Somehow during the blog transfer, this post was deleted. So I thought I would post it again since it was one of my first posts! It made me kinda sad watching it…Little Brother was so tiny!
Has your baby ever known exactly what she wanted…she just couldn’t communicate it to you? Perhaps she screamed and screamed until you finally realized what could be wrong–sound familiar?
A baby’s motor abilities tend to develop faster than her spoken language. That is why baby sign language has increasingly grown in popularity in recent years. Through signing, babies are communicating what they want/need before they can even speak.
There are many ways you can teach signs to your baby (and a million books and DVDs that will tell you how), but it is really quite simple. You don’t have to go out and spend a fortune on a “Baby Signing Kit” (unless you are so inclined). I have found with my own children that a baby really only needs to know a few simple signs that communicate his basic needs. Therefore meal time is a perfect time to begin modeling those signs.
Here is a video of a few basic signs: milk, eat, more, finished (or all done). I also included “please” and “thank you” at the end because babies really can have manners! :)
The best time to start introducing these signs is when your baby starts eating solid foods (around 6 months). Just model it for a while (while saying the word aloud) and eventually you can hold your child’s hand and show him how to make the signs. It will most likely take several months for your baby to sign on his own and it normally occurs a little before his first birthday (or perhaps sooner–depending on how consistent you have been). Again, keep in mind that every baby is different!
It is so fun to see your baby sign for the first time–and it will relieve many frustrations for both you and him!