Sign Language

Andrea - posted on 12/27/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Do you think its a good idea to teach your 7 month old baby sign language?

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Steffanie - posted on 12/28/2009

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I used basic signs with my daughter, and also said the words at the same time. She is two now, and still uses the basic signs and talks normally. It really helped sut down on her frustration.

Chivell - posted on 12/27/2009

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I think it's a good idea. I do the alphabet in sign language to my son :D But i only know basic sign language, Goodluck

Jodi - posted on 12/27/2009

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We started my daughter on signing when she was 7months old. It has been GREAT! She can't speak yet, but she can tell us when she wants to eat, if she wants more of something, if she wants a toy and if she's thirsty! All in just 2 and a half months time! Studies have also shown that babies who learn to sign have better vocabularies and grasp of language! I think it's an excellent idea!

Andrea - posted on 12/27/2009

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Sign language and infant potty training are the two things I KNEW I would do even when I was just pregnant. Communication is key - just make sure to use the words too.

Simone - posted on 12/27/2009

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hi, i'm thinking of doing this same thing with my daughter, she's 4 months now so i'm thinking on starting her very soon. i thinks it's a great idea, i can't wait to start. you shold do some rescearh online and start the basic thing from now.

Chelsea - posted on 12/27/2009

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most abues dont sign back till 9 months or older but the longer you sign to them the fast they will pick up the signs when they are able to physically sign them

Trisha - posted on 12/27/2009

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I think its a great idea I do it with my children. Its less stress on you and your child if you know what your child wants they can communicate with you better and they get less frusterated! start with a few simple everyday ones, but say the word as well and then when they start talking they will be able to say the word and do the action! My girls started with all done, more, milk, bath, please, thank you and we just used those because by that time they were able to talk and say other words!

Marketa - posted on 12/27/2009

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I think it's a very good idea because I used this myself with my kids. They aren't delayed or anything, but I used it so that I'd know what they needed before they were able to speak well. It helped me out so much. When they would cry I would ask them to "show" me what they wanted and it was a relief when they were able to sign just what they wanted at the time. I used "Baby Signing Time". It plays on replay and my kids watched it over and over and loved it. They giggled when I was able to "talk" to them without actually saying anything and show I knew what the signs meant.

Jem - posted on 12/27/2009

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I started showing all my kids simple sign language as soon as they were able to keep their eyes open and focused long enough, and it's one of the best things I did and still do. In my experience it has reduced tantrums caused by an inability to communicate verbally, and would recommend to everyone to teach some simple stuff. It doesn't have to be officially recognised signs, as long as you and the people coming into contact with your baby/ child know what the signs mean you can make up your own signs but keep it consistent and they will soon pick it up

Jacquelyn - posted on 12/27/2009

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it's always a good idea to teach your child to comunicate... just make sure to also incourage him/her to speak as well that way they don't rely on the sign language to get their point across. I also recommend getting You're Baby Can... Read books and videos because I started my son on those maybe 2-3 months ago and he's 18 months old and almost fully reading. It's also promoting him to be more extraverted and talk more.

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I do think it's a good idea. my youngest son was developmentaly delayed so as soon as he got into therapy we started learning sign language. And think of it as a second language- your child will be bilingual! I've recently done some studying into children's learning patterns- now is the best time for your little one to start on different languages. I could get into all that I've read but basically by the time the child turns 5 the ability to learn(easily) a new language is drastically reduced. For example if someone's primary language is japanese but wants to learn english, he or she won't be able to produce all the sounds because their brain doesn't 'hear' them. Like an L and S sound the same to them. It's like our brains get so focused on our primary language it shuts out everything else. A young child hears everything and can process it all but because of the language spoken in the home the child weans out all the sounds not heard in the home and kinda forgets about them. I would take advantage of your child's developement potential now so you can give the best potential life possible.

Stephany - posted on 12/27/2009

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We use sign language with my oldest (2yrs) because she's delayed in speech. We started teaching her about the time she was a year or so, but I've heard of moms teaching their 4 month olds. Whether or not your baby actually picks up on something at 7 months old doesn't mean you should stop doing it. It's all about consistency and sooner or later (if you repeat it enough), your child will too.

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