Communication

How to Use Sign Language With Your Baby

how to use sign language with your baby

I love sign language! I wish I could sign fluently, I think it’s such a beautiful form of communicating. My hubby and I have used sign language with our babies in order to communicate with them earlier than when they can speak. It has been such a fun experience! My oldest son was an early talker, so he didn’t use sign all that much. My second son has been quieter, so he has used more sign; and it has actually helped us understand him many times when we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to.

These are the words/phrases we have used consistently in ASL with our babies:

-More (this has been the most helpful!)

-All done

-Please

-Mama

-Dada

-Milk

-Water

-Eat

-Thank You

My oldest son has even loved learning ASL words as he’s gotten older- he thinks sign language is fun!

 

Benefits of Teaching Your Baby Sign Language

To quote an article from Psych Central:

  • “The ability to sign basic words could prove helpful in boosting communication and providing a ‘bridge to the spoken word.’ It may also facilitate the acquisition of verbal and written forms of communication later on.

“Infants who learn baby sign language also are thought to gain psychological benefits, such as improved confidence and self-esteem. Feelings of anger due to an inability to communicate may not occur as often. Having the ability to sign could be a lifesaver when a child is too distraught to speak clearly.”

  • Encourages communication rather than just fussing
  • It’s fun to see your baby learn something very directly hands-on!

 

How to Teach It

Babies are naturals at learning language, so simply using the signs in front of them will teach them how to use it. When you use a sign, say the word that goes along with it. I felt so excited when each of my babies used a sign for the first time to communicate something they wanted!

 

Where to start:

Here’s an awesome website to help you get started with baby sign language!

http://www.babysignlanguage.com/

 

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