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Welcome! I always just decided on a sign to teach (our first one was milk) and then said it whenever it was relevant and signed it. For example, I would sign milk and say "Do you want milk" and then while breastfeeding or giving her a bottle I would repeat it several times by saying "Is that good milk"and signing milk, etc.
If I don't know the sign for a specific word I want to teach, I look it up here. ASL Browser
Right now is the perfect time to start with Fletcher.
My daughter started signing back just before she turned 9 months old and really started picking things up quickly once she turned 12 months. It has been really helpful that she can communicate even though she can't verbally say the word yet. She now knows 20+ signs and 20+ verbal words.
The ladies on this board are very helpful, so if you have any questions about anything feel free to ask away. Like Effervescence said, there are also a lot of resources and links here to get you started. But the easiest way, I think, is to just jump in and start signing. My personal favorite online dictionary is Signing Savvy: Your Sign Language Resource.
Repetition is important, so get in the habit of signing each time you say the word (and make sure you actually say the word, don't just sign it). You can add a new sign or two anytime you feel comfortable with it. If you don't see immediate results, don't give up - it usually takes a few months before young babies produce their first signs. The first thing that I noticed was that Kiki paid a lot more attention to my hands as she began to understand that the hand movements actually meant something, and then her first sign came soon after that. Good luck!
Good questions Kim I just came here to check out the baby signing board and saw that you asked all the questions i had! I think I will start with milk too since that is what our little ones care the most about
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