When did your baby sign back??

Molly - posted on 03/01/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )




I would like to teach my daughter the 'baby sign language' but Im not sure what age to start?? She is 6 months old and I show her signs when I think about it but when should I start doing it everytime I say the word, and to get the Daddy to do the same?? At what age did your child start signing back?


Medic - posted on 03/04/2011




I signed with my now four year old and by 10 months he could do the easy things....more, hungry, sleepy, mom, dad, drink....my daughter now 13 months NEVER would sign back.

Tyrae - posted on 03/04/2011




I've started already with my 3.5 month old daughter. She watches my hands and mouth, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to start now. I've been showing her signs for diaper change, and for milk right now. I'll up the amount when she's at 6 months. You have to do it everytime that you are doing the action and saying the word.


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JuLeah - posted on 03/04/2011




My girl was signing back by 5 months or so, but I used verbal communication with her more. Folks I know who don't speak, but sign as their primary means of communication ... their kids are signing back by 3 months or so, having 'conversations' with their parents by 6 months.

Alecia - posted on 03/04/2011




i started my daughter when she was 5 mnths old with signs like 'eat', 'all done', 'drink' when i started her on solids. it took a month or 2 for her to get that the sign meant something and then another month before she would do them to let me know thats what she wanted. my daughter is 17 mnths now and is very good about telling us when she wants to eat, drink, play, sleep, etc. she also knows the signs for baby, hide, snow and rain. and i didnt use "baby sign" i just used the signs from ASL (pretty much the same anyway). i love that i taught her some important signs and now with working on saying words, we are also going to teach her more sign. its such a very useful thing to know. i worked with a girl once that was deaf and i was about the only in the entire store that knew any sign. i didnt know lots, but she was understanding and very pleased to have someone that could communicate her way. and my ASL teacher in college was an amazing person and instilled a love of sign language in me, so hoping to pass it no to my daughter.

Kaitlyn - posted on 03/01/2011




Sorry, forgot to add, that yes Daddy should do it to. Even my 3 y/o does the signs to my DD. Repetition is key, so the more it is done, the better she will pick it up.

Kaitlyn - posted on 03/01/2011




Yes, start now. She is watching and listening to every movement and word you make. I taught my son sign and am currently teaching my DD. I started at 6 months with both, doing the signs I wanted them to learn the most, plus a few fun ones. Both of them signed their first sign back to me @ 10 months. My daughter is currently 10 months so she just started using the signs for "dog" (because we have a dog) and the sign for "more" to let me know she wants more food. It is the cutest thing ever and such a great tool to help ease frustrations and generate stress free communication. Definitely start doing and saying any signs you want her to learn now and in time she will start doing them back to you. Have fun!

Katherine - posted on 03/01/2011




6 months is the perfect age to start. It usually takes a few months for them to sign back. You do the movements with them too, but you have to be diligent. I taught the important ones: hungry, thirsty, tired, what hurts?, then the others like Mommy and Daddy.

It's fun when they sign back.

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