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Hello, my name is Heather and my son, Gordon, was born Aug 22, 2008. I have been very inconsistent with signing up to this point, but am wanting to start really working with it. I hope that I can get some good advice....
How do you make sure that you consistently remember to sign to your baby? I find myself half-way through a meal before I remember that we are trying to learn "more", or he is already in the bath before I ask "Do you want to take a BATH?"
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Welcome. Now is a great time to really start being consistant. They soak stuff up like sponges at his age. Just do your best. If he is already in the bath by the time you remember, just say "How do you like your bath?", "Are you have fun in the bath?", etc.
Hi Heather, and welcome! Our babies are very close in age; my daughter Caoimhe is only six days younger than your son.
One idea to help you remember is to grab some post-it notes, write the sign names on them, and stick them where you'll see them. For example, write EAT, MORE, and ALL DONE on one, and stick it near Gordon's highchair where you'll see it the next time he eats. You can stick one on your bathroom mirror that says BATH, DUCK, WATER, or whatever bathtime signs you want to use. That way, you'll always have a handy reminder. Once you do it consistently for a while, it will just become second nature to you.
Welcome Heather and Gordon! My son was born on August 15th 2008, so our sons are just days apart!
I agree with the above posts. If you suddenly remember that you want to work on a sign, just incorporate it into simple conversation with your son. The more you do it, the more you'll remember it the next time. It's difficult to add something to a routine, but soon the signing will become part of the routine, and soon after that it will just be natural and you'll be able to do it outside of that routine.
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