Baby Sign Language

Lauralee - posted on 05/03/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Do any of you use sign language to help your babies communicate? My 16 month old boy knows about 25 signs. I love that he can tell me what he wants and doesn't have to cry and throw a fit to get what he wants/needs. We use the Signing Time DVDs. What are your thoughts/experiences/ideas?

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Alyssa - posted on 05/11/2009

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I started signing with my daughter when she was six months old. At seven months old she could sign light and bottle. Today I can't even count how many signs she knows. I was on the verge of quiting signing to her when she was about 8 months because she had not picked up anymore signs (it took her until ten months to pick up more signs beyond the two she picked up at 7 months) however, I am really glad that I continued signing with her, as I definitely think it has helped her verbal skills. She has a whole host of words, those that correspond to her signs and many beyond her signs. People always ask me if she is two years old because she is so verbal. Signing with her has definitely paid off.

Cathy - posted on 05/06/2009

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We've been signing with Maddy since she was about 6 months old. She started signing back by 10 months, and now at 17 months I can't even count the number of signs she knows. It has not only helped her communicate better with us, but it has enlarged her actual vocabulary. She tried to say most of the words that she signs and she can say so many more words than expected at this age. I also use the Signing Time ones, but I use the Baby Signing Time DVD's. She just loves them. SHe will wake up in the morning, walk to the tv, and say and sign baby. She will sit for the whole 25 min and watch and listen. I don't mind her watching a few times a day because it's educational. I plan on continuing to teach her even more signs, even as she continues to talk. I think it's a great skill to have. Maddy is my first child and I plan to sign with any other children I may have in the future.

Tracey - posted on 05/06/2009

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We've been doing signs with our daughter since she was about 9 months. This is our 3rd child and the only one we've done signs with, and not to say that our other kids were bad, but she is much easier and more pleasant to take in public, since she is able to communicate what she needs. It's the best thing we've ever done.

Darlene - posted on 05/04/2009

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I did some signs with the littel girl I watch and my son picked them up from her. The only ones he uses consistently are more and please, although he now speaks as he signs. He talked a lot earlier than she did. Trying to keep up I guess!!

Jen - posted on 05/04/2009

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My daughter does a few signs. I tried at 6 months, but she didn't understand so I tried again at 12 months when she started talking. I've only taught her please and more. I also make her say the word and sign. At one point I tried to teach her milk, but she started using it as "give me that" so we stopped that one. We're trying to get her to do thank you, but she still doesn't have the full concept of thank you down yet so she just repeats it when we tell her to say thank you. She also just started doing all done the other day. I don't use signing as her primary form of communication, but I do try to teach her words that she already knows.

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