Baby Sign Language
Tricia - posted on 08/14/2010
i have been working with my baby since she was two months old and she is almost 10 months now. she will sign hi and milk and drink. sometimes food or ball but it she does seem to understand a lot more then she will do. her favorite thing to watch right now is a show called signing time. i believe you can get 1-6 on Amazon
Rachel - posted on 08/09/2010
I started on signs with my youngest about a month or two ago and he has his own way of doing more cause he still isn't all that coordinated. I love the baby signs and did them with my twins and it really helped them stay calm which was helpful since my hubby was off doing Army training and I was middle of no where NC mountains with no fam or friends. I stopped doing signs with my twins for a bit cause we want to encourage talking and not the twin talk but am going to pick it back up. Defiantly keep up with the signs. you and your little one will be less stressed.
Melissa - posted on 08/03/2010
I signed with my older daughter and she took to it really well. Now I'm signing with my 10 month old, who has been doing a couple of signs for the past 3 to 4 weeks or so. It's great b/c whenever she signs something to me she gets this huge smile on her face. She knows she's doing something with purpose and it seems to just tickle her. So cute! Anyway, even if they can't exactly sign yet, they are still getting so much benefit from it. I think that more people should sign with their babies. I've also know older kids (2 or 3 year olds) who signed as a baby and will still remember it. Pretty great... kids are so much smarter than they get credit for!
Lacey - posted on 08/03/2010
I am also trying, and I think it is successful! Although my 9 month old doesn't sign back yet, he responds to 'milk' by crawling over to me and opening his mouth! Here is a super website that is free, and shows a video with its dictionary, along with adorable little ones signing! Have fun!
My daughter Sofie is 9 months and I've been signing to her for about 3 months. (Mommy, Daddy, Cat, Bath, Eat, All done, Potty, Plane (we live by a private airport)) I think she has signed "all done", but most importantly, she understands what I am signing. And yes it is very important to always say the word when signing, and eventually we won't have to sign, that will be all up to them!
I think I'll start working on feelings (Happy, Sad, Cold, Hot..). I feel that they are very important. The reason for the term "terrible twos" is because toddlers have so much to say, but have a difficult time communicating! Baby signs can really help them to avoid all of that frustration and really take some stress off of mom and dad. Keep it up! You are really doing a good deed for your baby and your entire family! Get grandma and grandpa on board, too.
Oh, and Sofie says "cat". It's so cute :) Just wanted to share that :)
Jackie - posted on 07/29/2010
i taught both my older two boys baby sign. I loved it and my oldest was great at it. I thought it was great that we could communicate with our child eventho he could not speak yet. However you do have to say the word all the time when you sign so that they dont become completely dependent on signing and not start to talk
Fiona - posted on 07/28/2010
I use the signs for 'finished' and 'more' when having solids. She copies the finished sign whenever I do it, started doing that a few weeks ago (just before 9 months). She eats a lot, so I need to use the finished sign to tell her that we have run out of food. Yesterday, for the first time, she used the finished sign to tell me she had had enough, then again for the first time, didn't open her mouth for more! (She has never refused food before now and has eaten till vomiting a couple of times - not all babies refuse food when full, I have learnt! haha)
But she is not crawling - not even close. So has been working on her communication and language skills a lot. This is her thing, it seems! haha. I will have a while to wait for crawling i think! So if your little one isn't signing yet, they will get it one day, I'm sure!
I've been doing a few signs with my daughter for the last 2 months or so. She understands 'milk' and 'eat' but hasn't done the signs back yet. I think this is totally normal, as at 9 months she still doesn't have the coordination or dexterity. I worked at a daycare before going on maternity leave and we did some sign there with the children. It was awesome and really helped with the non verbal children's frustration levels. Keep it up Sara, when your little one is physically able to use it, I'm sure it will be helpful (as well as super cute!) for both of you :)
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