Teach Your Baby Sign Language

October 1, 2010
Category: Baby Sign Language

12 Easy Steps for Communication with Your Baby

Let me guess…your baby is crying uncontrollably and you want to know what he wants so your ears can take a break…No?

Maybe, then, you want to learn how to keep that from happening.

teaching baby sign language

Well, you’ve come to the right place. Teaching baby sign language to your baby will probably be the biggest stress reliever during those early months of your beautiful baby’s life.

Sign language for babies can be learned simply by following these 12 steps:

Step 1 – Introduction

Step 2 – Getting Started

Step 3 – Start Talking

Step 4 – When Things Don’t Go the Way You Planned

Step 5 – Caregivers

Step 6 – More Signs

Step 7 – Sign Combinations

Step 8 – Taming Stress

Step 9 – Advancing

Step 10 – Your Growing Child

Step 11 – Finding More Signers

Step 12 – Conclusion

Yes, it’s that easy!

Just to show you, let’s start with STEP 1 – Introduction

And don’t forget to check out our Fun Free Printable Sign Language for Kids!

Baby Sign Language Resources

Because of the popularity of baby sign language, there are a lot of fantastic resources at your disposal! Here are our favorites:

Tips for starting your child with sign language – Read useful tips by Heather Jensen for starting your child with sign language.

Babies and Sign Language – This is another site that will help you as you teach sign language to your baby. This website contains a lot of information and a great online community for you to be a part of.

 

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What Other Visitors Have Said

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Not Ready To Talk

by Aundrea (Oregon) My son refused to speak. We knew that he could as he had already said his first words and would babble as a smaller baby. For some reason he decided he didn’t want to talk. His Grandma taught him some basic signs using baby signing time. He could finally communicate with me!! […]...

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I used it as a baby!

by Addison (AL) I know first hand that this is a great way to communicate with babies, especially before they start forming words or even sounds! My mother taught me signs like more, food, sorry, please, thank you, all done, yes, and no before I even turned one. I still remember all these today. Even […]...

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6 months and 2 weeks old been teaching her for a week

by Megan (Missouri) I’ve been teaching my baby for a week now food milk momma and dada and just doing it fun and helping her sign she has learned milk I was so proud I didn’t think she would Learn it for a while but I’m trying she trying to get food but when she […]...

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Shira – Owner of Tiny Talkers

by Shira (Portland, Oregon) In addition to the wonderful resources on this page and those listed above as references, I wanted to let everybody know that there is a webcast available for those of you who are looking for a fully comprehensive (yet time efficient) way to learn how to use sign language with your […]...

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Hey! I Got Hands Too!

by Janeel Hew (Molokai, Hawaii) Babies have been doing things with their hands even before they were born. (Moms you know what I’m talking about) When I was getting my son’s room decorated, I put up two alphabet posters. One with the letters and objects, (A apple) the other was in sign language. I hung […]...

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Milk Mama!

by John (Pensacola, FL USA) My wife and I learned about the possibility of teaching your baby sign language early in her third trimester of our first son. To admit, we were a little skeptical at first. We checked out a book at our local public library to study on it. When our son was […]...

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Teaching my daughter ASL: small effort, big result!

by David (Switzerland) ASL princess I started learning ASL via the internet, and especially via the Start-American-Sign-Language page when my daughter was about six months old. I started signing to my daughter as soon as I had memorized the first signs, and then I kept repeating them to her whenever I got a chance. I […]...

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They can sign…

by Sherry (Melbourne, Florida) When my daughter, now 6, was about 9 months, all she did was whine and cry for things. I was taking a basic signing class at our local library and the teacher suggested I teach her to sign. I told this to my husband and we decided to try it. we […]...

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ASL with babies works!

by Anna (Evansville, IN) I purchased a book about ASL before my boy was born. I started reading it when he was a month old and it encouraged me to sign to get into the habit. So I began signing milk and diaper at 2 months old because he was perpetually hungry and hated being […]...

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BECOME FRIENDLY WITH YOUR BABIES

by Harsh Vardhan (Bengaluru,Karnataka,India) Hi, I am Mrs. Nehal Harsh Vardhan, and I am a resident of INDIA. I have a baby girl, her name is Aanya. She is just seven months old and believe me she is an angel. Initially I was having lot of problems understanding her signs, because she was my first […]...

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C. Hudson

by Candace (South Carolina, USA) I am a mother of a five year old nonverbal little girl with cerebral palsy. We have struggled for years, trying everything to help her with communication. I was very interested in her learning sign language but she never could pick it up. With help from therapists and books, I […]...

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Mama to Donevon 2yrs, James 4yrs, and Demetrius 6yrs

by Mrs. Shannen L. Heyman (Louisville, KY, United States) I was so pleased to find this website! I have an aunt that is hearing impaired and I wanted my children to be able to communicate with her. I have taken an interest in educating my children in other languages and this one is very important […]...

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Mrs. Diane Bell, SPED, para

by Diane Bell (Arkansas, USA) I am a hearing mother of one hearing and one hearing-impaired child. Both are exceptional boys! When my hearing son married, his first child was a beautiful little girl. She is hearing but had a very real love for her hearing-impaired Uncle. She also liked to follow Grandma around the […]...

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My Lily…

by Kelly (Clearwater florida) I cant explain how it works so well but I would like to explain how it worked for me. My husband is deaf so we decided to teach my little lilypad how to sign. Before My little girl could even talk she was signing. Now she can sign better than me, […]...

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If you have had success with baby sign language, please share your experience in the comments below! So many parents are unaware of the true success of signing with your baby.

Sharing your story may help someone decide to teach their baby to communicate early and lessen the frustration in their home! 🙂

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  • when I was real young my mom taught me the sign for more and a few others.

  • We started using baby signs with our son from a few months of age. He was extremely colicky, and I wanted to give him any way to communicate as early as he could, and he started using the signs around 8 months of age, which helped quite a bit (as did growing out of the colic). He was always vocal but when he hit the age at which toddlers normally start speaking and forming words, he would babble but not actually use verbal words. I kept teaching him more signs while trying to get the speech problem figured out, and unfortunately, some family members told us we were doing more harm than good and that he would speak if we would “let him”. He saw several specialists, including an ENT who wanted to put in PE tubes “just to see if it helps” instead of doing any exams to determine whether it was even warranted, then an audiologist who said they were absolutely NOT warranted (glad I listened to my gut and didn’t put him through that!), and several school district speech specialists who said they were not concerned at this age. When he was 2 1/2, he finally saw a speech therapist that began to suspect apraxia of speech, and took that approach for her treatment. It flipped a switch in him and he almost immediately dropped the signs to focus on his speech. When I expressed guilt over teaching him the signs, his therapist said that using signs with him was the best thing we could have done, since it gave him an effective tool for communication and it really did prevent a lot of tantrums and meltdowns that I’ve heard of with other speech-delayed children. I plan to have him learn proper ASL once he’s older and has made more progress in his speech development.