May 16

Learn How To Teach Your Baby Sign Language

Learn How To Teach Your Baby Sign Language (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Wouldn’t it be great if your baby could just tell you when he was hungry, thirsty, or getting tired? He can, if you teach him to sign! You will need:

An American Sign Language Dictionary
Time
and Patience!

Step 1 – Get an American Sign Language Dictionary, or, look up certain words online.

Step 2 – Start signing to your baby when he is 6 months old, so he can begin making associations between your gestures and his needs. Say the word as you sign it. Repeat the word and the sign, as often as you can, during the interaction. Babies need the repetition in order to learn.

Step 3 – Let’s begin with “bottle”. Show the baby his bottle, and then hold up your hand in front of you, palm side up. Mimic placing a cup on it with your other hand. Help the baby make the sign himself by guiding his hands with yours.

Step 4 – If you’re breastfeeding exclusively, teach him the sign for “milk”. Simply open and close your fists several times, like you’re milking a cow.

Step 5 – Tell him to ask for “more, by raising your hands in front of you, and touching and un-touching your fingertips.

Step 6 – Help him tell you he’s thirsty by making the sign for “drink”. Just pretend there’s a cup in your hand, and tip it towards your mouth.

Step 7 – Speed up potty training by making the sign for “toilet” when you catch him peeing or pooping. Just put your thumb between your first 2 fingers and shake your hand back and forth. Use sign language consistently, or not at all. Your baby won’t learn, unless you repeat the sign every time the corresponding action takes place.

Step 8 – Help baby communicate that he’s sleepy before he gets fussy. Every time you put him to bed, hold your right hand in front of your face, fingers spread and palm facing toward you. Then, move your hand down, toward your chin, as you bring all your fingers together.

Step 9 – Enjoy the perks of being able to communicate with your baby. Less frustration on his part means fewer crying jags for you to deal with!

Did you know? Research has shown that, although babies are unable to speak at 6 months, they have the ability by that age to use and understand language!

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