sign language

Misty - posted on 03/06/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )




Is anyone else doing baby sign language with their little one? I started using just a few signs when he was four months old. He is one now and just barely learned the sign for milk (which he now does all day long). He is really behind on communicating so I really want to push sign language but all the signs seem to be too difficult for him. What signs are your babies doing, and which were easiest for them?


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Dawn - posted on 03/31/2010




My little guy goes to a home daycare, where one of the other kids is autistic and non-verbal, so they sign!

So far he's got more, eat, cookie (we say cracker), dog, please, socks, all done, and a few others.

She uses the Baby Signing Time resources, and from what I've seen, they are fairly easy for an adult to follow.

Jenny - posted on 03/30/2010




I started with my daughter when she was born. I took ASL classes at a community college so I aready had a background. We started with the common ones, more, milk, eat, drink, mom, dad. I bought the Baby Signing TIme set of four and Dilana LOVES them! They are animated with music and led by the mom of a deaf daughter.
My daughter first showed that she UNDERSTOOD more and milk at 3 months old. She made the sign for milk at about 6 1/2 months and more soon followed. She is talking well but still signs. Right now she uses: milk, more, ball, dog, eat, sock, shoes, tree, airplane, bubbles, please, thank you, bird, hat,bath, water ... there are many others that she responds to but has not yet signed back.
I bought a book titled Baby Signing 1 2 3 by Nancy Cadjan ... it talks about your child's language development and what to expect from signing. 12-18 months is when they say babies (toddlers) really take off on using signs.
Keep at it and sign every chance you get. Check out the Baby signing time website if you are interested ...
Make it fun for you and your daughter.

Shanna - posted on 03/30/2010




i have been doing some sign language with my daughters my oldest is now 3 1/2 and she would know what i was talking about but wouldn't really do it back. and my 13 month old she will do some of them like mommy, more, milk, thank you and eat. but if i sign others to her she knows what i am talking about. so they don't always have to do them back just keep trying some are harder than others and keep talking when you sign also is a big part of communication. at one year of age they really only need to know mommy daddy bottle like 4-5 things. you might think he's behind but it might just take him awhile and all of a sudden it might click but keep up the good work. You can only keep trying! :)

Miranda - posted on 03/29/2010




I started using baby sign language when my son was 6 months old. I tried "more", "please", "milk", "cereal", "cracker", "cheese", "all done", "thank you", and a few others. He still hasn't really picked up on the signs. I kind of slacked of on my consistancy with using signs with him after he turned one, because he hadn't picked up on them. I will continue to use them, and see if he suddenly starts to use them one day?

Jessica - posted on 03/28/2010




My one year old boy has about 44 signs down now, and my 3 year old had about 80 or more by the time she was 18 months and started replacing signing with speaking - the only one she still consistently does is "Please" when she really wants something, she says it and signs it - too cute.

I start consistently signing, especially at mealtimes, at 6 months when we introduce solids - every time we are goin to eat, I sign eat, every drink I sign milk, or water or juice, each bit I sign More - every time I say a work I know the sgn for, I use the sign as I talk. Food/eating signs are easiest to teach, then people and toys and animals. they usually didn't sign back consistently till about 9 months, then they started to be able to respond to a direct question - are you hungry? and if they are they would sign eat - are you tired - and they would sign naptime.....makes it alot easier to figure out why they are fussing!

feel free to send me a message if you have any questions!

here are some great free online resources for moms to learn the signs to use with the kids:



Martha - posted on 03/28/2010




My son signs More, when he wants more to eat. So I'm pretty sure he knows what he is saying. We are working on more signs with him, eat, milk, ball. But right now it is More that he really knows.

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We did/doing sign with our kids. It really helped with our first b/c he was a bit slower at babbling and we didn't want him grunting/screaming to get things. I try to be very basic when I sign (one spoken word/one sign) so they understand what the sign is for. I also take the kids hands and make the sign with them. My son ended up making up a sign for the word "Color" (thought it was very smart of him)

What your kids when they sign. I signed the word apple w/him (close fist and twist back and forth on cheeck) and he would sign it on his neck. 2 handed signs took a long time for him to do. (sign for help took MANY months for him to do all by himself). Our sitter doesn't do sign w/ the kids, so my youngest has not picked it up as quickly.

Some functional signs we used: eat, more, all done, grapes, apple, banana, milk, water, socks, shoes, hat, help, walk....

Misty - posted on 03/10/2010




It's good to know there are others out there working on this. Good point about him understanding them, I've been so focused on him not doing the signs. Now I'm motivated to do them more consistently. =) He just learned "ball" too, so I'm excited!

Paige - posted on 03/08/2010




My daughter took of with signs when she was about 10 mos old. The ones she did best with were food related- milk, stars (gerber puffs), more, drink, apple, all done. The key is to be consistent and do the sign every time s/he says the word. Also reward them when they do the sign and make a big deal out of it. My daughter got taught signs at day care too, so it was very consistent and I think that's why she picked them up so fast. Pay attention to their hands, too, because sometimes they are signing and you don't even realize it. They can't always do exactly what you are doing so they'll make their own sign.

My son has medical problems and hasn't been able to eat solid foods, so he hasn't picked up as many signs, plus his sitter doesn't do them. But he can do a few- milk, star (when he wants me to sing twinkle twinkle), all done, up (when he wants me to pick him up). Just keep signing consistently and he'll pick it up. even if he doesn't do them back I bet he is understanding when you do it.

Erika - posted on 03/07/2010




I taught my daughter how to sign "more" and she did it a couple of times, and that was pretty much it. I'm going to work on "all done' and a few more.

Hope this helps a bit.


Dawn - posted on 03/07/2010




We have been watching Baby Signing Time for a few months now and I try to incorporate many signs throughout the day, although my consistancy isn't always good. He picked up on Eat almost immediately, but would sign it all day!! He only recently started to do it when he is truly hungery. He has also started signing More and Dog, but those are not often, so I can't be sure. I am most impressed by his ablility to understand me when I sign though. I noticed a few weeks ago that he was paying closer attention to us when we spoke and has started following many voiced commands,so I tried it with signing Drink your milk.....and he did! And now he does it for eat too!! I have almost been more excited for myself though!! I have watched many of the regular Singing Time DVDs to learn everyday signs and Practice Time ABC's and 123's, for the manual alphabet and counting. I am getting better everyday so hopefully as my son gets older I will be able to help teach him better.

Alana - posted on 03/06/2010




my son only waves bye bye lol and everything else he just screams and shouts, it's so difficult for me. I started showing the sign for milk but he didn't do it, so, I asked him everytime ... do you want milk? and he looks up to me, and open his eyes really wide it's so funny, and then starts babbling like trying to say yes! I would say waving bye bye is the easiest, I don't really know this is my 1st child lol

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