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Hi ladies! My name is Andrea. My DD Lilyana is 2 months old. I have always wanted to start signing with her and planned on it through my whole pregnancy. Now that I can finally take a breath (and a nap!) I want to get started!
So....where do I start? I do know a couple of basic signs (milk, eat, all done, thank you). Do I just start with these? Is there a good resource I should use to learn more?
I think when DD is older I will get a Baby Einstein video or something like that, but right now she's too young. I figure if DH and I just use the signs she will start to pick things up.
If you already know some signs and are comfortable using them, then I think that's awesome and you should definitely start from there. It's really very simple. Children learn sign language the same way that they learn spoken language. So, every time that you have a chance, say the word in context and sign when you say it. Just like if you talk to a child about one particular object a lot, she would learn the name of that object early on the same goes for signing. Does that make any sense? Tell me if I'm not making sense because sometimes an idea gets stuck in my head and comes out as gobledyguk LOL
Since you already know some of the first signs, you could think of what else you'd like to add. A great book is Signing for Dummies. It has a lot of useful signs in it, as well as some great tips. My library has a couple copies of it, and it's a pretty small library so I'm thinking it would be available at other libraries fairly easily.
Also, check out our resources sticky (Baby Signing Resources). It is chock full of great websites, products, articles, blogs, and online dictionaries, most of them with videos of how to do the signs (the pictures are so confusing sometimes)
and our FAQ sticky also has a lot of great tips for getting started, compiled from all of the wonderful advice that I got from ladies on this very board!
Welcome again! Please jump in on any of the conversations, or post any questions you have. I look forward to learning more about you and your little one!
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Ditto to what Jess said! Be consistent, start with words you already know ones that you will use often so that you sign them often, sign them each and every time. Get dh on board and have him sign them too it makes it easier. Some guys don't want to, they think its a waste of time but as soon as my husband saw him make a sign that he knew what it was he was so excited for him and is a little bit more engaging.