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April 2nd, 2010, 09:23 PM
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We were doing great. It seems now he is not using the milk sign like he was. I may get it once or 2 times a day. I am wondering if this is due to the fact that we are incorporating food and I give him milk after he eats? But I only give him solids about 1x/day. Or could it be because I am teaching new signs?

Is this normal?
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April 2nd, 2010, 09:28 PM
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I think it must be pretty normal. Rebecca learns a new sign or two, and all of a sudden she drops nearly everything else for a few days and then starts using other signs again. For instance, she learned the sign for key, and then EVERYTHING was key for almost a week. We kept having to remind her to use the correct signs for the thing she was actually wanting. It's probably pretty similar to how toddlers will walk around saying "ba-ba-ba-ba-ba" or "da-da-da-da-da" ALLL DAY. They find a favourite and use it all the time, and then when it's no longer super interesting, they just use it when they need it.
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April 3rd, 2010, 09:21 AM
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Bella stopped signing "more" since she learned "please". I think its pretty normal.
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April 3rd, 2010, 08:35 PM
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It's also pretty normal for them to temporarily drop signs if they are learning a new skill elsewhere in development. So if he is learning to eat solid foods, sit up on his own, etc, then he might not use signs as much. It happens in verbal language as well.
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April 5th, 2010, 06:21 PM
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ok ...thanks ladies. I didn't want to get discouraged. We are teaching him a lot. He is 8 months and trying to crawl (crawling backwards). He is standing and side walking. Also watching Your Baby Can Read so what you ladies are saying make sense.
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