There is a new language of love, using baby sign language with your child. Parenting a baby is one of the hardest and most awesome jobs in the world. As a former daycare teacher, the Infant 1 and Infant 2 rooms were the hardest for me to work in because I’m not comfortable with babies. One day, you are playing and having a great time together and the next they are tired and cranky. It gets even harder because they can’t tell you what’s wrong. Enter baby sign language. Developmentally, babies are ready for their parents to start signing to them at 4 months and beyond. However, babies won’t be able to sign back until 7-9 months of age. Using baby sign language is a great way to communicate with your child. This is also a great way for their teachers to communicate with them when they are old enough to sign back. Here are some of the benefits to using sign language with your baby and some resources to get you started.
Language of Love: Using Baby Sign Language with Your Child.
The Benefits of Using Baby Sign Language.
- It gives you and your child an opportunity to bond.
- It allows your child to communicate several months earlier compared to those who only communicate vocally.
- It may help ease your child’s frustration when he or she is trying to communicate.
Guidance for Parents in Using Baby Sign Language:
Be realistic-You can start signing to your baby at any age, but 7-9 months is the realistic developmental time frame that they will be able to sign back.
Keep it simple-Start with words that are common to your child like different foods, more, Mom, Dad, brother, sister, eat and drink.
Interact with your child-Take their hands and help them mimic your signs.
Be patient-Your child won’t be an ace at sign language overnight so keep teaching and working with them.
Resources to Get Started:
Using baby sign language is a great way to communicate with your child. It will allow you to bond and alleviate those frustrations and communication barriers. In being able to communicate with one another, you can enjoy less stress and more fun and bonding time.