baby sign language

Jaime - posted on 12/27/2008 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My baby boy was born on August 3rd of this year. I have 6 other children & this year I started to teach my 1 yr old baby signing. I plan to start Luke out in 2 months when he is 6 months old. Does anyone else do this?

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Melody - posted on 01/09/2009

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There are good board books by Lora Heller with photos of toddlers signing- we read those and I sign a few basic words to him when I say them. I recently heard that many kids learn faster if you move their hands for them as you say the words.

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Everyone has their own ideas as to when to start. Many people start from day one some at age 1. All I can suggest is to be consistant and make sure that everyone is on the same page and doing the process the same, your baby will sign back at their own pace.

Jaime - posted on 01/02/2009

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A lot of the information I have read says to start at 6 months of age, even if your baby doesn't start to sign back until 8-12 months. In the Complete Idiot's Guide to Baby Sign Language it says that most babies begin to make associations around 6-7 months of age, that it is around that time that they begin to understand that vocalizing gives them power.

It also gives some tips on how you will know when your baby is ready to start learning sign. They are:

*Does your baby look at you intently when you speak
*When your baby drops a toy or other object, does he look to see where it went
*Does your baby seem really curious, turns his head to see what is goin on around him
*When picking up an object, does you rbaby look at you quizzically like he is asking for mor einformation
*Does he point to objects he wants
*Is he already gesturing on his own, like reaching to be picked up or waving bye bye
*Can he imitate actions or gestures

It says if you answered yes to 5 out of 7 questions then it is time to start signing with your baby.

I really do recommend The Complete Idiot's Guie to Baby Sign Language. There is a lot of imformation & it is really helpful!

Amy - posted on 01/02/2009

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My sister taught her daughter sign. She has found it very helpful & I plan to start with my daughter in a couple of months. You think that 6 months is the right age the start?

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we started signing about 2 weeks ago. We started with "all done." Ryan is starting to do the sign when he is prompted. I will probably start "milk" on monday. Good luck to ya!

Sarah - posted on 12/29/2008

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I have a friend who signs the basics with her kids and it works really well. I've just started with my son who's 4 months old. There's a really good kid video out there called "Baby Sign Time". It might make a good investment if you want to try sign language.

Jaime - posted on 12/29/2008

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I have found it to ease the frustration Tommy (my one yr old) had when trying to let me know he wanted something. We just started this recently so right now he does the signs for milk, more & please. I really did not know a lot about it until after I had Luke. I plan to start him out earlier.

Jessica - posted on 12/29/2008

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I think that baby sign language is great. I taught it to first child and I plan to start using it with my baby boy starting next month.

Jaime - posted on 12/29/2008

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That is what I am working on, daily things. There is a really good book out : The Complete Idiot's Guide to Baby Signing.

Kiyomi - posted on 12/29/2008

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I am not sure what is considered baby signing, but I have been signing different words with my DD born Aug 5, since she was a couple weeks old. I have seen and heard that babies that see signing consistently from a very young age (birth is preferable) will actually begin signing before they begin talking. So I sign toilet, hungry, mad, happy, hungry, food, etc. Basically signs that I know she can use daily when she is older.

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