what do you think about teaching babies about sign language so they can communicate better?

Miranda - posted on 02/03/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My mum saw a program about sign language for babies to help communicate what they need. Is anyone doing this with there child and does it help?

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Heather - posted on 02/05/2010

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We taught my two year old some basic signs since we live with his deaf great uncle. It's been a great help since he was small. I think it prevented a lot of frustration for everyone knowing what he wanted or needed. I would definitely recommend it.

Helen - posted on 02/05/2010

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I havent done it with my child, but my sister had one of her daughter's born with a clef-palet and she had a hole int he roof of her mouth. it was fixed and closed, but when she was starting to talk she wasnt quite saying her letters the right way so my sister started teaching her some sign language to help her understand my niece better and it helped a lot. my niece caught on very quickly, which if your consistant in teaching there shouldnt be any problems.

Sammantha - posted on 02/03/2010

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We did it with our daughter but we only did the basics.. ex.. cup, diaper, milk, tired/sleepy, hungry.. you know the simple things.. It helped a lot to know what she wanted and she started talking early too.. Now my daughter is two and can say things like elephant and zero. She still uses it from time to time but she does it as she says what she wants.. We are planning on doing it with our son also after hes born..

Jessica - posted on 02/03/2010

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I think its such an awesome idea! My biggest frustration though is with myself- I haven't been consistent with teaching my almost 8 month old. A month or tow I decided to start teaching him a few basic signs, but I'd always get distracted and forget. And then feel like it was pointless to keep trying if I wasn't going to keep up with it, because consistency is so crucial to teaching them. *sigh* I can see how it would be very helpful to communicate with you child before they're able to speak though!

Jackie - posted on 02/03/2010

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I think it is great i thought my son to sign when he was a baby it made my life allot easier, once you teach one they will tech each other and it will make your life allot better

Darylann - posted on 02/03/2010

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I am just now starting, and my son is almost 9 months old. I wish I would have started sooner, but I was afraid he would have no motivation to speak if he knew how to sign. After doing some research I have read that the reality of it is the opposite. I have learned that by age two, babies who have been taught to sign actually speak more words than those who were not taught to sign. Hope this helps!
http://www.internetceomoms.com/darylannt...

Heather - posted on 02/03/2010

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I did some signing with my son and he picked it up very quickly. I think it helped cut down on tantrums and crying and the frustration of not knowing what they want. He was able to tell me what he wanted. He still uses some of the signs at age three. We are still learning some new ones but I do not use it as much as we used too.
I think it also helps with their talking. They quickly learn to say the word along with the sign. It can also be a lot of fun.

Rachel - posted on 02/03/2010

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I did the class, not sure it made much difference, but it got me out of the house and socialising with other mums. As mothers we most the time can work out what our children want, they all have their ways of showing us

Jen - posted on 02/03/2010

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I love the idea of teaching babies sign language. I'm working to teach my six month old a few basic signs like milk. I've seen other moms teach their babies sign language, and it helps babies communicate what they need. Babies can communicate through sign language much earlier than they are able to communicate verbally.

Amy - posted on 02/03/2010

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My 8 month old and I have our own signs for stuff, and it has made it easier to understand what is going on. I'm not following ASL (American Sing Language) but we are making them up as we go along. Any way would work, this is just what works best for us.

Carolyn - posted on 02/03/2010

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I have been teaching my son sign language since he was 3 months old. He is 17 months old now and can sign about 50 words. It has helped a lot and is fun too. He recognizes animals, characters, food, and is now recognizing colors. He started signing "milk" at 5 1/2 months old. It was and still is a relief to be able to understand why he's upset or what he needs. I started showing him the Baby Signing Time videos around 10 months old and he picked up the signs very quickly. He loves the videos.

Carolyn - posted on 02/03/2010

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I have been teaching my son sign language since he was 3 months old. He is 17 months old now and can sign about 50 words. It has helped a lot and is fun too. He recognizes animals, characters, food, and is now recognizing colors. He started signing "milk" at 5 1/2 months old. It was and still is a relief to be able to understand why he's upset or what he needs. I started showing him the Baby Signing Time videos around 10 months old and he picked up the signs very quickly. He loves the videos.

Carolyn - posted on 02/03/2010

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I have been teaching my son sign language since he was 3 months old. He is 17 months old now and can sign about 50 words. It has helped a lot and is fun too. He recognizes animals, characters, food, and is now recognizing colors. He started signing "milk" at 5 1/2 months old. It was and still is a relief to be able to understand why he's upset or what he needs. I started showing him the Baby Signing Time videos around 10 months old and he picked up the signs very quickly. He loves the videos.

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