If you can naturally
teach your baby to wave goodbye,
you can teach your baby
so. much. more.
Goodbye, misunderstood tears.
EASY, PEASY GETTING STARTED GUIDE
Communicate as early as 1 – 2 years before your baby can talk.
CHOOSE A SIGN
that will help or
interest you + your baby.
USE THE SIGN
while saying the word in a sentence. Be consistent over time.
KEEP SIGNING + WATCH
for how your baby is copying the sign. It may look different (and that’s just fine!).
FREE PRINTABLE WITH 10 SIGNS
Here are 10 awesome signs you will use with your baby A LOT. Print it out, and get started!
Free Baby Sign Printable
AND IT WORKS!
@mikes_girl_: JJ’s therapist said wow he’s a fast learner how did I teach him to sign?? I look daily for ur updates as well as my asl books but u show me how to use them much easier than the books. U have truly impacted our family.
LANGUAGE IS ALL ABOUT NEEDS + INTERESTS
Your baby is motivated to talk based on his or her needs, wants, and interests. Your baby will learn the signs she wants to use the fastest. You are the best person to choose the signs to teach your baby as you see what she needs and wants.
While helping thousands of parents teach their babies to sign, I’ve seen which techniques speed up learning and which ones slow things down. These simple changes have helped tons of babies start signing and learn signs faster. These five e-training emails will change your game and help your baby sign. So let’s do it.
GREAT SIGNS TO GET STARTED
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
MY BABY ISN’T SIGNING PERFECTLY
Baby sign isn’t about perfection. It’s about communication. Perfection can cripple your baby’s learning and confidence.
To teach your baby, model the sign while saying the word in a sentence. You can follow this with a “Yes!” as you sign it again while saying the word. After your baby starts signing, continue to sign back to your baby while saying the word.
When teaching your child any language, correcting him or her to make it perfect can kill morale. Instead, always happily sign back to your baby correctly while talking after your baby signs. Your baby will learn by your example on his own time.
If your baby asks for some help doing a sign, by all means help. Just remember that if you do something for your baby, she might take it as she can’t do it herself or you think she can’t do it herself.
Izzy’s mom signing back to her
as Izzy signs, “Brush Teeth.”
WILL SIGNING TO MY BABY DELAY SPEECH?
Are you worried that waving goodbye while saying, “Bye, bye!” will teach your baby to only wave goodbye and never say, “Bye”? Of course not. In fact, “Bye, bye,” is often a word babies say early.
Speech therapists recommend that babies with delayed speech sign, so they can develop their communication skills and improve their speech.
Signing to your baby will develop their communication skills early, which leads to higher IQs.
Very, very few parents have said that teaching their baby to sign milk caused their baby to say milk later. “Milk” is actually a very difficult word to say. Say it slowly and follow your mouth, then your tongue, and last the click in the back of the throat. Your baby will naturally say this word later because it is difficult. But he can ask for milk well before he can talk.
Your baby will hear MORE speech if you sign because you will make more eye contact and find more opportunities to talk.
WHY WON’T MY BABY SIGN BACK?
+ If your baby is developing a gross motor skill like crawling or walking, your baby can stop signing or not start signing during this time. However, your baby is still learning the signs as you sign and talk. When this skill is mastered, she’ll show you how much she’s learned.
+ You can try signing on you. Like for Dog, you can start by signing on your baby’s leg.
+ You can sign two options for your baby, and let your baby choose. If your baby just shakes her head, sign back the option she chose.
+ Choose a sign that is super exciting for your baby to get the ball rolling. A favorite animal sign has helped a lot of stubborn signers.
+ Trust your baby. Not all babies start signing at the same time. It can take months or days to make the association. Remember, it’s not an exact science.
5 Simple Secrets to Help your Baby Sign Faster
Baby signing peas ON mommy. Precious.
MY BABY WON’T SIT STILL TO LEARN
Baby sign is not about sitting still.
It’s about getting out into the world and discovering things with your baby.
Signing to your baby is just adding a sign as you talk and making eye contact.
Sometimes your baby won’t see you sign. Sometimes your baby will.
If your baby is active and curious, all the more reason to start signing and keep at it.
Let your baby surprise you.
KEEP LEARNING ON INSTAGRAM
15 Seconds a Day
Learn a Little Every Day
Our Instagram is a fun place to learn new signs! We have instructional videos and funny videos. We also share relevant signs based on seasons and holidays.
Featuring your Baby!
You can see babies signing, and your signing baby can possibly be featured! If you catch your cutie signing, tag us on your Instagram video with @notanexactscience and #babysignlanguage. If you account is private, comment on one of our posts, so we can follow you and see it.
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