Welcome to another How-To Tuesday post. Today’s article is a guest post by Misty Weaver, editor of BabySignLanguage.com, an easy-to-use site that offers free signing information and resources for parents. Enjoy!
Baby sign language is easy to learn – all it takes is lots of repetition and stacks of patience. With a little bit of know-how, you can start teaching your baby to sign today. There are tons of free baby sign language resources around – all you need to do is know where to find them and how to use them! Read on to find out how to teach baby sign language without having to pay for classes.
How To Start Teaching Baby Sign Language Yourself
To start, pick a few simple signs, such as Mommy, Daddy, and Milk, and concentrate on using these signs over and over with your baby. Repetition is key, as is choosing signs which are interesting to your baby. Use the sign and say the word clearly each time you come into contact with the object – for Milk, you would sign before, after and during feeding, saying and signing Milk. For a ‘how to’ guide to the most popular signs check out Baby Sign Language Top Ten Starter Signs. You could also download a printable baby signing Baby Sign Language Wall Chart for free.
When Will My Baby Start Signing Back?
Be patient when you are teaching baby sign language and don’t expect your baby to start signing immediately. You should encourage all her efforts, even if you don’t recognize the sign she is trying to make! Most babies over the age of six months need about two months of exposure to and repetition of a sign before they begin to use it. So if you start signing with your baby when she is seven months old, she will most likely be using one of your favorite signs by the age of nine months. Remember, all babies learn at their own pace. For more free answers to common baby signing questions check out Baby Sign Language Basics.
Developing A Signing Vocabulary
When your baby has mastered her first few signs you can introduce new ones. It’s a good idea to stick to groups of similar ideas or objects when introducing something new, for example food signs, colors, or animals. Remember to keep it fun and repeat, repeat, repeat each sign. Encourage your baby’s efforts. Only introduce a few new signs at a time, and continue with each for around two months. The Internet has stacks of great baby signing dictionaries, including Baby Sign Language Dictionary.
Do I Need To Go To A Baby Sign Language Class?
The short answer is no – you can learn and teach baby sign language without paying for classes. Good baby signing classes follow the advice above – making learning fun, repeating signs and building a base of simple signs before moving on to new ones. Once you have checked out and downloaded some free resources, why not get a group of friends together to practice with. Your baby will find this great fun, and it will stop you feeling isolated. Have fun, repeat and encourage – these are your steps to success.
Readers, have you tried baby signing? How did it go?