Baby Sign Language-Freedom for Baby!
Children can be frustrating, no doubt, but guess what? Adults can be frustrating to children. Soon after they know you are Mom, they get frustrated because you can’t read their minds. They’ll cry and cry while you try to figure out what they want. Usually it’s food or a binky, sometimes its a poopy diaper, but sometimes they want that toy that makes the noise with the blinky lights and you have no clue. Learning to communicate with your kids early can save you a lot of heartache, worry and tantrums in grocery stores.
So, as soon as they have any ability to use their hands and fingers, I recommend teaching them the baby sign language. This is not a new thing, but not a widespread either.
A child’s ability to know what they want occurs way before they know how to talk about what they want and it is crazy frustrating for them.
It’s magical, yes magical when a baby of less than a year can tell you that they want water instead of milk, a book instead of a toy, a nap over a snack. And it doesn’t take much effort to learn or to teach. You will find that the meltdowns your child has are far fewer than what you see in your friends’ kids who don’t employ this method of communication.When I first learned Baby Sign Language, there was no YouTube and I had to figure it out while looking at drawings of hands in a book. But nowadays, all you need is the internet or a DVD player. Use Baby Sign Language as your search.
These are the words/concept I would teach:
- Milk(not bottle, since bottle will go away at about 1 year old)
- Snack (or eat)
- Lunch (which refers to any meal not a snack)
- Nap (not overnight sleep)
- animals of your choice
- thank you
- I Love you
- diaper change
- Where is?
- Find your shoes.
Say the words while you do the action. Your signs do not have to conform with American Sign Language Standards. YOU pick a sign that makes sense to you and your child. After a while they will know what “find your shoes” means verbally and they won’t need the sign. Words like milk and nap, book, and snack stick around a long time as those are words that a tired child will use instead of expending energy to speak.
Here are some links to some good YouTube videos. There are tons, and more added all the time. You probably have friends that can recommend more!
I can tell you that my teenage kids still remember the signs for, milk, more, full, sleep, cookie, cat, no and book.