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September 21st, 2009, 04:04 PM
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Hello everyone,

I am new to baby signing and would like to start with my 7 month (4 month adjusted) son and 2 year old daughter. I would like to work on Eat first but have no clue how to. I was also wondering what other signs would be good to start out with. Thanks!
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September 22nd, 2009, 07:50 AM
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Hi, and welcome!

If you need a way to learn the signs, there are a lot of signing resources in the forum stickies, but I always send people to Signing Savvy | ASL Sign Language Video Dictionary since it is my personal favorite. The signs that we started with were Milk and All Done. Signing is easy, you just add the sign whenever you say the word. So when you give Jacob his milk, say "Here is your Milk" and do the sign for milk. You can add the signs into any conversation you have with him:

"Isn't that some yummy Milk? (do the sign)"
"Are you All Done? (do the sign)"
"Jacob is All Done (sign) with his Milk! (sign)"

Always use the word and sign together, and use a lot of repetition. Start with just a few words, so they are easy to remember. You can also use your hands to guide his hands into making the sign himself if he will let you (my baby wouldn't allow it, lol). Be on the lookout for chances to use the sign as often as possible, since that will offer them the most chances to learn it. And remember to make learning fun!

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. The ladies here are wonderful and we're all happy to help. Good luck with your signing!

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September 22nd, 2009, 07:28 PM
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Hi and welcome!
The above post has everything that I was going to say about signing, so I will just introduce myself! I'm Jess, Mommy to Jonah who is thirteen months and a new little one who will be here in May. I cannot tell you how helpful baby signing has been for me, both with my son and the children that I used to care for. It's been invaluable, and I can't imagine life without it at this point! I hope that you and your son enjoy it as much as my family has been!

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