When Ellie was a born I was eager to do everything right. I had a set rules for myself that I swore I’d never waiver from. You can all stop laughing now. I waivered, boy did I waiver. Don’t we all?
The one thing that I’m really glad I didn’t waiver on was teaching Ellie baby sign language. We only did the basics, but for us that’s what worked. Eat, Milk, More, All done, Thank you, and Please made like in our household made communicating with Ellie so much easier. There was less crying, we knew what she wanted and needed. That and it was really cute to see a 10 month old sign “please eat”.
So when I found out I was pregnant with Zach I set a lot less rules. This time I was going to less pressure on myself and take it as it came. Thought my husband had one request. He wanted me to use sign with Zach as well. He had such good memories from Ellie he wanted to make sure we continued it with Zach too.
And he’s catching on!
He’s just now starting to look at his hand and trying to sign Milk. He’s learning eat now as well.
Baby Sign Language Tips
- My main tip be consistent! If you only sign occasionally they won’t pick it up as quickly.
- Also use the sign while showing baby the object. After a few times they’ll relate the two.
- Start early! Maybe a newborn won’t understand in the first few weeks, but using it from the start will help make it a habit for you.
- Don’t give up and have fun with it!
If you live in San Diego make sure you check out the amazing Joann from Sign 4 Baby. She teaches an amazing set of baby sign classes along with tips on how you should use them in your daily life. Classes prices start as low at $20 a class!!! For pricing and scheduling head over to Sign 4 Baby.