Has anyone here taught their baby to sign? If so was it hard to teach them/learn to teach them? And how long did it take?
I have been reading about it and i'm fascinated by the idea. It would be immensely helpful for mum and bub to be able to communicate on even a simple level prior to them learning to speak i think. Not to mention completely adorable
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31-01-2012 18:36 #1
Baby sign language?
31-01-2012 18:45 #2
Subscribing as I am interested about this too
31-01-2012 18:49 #3Senior Member
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I only know one mum who used it and her 3.5 year old still uses sign barely speaks. Not to say this happens with all kids but i figure this particular child doesnt NEED to talk as he can sign.
Not my cup of tea TBH. Yeah i had a month or so where DD would get frustrated cos she couldnt communicate with me but having said that, DS is only 13 mnths and manages to communicate with me fine!!
31-01-2012 19:01 #4
My friend used it with her 15 month old. She started around 6 months then stopped, but a few months later her DD started using the signs even though it had been a while since she'd seen them. She also has a lot of (verbal) words so it hasn't stopped her language development at all. Looks awesome, I'd be interested in trying with the next bub.
31-01-2012 19:15 #5
Both my kids. Dd1 picked it up loads more than dd2.
Dd1 is very advanced in her language skills - so this hasn't stopped her from
Using verbal language
Dd2 is average for her language skills.
It's hard to say what they would be like if they hadn't been signed with - would they still develop at the same rate - probably! But it certainly has enhanced our communication in those early years!!
31-01-2012 19:22 #6
My almost 2 year old still isn't talking (developmentally delayed, still waiting on tests etc) and over the last few months we've been using a bit of sign language, or I have rather because I've been teaching DS.
Nothing official or anything like that but we use signs (as does he) for when he's hungry or thirsty or when he's not feeling well (or has teething pain etc). Other than that I understand certain jibberish he speaks and the meaning behind it so we are communicating pretty well at the moment.
31-01-2012 19:29 #7
I tried really really hard with baby sign. DS was just never interested, never picked it up. Wasn't until he was talking really well that all of a sudden he started signing "finished", and now he won't say "finished", he will only sign it. I think it's a good thing to try, but don't expect it to work miracles and don't be disheartened if your baby doesn't pick it up. I think it's like all language, they all develop at their own pace, in their own time.
31-01-2012 19:36 #8
One of my nephews used it and it was great (or at least I thought so) though we do think he probably would of started speaking sooner if he didn't have the knowledge of baby sign language. It also worked really well when he was tired as it was easy for him to communicate what he wanted plus when he travelled (he is American - has an Aussie dad and American mum and some people find his accent very confusing). I will be trying it when I finally get to that stage.
Sent from my iPad so pardon the errors!
31-01-2012 19:43 #9
I didn't but one of my friends did. Her little one went for 2 terms once a week. By the time she got her first sign (milk) she could already say the word . Her dp thought it was a waste of money for her- in their case I have to agree.
31-01-2012 19:45 #10
^ yeah it would be an absolute waste of money to do a course, i reckon. Sounds like a bit of a con to be, TBH. Just buy/borrow a book
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