Afraid – Baby Sign

Watch this baby sign video to see the ASL sign for afraid, plus learn how to teach your baby to sign afraid in Baby Sign Language.


How to Sign Afraid

To do the baby sign for afraid, hold your hands in fists at chest level but a little more than shoulder width apart. Shoot your hands in towards your body while opening your hands with one higher than the other. Your hands open over the center of your body.


Remembering the Baby Sign for Afraid

To remember the baby sign for afraid, think of holding something, getting scared, and letting it suddenly drop because you are so scared.


Teaching your Baby to Sign Afraid

To teach your baby to sign afraid, always do the sign while verbally saying the word in a sentence.

You’re afraid of that clown. You’re feeling afraid. Gesture to what your baby is afraid of.

What are you afraid of? After your baby looks panicked or afraid of something or someone.

Try to be consistent, so your baby will make the association between the sign and afraid. By using the sign in a sentence, your baby is also exposed to verbal language and more vocabulary. Awesome!


Your Baby Signing Afraid

Here are a couple ways your baby can use the baby sign for afraid.

She can tell you when she is afraid of something.

He can let you know that he is sleeping because he is afraid.

She can be more emotionally intelligent because she can label her emotions.

When else does your baby sign afraid? Share with everyone in the comments below!


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