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September 17th, 2009, 12:44 PM
Cheet_oh's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Hello everyone!

I didn't think I would do baby signing with my baby, but now that she's hear, I'm reconsidering. Any ideas on where I should start? How early can I start, what should I start with. Gosh I'm lost lol.


ETA: Oops, I guess I should introduce myself lol. I'm Angela, 33 and I'm married to Doug, 28. We have 4 beautiful children;

Steven 16

Sebastian 14

Yaasmina 9


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September 18th, 2009, 10:12 AM
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Hi there! I am new here too, so I wont be much help I am afraid. But I am sure one of these wonderful ladies will be around soon to give you some helpful advice!

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September 19th, 2009, 12:11 PM
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Hi and welcome! I'm Jess, and my son's name is Jonah. He is thirteen months old.

Signing is a great gift to give to your child! I'm glad that you're looking into it. Getting started is easy! Use an online video dictionary to learn the sign for a word that you use often with your child, such as milk or nurse (many people use the sign for milk or drink for bottles or breastfeeding) or "change" for diaper change etc. Everytime you say the word to your baby, sign it at the same time that you are saying it. That's it! You can add more signs as it gets to be more natural for you. You can find some great online dictionaries on our resources thread

Our FAQ has really great advice for getting started, and it has a few more details. Check it out! The ladies here are very helpful and supportive.

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September 20th, 2009, 10:46 PM
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Thanks so much ladies! Shorty, welcome to both of us then

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September 22nd, 2009, 08:06 AM
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Hi, and welcome!
My kids are widely spaced siblings also (13 months and 11 years old). I love that Ash is old enough to help with his sister, and they are already the best of friends.

Like Effervescence said, signing is easy, you just have to jump right in and get started. You can start at any time, just be aware that the younger you start, the longer it will take for her to be able to sign back since she has to develop her hand coordination first. So don't get discouraged, and remember that even if she can't sign back immediately, she will still be learning to understand the signs .

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