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So like me, you are probably wondering if sign language works for babies, right? Guess what?
Baby sign language lets babies as young as six months communicate their needs so they don’t need to cry all the time which I know can be a bit frustrating and at the same time can be very overwhelming to many moms and dads. Especially at like 2 or 3 in the morning when you are trying to guess whats wrong with your little miracle.
So what I will be doing in this post is help you teach your baby to tell you when she wants to eat, drink some milk, needs a diaper change, is all done, even communicate its bath time and my favourite is the one that helps her say please and thank you. Plus I even added a few extras to add to the fun.
Did you know that sign language boosts brain development?
Yip, studies show that sign language for your baby could help your baby speak sooner, it also helps increase their vocabulary, it also gives your baby a higher IQ advantage over other kids and also helps achieve better grades at school.
Did you know that teachers can actually tell which kids in her class have done sign before? Yip, while kids sit around a table, your kid will be talking in sentences while other kids point and grunt.
Other benefits include less frustration, a closer bond between you and your baby and it improves communication.
These are just a few benefits, I can not list all of them otherwise this article is going to be waaaaay to long but all you need to know is that it is a HUGE advantage for them especially in the long run. Plus how fantastic would it be to know what your baby is saying whithout having to go through the whole crying communication scene.
But what I need you to do first is remember these principles when you start signing; FUN - REPETITION - ENCOURAGE - EXPAND.
Fun – You need to keep signing as playful and fun as possible.
Repetition – You need to do this on a daily basis and incorporate signing into your daily routines.
Encourage – This you do with small little rewards and you do this with praise and attention.
Expand – Help grow your babys vocabulary based on your babys interests.
So how do we open the lines of communication you ask? Easy! See the illistrations below and remember, make them fun.
Don't worry about teaching all the signs at once... just try a few to start. When you think your baby is getting the hang of it and signing back, you can slowly add more signs to her repertoire.
So here are a few extras I think might be useful to you.
So don't be surprised that your baby can learn sign. Both their understanding and their motor skills develop much faster than their ability to speak. They also love to mimic and most babies discover how to wave and point long before they can say ‘bye bye’ or ‘look at that’.
Studies also discovered that sign language for babies made babies appear less demanding than those babies that don't know sign because they could express their thoughts and needs more easily. So why shouldn't you be benefiting from sign and knowing what your baby wants instead of screaming? I think everyone in the family should be happier.
What you need to know too is that baby signing doesn't promise to cut out the tears and those little tantrums they tend to throw. But signing could make it much better and you need to know that there are actual baby signing classes and organizations that actually do this for a living... so google it and enjoy. The only thing is they come at a price.
A special note from me... be patient! Don't expect your baby to be the champion signer in her class. It does take some babies longer that others to have the ability to sign but... keep at it!
Take care and be blessed!