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Baby Sign Language
Sunday, March 18, 2007
We had heard about baby sign language before but when we saw that cool video of Elle's pickle both speaking some of the words he knew as well as signing them that really put the hook into us. Well Stef bought this cool little book on teaching sign language (when I say little, it's 4 inches by 4 inches but over 300 pages long). She didn't get it from Amazon just using their webpage to show the book.

Some might be saying, "why would you need to teach a kid that can speak sign language?" Well, the concept is pretty simple. Children learn to communicate rather early on (like the instant they are born), however structured verbal communication (e.g., the English language) is typically not even begun until they are around 12 to 18 months (and yes, some pick it up earlier and some later, that's perfectly normal).

Simple sign language can actually be started when the baby is around 6 to 8 months old. And the advantages are plentiful. Rather than just crying to try to communicate to mommy and daddy that they are hungry, or tired, or need a diaper change, or want their favorite toy, or want to go outside, or want to go inside, or...well you get the point. They can actually be a tad more specific, they are empowered to communicate early on and thus increases their self-esteem.

Not to mention reduces some frustrations for both child and parent alike. It is also theorized that baby sign language enhances your child's language skills and IQ and more importantly can enhance the bonding experience.

With all that good stuff going for it, we've bought a book, going to do some early learning ourselves, and then introduce it to Lil' G (when of course there is a Lil' G, soon...very very soon).
posted by Steveg @ 10:40 AM  
  • At 5:24 PM, Blogger Hawk said…

    If you are looking for great signing for young children I would recommend Signing Time. It is true ASL put into formats for young children. I teach it to my daycare kids and my two's (the age I teach) average about 100 signs at the moment. We have only been doing such since October.


    Honestly, it is awesome and you can speak to the creater, Rachel, on wednesday nights in a live chat. It's seriously the best thing I've found for teaching babies signs.

  • At 5:39 PM, Blogger Lauri said…

    I agree that signing time is the best.... Livi now speaks better than her peers because of signing time... I know this has helped her without a doubt and was on of the best choices I made.

    I started with more, eat, milk and she dropped the sign as she learned the word.


  • At 8:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    We LOVE signing times. It is now on our local PBS. Check and see if you can watch it our 15 month old learns new signs every time we watch a new one.

  • At 6:53 AM, Blogger Melissa said…


    Another good resourse.

  • At 10:02 PM, Blogger Cristina Warner said…

    Don't over think this stuff guys! You will be able to communicate with your little guy/girl. Love is a feeling you get that transcends words. Your child will feel it, trust you and will pick up English at an amazing rate. I think Baby Sign Language is a great idea but I'd just like to say that the basics of showing love, cuddling, holding, bedtime, feeding, etc are of greater importance in my opinion, especially in the beginning.

  • At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Tracey said…

    I agree with Cristina. Plus, I taught Bella sign language and it stunted her speech development. We all ended up frustrated.

  • At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    signing wont stunt speech development.

  • At 5:46 PM, Blogger MMrussianadoption said…

    I use My Baby Can Talk dvd. My son picked it up pretty quickly. I just ordered the second one. It is set to classical music. They show examples of the thing they are signing too. My kids love it.

  • At 9:38 AM, Blogger Suzanne said…

    I have the Joe Garcia set (DVD, book, cheat sheet) that we are done with. I'd be happy to share them with you. chndlrs @ msn . com

  • At 8:45 PM, Anonymous MJ Williams said…

    Thanks for this post! I agree about the last part especially. It's not just about being able to recognize your babies cries for just basic wants and needs, but baby sign language actually opens a window to your baby's mind.

    You can know what they are thinking! Our son talked about the 'light', the 'kitty', 'telephones', 'elephants', etc and we were blessed enough to understand! None of these are survival signs, however it was what was on his mind.

    What a treat!

    Thank you again. :-)


    MJ Williams

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