Thursday, November 5, 2009

Baby signs

Ok, so you all know I'm a little cuckoo! I like doing things even if they are not quite mainstream. Like extended breastfeeding, cloth diapering, co-sleeping, and my next adventure will be sign language. I've heard and read different ideas on how it affects children's development. But I like the idea that Boo could let me know what he wants before the time where he learns to talk. Talking is hard and takes a long time to learn. Maybe signing will be easier for him. And it will be fun. I ordered a few things to help us learn the basics and for some techniques. I'm just wondering why I didn't think of this sooner. I taught myself mom, dad, more, again, milk, and eat from to get started. I will just try to use these while feeding Boo and playing with Boo until I get the books and DVD. I know it will take a while before he starts signing back to us, so I hope I can remember to keep doing it. Boo says "mama" and "dada" and that's about it. He tried to imitate words sometimes. Like if we say "kitty", he says "tuh". He does not try to wave or shake his head yet. So I don't know that he is actually ready to sign, but if we do it, eventually he should do it.

Any thoughts? You tried it?


  1. My sister-in-law did sign language with all of her children and it was amazing to see the baby signing back to her. She of course had to deal with people telling her that her baby was never going to learn to talk since he was just happy signing but all of her children did learn to don't let others make you feel bad about choosing to do it. I always said that I would look into it when I have a child because I do believe it helped her out with her communication with her baby. All of her children were able to tell her when they wanted milk, hungry, all finished and other important signs.

  2. We taught Laurel to sign a few things like eat. It was nice to know when she was hungry, but we didn't go all out with it.

    It is funny how they try to imitate. Before she could talk, Laurel would make a grunt sound everytime we would sneeze. I don't know if she was imitating the sneeze or the following bless you.

  3. We did/do signs with Q. It was great because instead of just a whiny cry we got a whiny cry with "milk" or "sleepy" or "change"

  4. I bought a bunch of baby sign books for our LO, I use some signs sometimes but it does take some remembering (somehting I'm dont doing very well ::wink::), and with his so little still, it makes it hard to be so diligent with it. I'm excited to do it though. GL with it. I think it will be fun.


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