Baby Sign Language

Stephanie - posted on 12/15/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering what everyone thinks of teaching your child sign language?.. And if anyone has if it has been successful?? My son is almost 4 months, and I started teaching him "milk" & "change" about a month ago. He will get excited when I make the "milk" sign, even if I don't say the word with it.

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Alina - posted on 02/21/2011

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My younger cousin was taught sign language as a baby... He is now going to be 5 years old, and though he knows sign language very well, she often refuses to speak with words... He doesnt have any hearing or speaking disabilities, but it seems like he just prefers to use sign language... Which can be a problem, since most people dont...

Beth - posted on 01/26/2011

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My daughter is eight months and she does the same thing when I sign things like mom and dad to her. I have heard from other moms that sign worked for their babies around 9 months......

ANN - posted on 12/31/2010

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well i didn't know that i was teaching her sign language but when shakes her feeder in front of her she is super excited knowing milk is on the way...............lol

Kunang - posted on 12/25/2010

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I've started teaching my now 4 month old "milk" about 2 weeks ago. She also gets excited when I make the sign. If you also have an iPhone theres a really good app called Smart Hands which is like a dictionary with quite a few words and video of the words as well. If your already seeing signs of him responding, stick with it, I'm sure it'll work. Persistence is key!

Britany - posted on 12/22/2010

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I did baby sign language with my first child and as soon as he could start signing much of his crying stopped. Rather than cry to tell me he was hungry he would sign it to me. I could tell it eased a lot of frustration because he could communicate what he wanted and I wasn't always guessing and trying to figure out what he was trying to tell me. He was a much happier baby. I now have a four month old and I am beginning to teach him sign language. He is starting to catch on. He understands the milk sign and smiles when he sees it. When he is older he will be able to sign back to me, but for now he just smiles as if to tell me yes, that is what I want.

Emily - posted on 12/19/2010

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I taught my two year old sign language via baby signing time videos. It really helped him express his feelings and needs at a time when he could not speak well. We started watching the videos at about three months old but he did not start signing until he was about five/six months old. Now he speaks and signs. It is a wonderful language for the whole family to learn together. We have another son who is three and a half months old and we have stared watching the videos with him and his older brother loves to show him the signs. It is wonderful.

Lacyn - posted on 12/15/2010

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I've got some books and things but never got into it with my daughter, whose now 22 months old. There's been alot of great reviews for it however! My problem is having to read it and learn it to teach it. I myself would have more success with it if it were on a dvd. I learn easier actually seeing how to do it and having hands on training. It sounds like your son is getting it though! Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 12/15/2010

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Yeah, I don't know all the letters & stuff, but I bought a baby einstein 'babie's first signs' dvd for christmas... & that has like 30 or more everyday words for baby on it. I basically bought it, because I hardly know any signs.. but it seems pretty easy to learn a few words at a time

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They say that children learn the fastest when there young and what youre trying to teach them is apart of their daily life. Not only would sign language help him now since he is unable to talk and completely communicate what he wants too but he will always have that skill even when older. In this day and age extra skills look good on job applications and sign language is such a wonderful skill that most people dont have. My friend and I were just talking about this last night... she is talking sign language right now and she says that there are tons of jobs asking for people who can sign and are paying really good money since its such its not a language most people can do.

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