Baby Use Sign Language

Your Baby or Toddler Probably Uses Sign Language Now.

Baby Sign Language: It is easy for you and your baby or toddler to learn sign language. All babies use some signs such as waving bye-bye.

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Sign Language for Your Baby and Toddler

Your Baby Is Probably Already Using Sign Language.

Mary Moore

Sign language is easy to learn for you and your baby. La

Although many parents don’t realize it, babies are learning and attempting to communicate from birth. These early efforts include smiling and eye contact as well as the obvious crying and screaming.

In fact, most babies develop some sign language of their own. Theynaturally learn gestures that train you both.

Your baby raises her arms to you, signing to you that she wants to be picked up.

He bangs on the tray of his high chair for more food.

He pushes you away to get you to stop. She pulls away for the same reason.

Peek-a-boo is a game that uses sign language.

Most babies develop some form of letting you know they want more–moreplay, more food, more water.

Certainly your baby will learn to point, wave good-bye, and shake his/her head forno.

In addition, all babies love to mimic, verbally and/or physically.

Teaching sign language, then, is merely introducing additional gestures from the ones your baby would use on his/her own. Yet by doing so you are

  • Promoting communication skills.
  • Helping your baby develop socially.
  • Helping your baby gain confidence that his/her needs will be met.
  • Teaching your baby the advantages of communication in general.
  • Avoiding unnecessary frustration.
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    Sign Language: Baby sign language is not hard for you or your baby to learn.

    More information about sign language for your baby or toddler.

    Teaching Your Baby Sign Language.

    Don’t spend a fortune on books and videos for sign language products before you have experience. The truth is that sign language is not hard to learn for you or for your baby. I would only purchase two, possibly three, sign language items.

    My recommendations for teaching your baby sign language:

    1. Dr Joseph Garcia authored the classic in the sign language field: Sign With Your Baby.

    Buy the video only or buy a kit which contains the video, a short and simple to understand book, plus a chart showing the signs.

    The sign language video is a must for the section on teaching sign language and the last section which demonstrates American Sign Language words. I would buy the kit to get the accompanying sign language book unless you buy the CD Pick Me Up at the same time. That CD includes a workbook.One sign language book is probably enough although both of these sign language books have their positive and different attributes.

    2. At the same time I would add the music CD Pick Me Up for the signing and singing as well as the excellent sign language workbook for parents. This fun, interactive experience for you and your baby is all it normally takes to rapidly add words to your American Sign Language vocabulary.

    3. If at any time you or your babies are having problems learning sign language, purchase Baby See N Sign, Volume I. It presents American Sign Language words three different times: as a still picture, in slow motion, and at normal video speed.

    Frankly, I believe the above three items are all the sign language products you need to own.

    If you have an expanded budget, here are some other sign language products I would consider buying.

    See sign language products I would not buy and the reasons I would not buy them here.

    Why purchase any sign language items? Why not use the library for your sign language needs?

    You probably need at least one sign language product on hand for reference. A CD of music to sign by teaches sign language daily. Plus your baby can watch a sign language video like Baby See N Sign to supplement your own signing.

    Parents: Have you had experience with baby sign language? Will you share that sign language experience with CyberParent readers?If so, please click here. Wewould love to publish your baby’s or toddler’s success or failure with sign language. We will not usefull names, but would like to publish your general location. Thanks for your sign language assistance!

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