Baby Signing!

I think now is the time to start teaching my son baby signs.  For anyone not familiar, baby signing is not for the hearing impaired.  It is a way to babies to learn language when they are still incapable of speech.  Their brains understand but they are still too young to vocalize.

I am actually clueless on where to start.  I have not purchased any books or DVD’s.  We received a Baby Einstein DVD but it isn’t something that is going to teach my son signs.  I will be the one teaching.

The first sign I am going to show him will be milk.  I have chosen this since he naturally makes this sign while nursing.  He opens and closes his hands as he eats.  It is adorable.  I am kicking myself for not starting this sooner.  I honestly thought it was too early.  But now that I am finally researching it I should have started showing him signs earlier.  He will still be able to learn of course.

As soon as he signs himself you better believe I will post a video.  For now he can watch me sign and hopefully connect the signs to the action.


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  • I wouldn’t worry about it. I have signed with a few of my kids and it takes a while for them to pick it up even if you start early. I signed with Brandon after having to deal with speech delays with Angie. Brandon was speech delayed as well and the signing really helped us to communicate. He had a way to let me know when he was hungry. The signs I taught first were more and drink. It’s been a while since I signed so I don’t remember all of the ones we used now. Also, when they start signing there is a good chance they won’t look like what you sign. I remember working with Brandon for months before he finally signed something back. I didn’t actually realize he was signing at first because he wasn’t doing it right. The point isn’t that they copy you exactly but just that they put a sign together with a meaning.

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    Sweet Dakota Sky

    I already knew American Sign Language before my daughter was born, so that is what we taught her as opposed to the modified baby signs. A good place to start may be to even google ASL signs for “milk” and “more:, a lot of sites will have videos on how to sign it! This will help you get used to singing it so you can teach your baby.

    As for videos, I have to recommend Signing Times. They can be expensive, but they are awesome!