sign with your baby?
with baby earlier: Babies who sign can
communicate their needs sooner because they can communicate
before they are capable of talking. This is particularly
helpful for children who have speech and language
delays. Some kids do not begin talking till they are
two years old or older; therefore, baby signing gives
them a way to communicate their needs.
Decreases baby's frustration and mom's:
Some researchers believe that babies
may cry, have tantrums or bite because they are frustrated
and cannot communicate their needs. Have you ever
been around a crying baby and just wanted to say "what
do you want!" because you can't figure out what the
problem is? Teaching your baby to communicate with
signs or gestures will help her express her needs
and hopefully lead to less frustration for mom and
Helps your baby learn to talk: Many
parents and skeptics are concerned that baby signing
will delay talking or discourage a baby from using
words to communicate. According to a long-term study
conducted at the University of California and funded
by the National Institute of Health, babies who use
signing have an easier time learning to talk. (source
May help your child to communicate with
the deaf community: If you choose to
use American or British sign language, baby signing
is a good introductory course for learning traditional
sign language. Of course, baby signing is rudimentary
and does not teach the sentence structure for American
or British sign language but if you would like to
pursue further studies in sign language this will
Helps baby to communicate with siblings:
Teaching your entire family to use baby signs will
help siblings to bond and get along better. Big brothers
or sisters usually like being involved with teaching
their younger sibling to sign. It helps them feel
connected and to communicate with each other.
Improves bond between mom and baby:
Seeing your baby sign her first word is so exciting.
Baby signing gives mom and baby a special way to talk
to each other.
Its fun: Why not teach your baby to sign? Its fun!
Two: Getting Started Baby Signing