Is your baby a bit frustrated? Are they trying to ‘talk’ to you but they just don’t have the words? Is it hard to understand what they want? Remove the guessing game and let baby sign help you with a calmer and communicative baby.
Your baby is bursting to share things with you, play and take part in family life, so why not give them the skills to join in. Learning baby sign is an easy way to help give your child a ‘voice’ before they can talk. Your baby will develop their hand eye coordination from about 6 months old. They will start experimenting and learning to use their hands and this a perfect time to introduce some helpful everyday simple signs. They won’t really get going with speech until about 18mths old, so adding even just a few signs to your everyday life can bridge that gap and help make your life little easier.
I’ve used baby sign with both my children and it has helped make our daily communication so much easier. I didn’t have to guess what they wanted, they signed it. It took a little patience but signing allowed them both to share things with me and helped me be a more observant mum. Baby sign definitely strengthened our bond and made them feel happier and more relaxed as they could communicate. Grandad, Grandma and other family members learnt our key signs which was wonderful, and meant the children could be understood by all those close to them.
Try some simple signs such as ‘milk’, ‘more’ or ‘eat’ and use them in your every day routines. Make sure you always say the word when you sign it and then repeat, repeat, repeat. Watch and wait, your baby will start to copy you and make themselves ‘heard’. It’s wonderful to see! Watch this amazing signer asking for ‘more’ in the park.
Our son was all about transport, his favourite signs were ‘train’ and ‘car’ and ‘plane’ – the joy of growing up in the flight path! But also, really helpful signs like ‘more’ and ‘drink’. Our daughter signed more from 5 months old which was amazing and she then gained more and more in confidence when she could see I understood her. She was all about animals and giraffe was one of her first signs, followed by cat, owl, dog, fish, bird, monkey, elephant…… the list goes on. It’s also been very special watching our eldest teach signs, namely ‘dinosaur’ but also really lovely signs like ‘butterfly’.
See you soon,
Little Hands Baby Sign classes run Ealing Broadway, Hanwell and Brentford, West London. Find out more about the classes here.