords, which she also practises with her twins.
Why don’t you grab a cuppa and join her? She looks forward to sharing her experience with you and always enjoys a good chat!
More normally you’ll find Ioanna over at Little Signers Club; North Wiltshire + Swindon
Fourth Trimester Circle with Jo
Jo is mummy to one and a bit little people and has led baby signing classes since 2018.
Having been through Post Natal Depression, Jo knows how important it is to find ‘your people’ and feel supported in those early days. She looks forward to meeting you and your little one soon for virtual hugs and a cuppa!
More normally you’ll find Jo over at Little Hurrahs.
Fourth Trimester Circle with Ali
Ali is mummy to two little people and started her baby signing journey after a chance conversation with a friend; nearly 10 years later her enthusiasm to share the magic of signing never fades!
Ali looks forward to meeting you and your little ones; a friendly, welcoming and safe space is waiting for you so grab your cuppa and join this wonderful online community.
More normally you’ll find Ali over at Little Signers Club; Suffolk.
baby signing Daddy, Ben.
Thank you so much.”
about Little Signers Club
Little Signers Club delivers award-winning children’s books and BSL-based baby signing classes to thousands of families across the UK, and beyond, through its network of qualified, experienced and passionate leaders.
Founded in 2010, Little Signers Club’s mission is to help families unleash their children’s potential, giving them access to pre-verbal communication, supported and enhanced speech and language development, and gentle, nurturing care as they negotiate the world of parenting.
Built on an ethos of respectful and responsive parenting, and underpinned by a developmentally appropriate framework from ICAN, the Children’s Communication Charity, Little Signers Club offers more than prescriptive sets of signs – it offers support, reassurance and friendship that sets families on course for a lifetime of love, laughter and connection.
Confidence. Connection. Community.
Leading Provider of Baby Signing Classes 2020; 4th Annual Social Care Awards | Winner: Teach Early Years Awards 2018, At the Bottom of My Garden| Most Outstanding Infant Sign Language Training Consultancy 2017; Global Excellence Awards | Bizzie Baby GOLD Award; Our Farmyard Friends, a Rhyme and Sign Adventure | Best Infant Sign Language Training Consultancy – UK; Consultancy Awards 2016 | Finalist, Whats On 4 Little Ones 2016 | Award Nominated, Mum and Working 2016 |Childcare Expo 2016, 2017 | ICAN Licensed Tutors | 5th Annual Babyroom Conference Canterbury Christ Church University | Lead Practitioners; Early Language Development Programme | Member of Neytco | Featured; BBC1, Gurgle Magazine, Junior Magazine, Parent Tribe, The Mother | Contributor; ToddlerCalm, A guide for calmer toddlers | Award Nominated, Whats On 4 Little Ones 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,2014, 2015 | Official Partner for Hello, The Year of Communication and the Communication Trust | Finalist, The Baby Show for Trade