Baby sign language...how, when, and did it work?

Justine - posted on 07/26/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Has anyone had success with teaching your baby sign language? What age did you start, when did they start signing back, what techniques did you use, and what words did they sign the most?

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Crystal - posted on 07/27/2009

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I began signing with her very early, using the signs for milk, mom, dad, kitty, eat..

She began recognizing the signs months before she signed her first "milk" at 11 months. She was crying and crying and I didn't think she could be hungry, then finally she looked up at me with her tear-streaked face and signed it!

She is a very verbal girl and our signing has fallen by the wayside as her vocabulary explodes. But I DEFINITELY recommend signing, you can go here to learn more:

http://mysmarthands.com/Site/Baby_Sign_L...

And watch the video of the 12 month old girl signing!! So cute!!

Jen - posted on 07/27/2009

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I tried with my daughter at 6 months and she didn't really pick up on it so I decided to wait until she was a little older. I tried again at 11 months after she said her first word and she learned "more" in a day. We tried "milk" but she started using it as "give me" so we stopped using that one. I found it easier to teach words that she was already starting to comprehend. She only signs "more" and "please" regularly, but I'm sure she would do more if I had time to teach her, but she's talking up a storm so we don't really sign a lot. I do recommend it though. It's a great form of communication.

Stephanie - posted on 07/27/2009

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I started teaching my daughter sign before she turned one. I started with the word please and i would sign it then help her sign it then give her what she wanted. and eventually she picked up that word. After that i started teaching her a word at a time so that when she wanted something she would just sign it and it helped her be a lot less frustrated for not being able to talk yet. we could communicate; it was really nice.

Ceilidh - posted on 07/27/2009

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my husband and I both use ASL where we work & plan on teaching our daughter it when she's born ... I have quite a few friends/co workers with young children who started teaching them at an early age and their children were very quick to pick up on it.



the approach i have seen taken most has been just signing while talking & not neccecerily "teaching" it ... kids pick up on it pretty quick! especially when its signs for things they enjoy.



even if its just basics like please, thankyou, more, eat, play, movie etc etc ... i have heard though that sometimes children who are taught ASL take a bit longer to use their words because they already have an effective means of communication without having to.



personally though, i am happy that i know it & i think its a good thing to know ... best of luck!

Jacquelyn - posted on 07/26/2009

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yeah it works kael signs back, its helps that whoever your child care provider is does it aswell and any one who is in constant daily contact, should sign with him.

the earlier you start the better.

Vicki - posted on 07/26/2009

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I've been signing with my son. He is 7 months old now, and recognizes his favorites- milk, eat, more, bath, water, stroll. He isn't signing back yet, but he is very responsive.

Michelle - posted on 07/26/2009

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I use a few signs with my son, I started just before he was 2 as he was not talking much. I looked them up on the net. I use more, milk, water, please, thank -you, help, open, on , in, off, and now we are trying toilet.

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