Baby Signs

Kaylea Ray; 3rd Hour

Background

Your baby knows to communicate far before they can show you. Teaching them to sign allows them to tell you what they want before they can even speak. Babies have been signing for as long as one can remember, it was just not recognized or studied until the 1980's.

How to Teach Baby Sign

Teaching your baby to sign is easier than you may think. Make sure you have your child's attention, then repeat the sign over and over and say the word while you're doing it. Then, show them what it means when you do this sign (ie. more). Repeat this until your child understands and praise them when they use it. Signing on your child's body by using their hands can also help them learn it better.

Benefits/Why to Use It

Using baby sign language has many benefits to it. You create a stronger bond  and enhance your child's memory. Also, contrary to popular belief, improves your child's oral language. Signing with your baby causes them and you to have less stress because they can communicate with you what they need, such as cereal. This causes them to have less tantrums and they can better express their emotions.

Signing for the Babies

Signing causes your baby to be able to express their wants and needs without having to cry or throw a fit. It also increases their hand-eye coordination and the fine motor skills. This will help them learn to talk sooner because they try and say the word each time they sign it. As the child gets older, studies have shown that their IQ raises and their memory is better.

Examples

There is no certain way you have to teach your child to sign. Using whatever sign that makes you and your child feel comfortable is the way to go. One sign could be pinching their pointer finger and thumb, while holding it by their face to signify a bird.

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