Have you tried signing with your baby?

Talar - posted on 11/08/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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As our babies are really starting to interact and communicate, I was thinking about teaching my son how to use sign language. Have you tried it? What resources were helpful? Does it have any effect on verbal language development?

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Shauna - posted on 11/08/2011

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We started baby sign at 4-6 months, or so (hah! my memory already fails me) and he didn't really respond back with signs until maybe 9 months. Friends have had their kids sign earlier. Anyway, now at 13 months, he signs milk, cheese, diaper, all done, more, meat, and a few more (a few he made up, like phone). It's super, super helpful, especially since he has yet to hop on the talking bandwagon. He can express himself, and it's great for me! I still wonder what he means when he wants something he doesn't know the sign for, but when he wants milk and tells me, it's great all around. :) I do wonder if it's slowed his speech, but it could be coincidental. I was a late talker myself. And I think it's worth it even if it is the cause.

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Ursula - posted on 12/12/2011

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I started doing sign language with my girl at around 9 mos. For the next 3 or 4 mos, I used many signs with her and all I got back was one sign: "more"! I got discouraged and stopped and then one day about a month ago, she said "hoppy" and used the sign for "happy" just out of the blue! I got encouraged and started back up and recently she sort of did the sign for airplane of all things! The only thing I do know is that she is VERY verbal and can say many words already and so it seems to me she is just more verbal and less visual. But bottom line is: if you try it, don't give up!

Mandy - posted on 11/19/2011

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I go to sing and sign classes so that my son and I can learn baby sign language. I think it's brilliant! My baby always tells me when his hungry or thirsy & even does the food sign if he wants to feed the dog or hamster! He also signs duck, milk, more and where. It is suppose to help with language - duck was one of his 1st words as well as his first sign! It's a great way to communicate before they can speak.

LauraBeth - posted on 11/16/2011

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BetteAnn is very vocal, she repeats every word we say, she will answer our question, her brother on the other hand didnt really talk till he was two now 2.5 and speaks very very well) , she is way more vocal. she puts 3 word sentences together ex. want pancakes please (but sounds more like: want ancake ease) I say words all the time to them when out and about we play word game. and we do a letter, shape and color and week. I wanted to sign with them but I never got around to it, I think it is a awesome thing to know :o)

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