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Early encouragement!

Erin - posted on 07/26/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I just had my first child on June 1st, and have known since I first heard about baby sign language that it would be something I would want to try with my kid. We picked up a couple books of signs and flipped through them a bit. When Nia was born I picked out a few that I figured we would use often and thought I would start with those. We picked: "mom", "dad", "diaper" "change", "love", "more" and "milk"
we've added a couple now (at almost 2 months old): "wet" and "dirty" to go with the "diaper", "beautiful" (cause I tell her she is all the time), "baby", and "finished".

Over the last two or three weeks she has really started staying awake a lot longer and is much more alert and aware, although she always has been a fairly alert baby. The other day I was holding her in my lap facing me and she started waving her hands in front of her, it looked like she was trying to sign milk. I know she's still so young so I felt like it probably wasn't on purpose but regardless I asked her "do you want some milk?" and I signed "milk". She started freaking out, getting really excited, eating her hands, and sticking her tongue out like she does when she's hungry.

A day or two later I was telling Nana and Grandma the story and she saw me signing "milk" and again she got really excited and started eating her hands and sticking her tongue out, so I offered her a boob (while signing milk) and sure enough she was more than happy to take it.

I am amazed that she seemed to learn it so fast!! Although it is just the one so far, her favorite activity lol. Honestly with pretty much all the other signs we're working with so far she barely even pays attention and looks at me while I sign them. But still I'm stoked with the one :D

The sign may have looked just like flailing hands in the air and needs a lot of refinement with time, but I am sure she definitely understands it.

Yay! I'm so glad I decided on baby signing!

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Eleanor - posted on 06/13/2011

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yeah one thing at a time, good thinking mom! I tried spanish and got totally confused.

Kimberly - posted on 06/13/2011

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lol yeah i understand that. i just want him to learn to sign and to speak a different launguage but that means i have to learn to lol i was thinking spanish its the easiest for me to learn and to teach but i just dont want to throw to much at him at one time. i have always believed one thing at a time lol

Eleanor - posted on 06/13/2011

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Oh yes consistancy, that it is the hard part, you will get it and so wont he.

Kimberly - posted on 06/13/2011

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i keep forgetting sometimes there is still not consistancy lol i am still learning that too that i have to do it every time

Eleanor - posted on 06/13/2011

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Kimberly,
It is never to late to start teaching him sign, he will pick it up just like as if you where trying to teach anything else in life. signing is one of those things that wen they figure it out, they will keep using it. start with one like eat. everytime you feed him, wether it be nursing or anything he eats give him the sign eat. He will watch you and eventually he will start to get excited when he sees you sign it.Just like he probably does now when he sees walk in the room. Then he will start doing it to you and if he gets fed when he signs eat he learns that it works, and he will do it again.

Kimberly - posted on 06/13/2011

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i feel like i am starting to late my son is nine months old and i have to teach him please since i am nursing still he trys to nurse from other woman lol

Eleanor - posted on 08/16/2010

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That Sounds Like She Is comprehending the sign for milk very much, When I started signing to my daughter, I just Signed one or 2 words at a time until she started signing them back to me. Then I added words to her vocabulary each time she mastered on or two. Keep Up the good work!!!!!

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