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Hi my name is Kim and I have 3 dds. Ally is my youngest at 12.5 months, and she's the only one I've done signing with. I just started about a week and a half ago and within the first day she could already sign milk (she's BFing). I've been trying to teach her "more", "eat", "drink", "all done". So whenever she is doing one of those things I try to sign, but then she just smiles and does the milk sign for everything. Should I just try one at a time? Any tips?
I would just keep using the signs during their appropriate time, and really emphasize them. If she'll let you, try shaping her hands into the signs after you sign them. That may help her to know that the way she is putting her hands means different things. If she signs milk, just say, "no, not milk. Eat!" and emphasize the sign for eat etc. Something that helped with Jonah learning the appropriate time to sign milk was that every time he signed milk, I gave him his milk. That may not be so easy for you to nurse her every time she signs it, but it would help her realize that when she does that ,she gets milk/nursing, so she'll learn to use it when she wants to nurse rather than for various things that are not milk. It sounds like she is very proud of herself for learning milk, and likes the reaction she got for it. Which is a good thing! She'll pick up on the others soon
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