How To Teach Your Baby Sign Language

by San Antonio MomsJan 19, 2023

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Teaching your baby to communicate through sign language can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only does it help your baby learn to communicate before they can speak, but it also helps you understand their needs and wants before they are able to express them verbally. Here’s a quick guide on how to teach your baby sign language.

Start Early

The earlier your child starts learning sign language, the easier it will be for them to pick up on the signs and use them effectively. Start teaching them simple signs when they are around 6 months old, such as “milk” or “more”. As they get older, you can start introducing more complex signs like “thank you” and “please”.

Be Consistent

Once you start teaching your baby sign language, it is important that you remain consistent with your approach. Make sure that everyone who interacts with your baby (e.g., grandparents or babysitters) uses the same signs consistently so that your little one can learn quickly and easily.

Practice Often

It is important that you practice often with your baby; repetition is key in any kind of learning! Try to make practicing fun by singing songs or playing games together while using the signs for words or phrases. This will help reinforce the signs and ensure that your baby remembers them better over time.

Teaching sign language to babies is a great way to facilitate communication between parent and child before they are able to speak properly. It also helps babies learn new words faster and strengthens their bond with their parents/caregivers, as well as other family members and friends who interact with them regularly using the same set of signs. With patience, consistency, and practice, teaching sign language to babies can be an enjoyable experience for both parties involved!


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