Is it difficult to learn?
Teaching your baby to sign is as easy as teaching them to wave bye-bye or blow kisses.
Babies are natural mimics so there is no requirement to subject your baby to structured
lessons or special training.
What is the best age to start?
Research shows that on average, babies who are shown signs consistently from 6 months
begin signing at around 8.5 months. Of course all babies are different; some babies
may not start signing back until they are 11 months or older while others may start
signing right away.
How is it done?
This is how baby sign language works - a mother asks her baby “Would you like some
milk?”, making the sign for milk as she speaks it. The baby hears the word
and sees the sign - babies quickly make the connection between the gesture and the
word. They can then use the sign themselves if and when they choose.
Start with a few simple signs such as milk, more, eat, and
finished. These make good first signs because they are central to your baby’s
everyday existence, so you will have plenty of opportunities to use them in context..
Also, these signs all look different enough from each other so that you should be
able to recognize them when your baby starts signing them to you.
I think I saw my baby sign!
Your baby's first signs may not be perfected executed but it's important to
encourage and congratulate all attempts.
Once your baby starts using some signs, then you can start introducing additional
signs. The fun is just beginning and your child is sure to delight you with the
many ingenious ways they will use signing. Babies often find new and creative ways
to use existing signs and may even make up their own signs.
The most important thing to remember is to relax - be patient. Every baby works
on their own timetable and has their own individul interests. Have fun getting to
know your baby and make the most of this special time together.
Good luck on your signing journey! We hope you find it to be a rewarding one.