Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Baby Talk: Teaching Baby Sign Language
Do you ever wish your baby could say something besides "goo goo" and "ga ga"? Well, she can if you start teaching sign language early. In the months before baby can tell you whether she's tired, hot, hungry or sick, baby sign language can fill that void in communication. You can start as early as you want, signing to baby as you feed, diaper, dress and put her to bed. Very basic signs for "food," "diaper," "drink" and various family members can be found at Parents.com. Be consistent in your signing as baby ages, so that she can pick it up herself, usually around six months of age. Start with just the essentials, and build on as baby gets older. Find opportunities to use the same signs throughout the day.