Did you teach your baby sign language?

Jen - posted on 08/08/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have been teaching my one year old baby sign language for about 6 months now, off and on. So far, he has been slow to pick it up, but just recently he started signing "more" and "all done" when eating. Does anyone have any suggestions or comments on the best ways to teach babies sign language? What have been your experiences?

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User - posted on 08/09/2013

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ive done it with my son when he was a baby it was hard i know a lot of sign language ,, is there a reason for it ? other than for him to know it cause most people do it cause the kid wont talk,,??? i find it helpful to use words while doing sign dont give the kid something unless they show u the sign or tell you using words and showing them by doing it with others to like with a friend sign while talking can i have milk ,, or food plz dhowing the kid u use it and talk should pick it up if you need help try www.aslpro.org

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Traci - posted on 08/10/2013

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I taught my son a few signs when he was little... just simple ones that we used everyday... such as eat, drink, more, all done, and thank you... he is now almost 2 and doesn't sign them anymore because he can say them all... what I did with him is to do the sign every time I said the word or did what I was wanting him to learn... as in eat every time I would ask him if he wanted to eat I would do the sign as I was saying eat. and the same with all the other words It took him probably a month to learn them. I started at 6 months and by 8-9 months he was doing all of them and telling me when he was hungry,thirsty, ect.

Jen - posted on 08/09/2013

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I like your idea of talking to another person while using the signs. I think I'll try that with my husband.
I am teaching him sign language for three main reasons:
1. To help him communicate his wants more easily to avoid frustration. This has already come in handy at dinner time. If he is spreading around food on his tray sometimes it is because he wants something else to eat and sometimes it is because he is finished eating, and if I ask him "are you All Done or do you want More?" he will sign which one it is.
2. Teaching babies to sign has been shown (opposite to what some people believe) to help babies learn to speak. So it helps with language development.
3. It's fun! And totally cute to see a baby sign something, there's just something so cool about it.

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