Sad – Baby Sign

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

Learn It

How to Sign Sad

To do the baby sign for sad, with your fingers spread and your palms towards you, hold your hands above your head and bring them down your face as you make a sad expression.

Remember It

Remembering the Baby Sign for Sad

To remember the baby sign for sad, think of your face changing and getting sad.

Teach It

Teaching your Baby to Sign Sad

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

You look so sad right now.

Mommy is a little sad.

Look. Taking the toy made your friend sad.

The girl in this book is sad.

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

Use It

Your Baby Signing Sad

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

She can tell you when she is feeling sad.

He can better understand when you are feeling sad.

She can better understand how her actions affect her friends.

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

Teaching your baby to identify his emotions will help him to be emotionally intelligent. Help your baby to know what to do when he is sad. For example, he can ask for his back to be rubbed or snuggle with his favorite blanket.

Babies Signing Sad

We currently don’t have any videos for this sign. Share your link in the comments below!

If you catch your cutie signing sad, post a video to Instagram with #babysignlanguage and tag @notanexactscience. We’d love to feature you on Instagram and/or share your video on our website to inspire other moms, dads, and caregivers! If your account is private, be sure to comment on our latest post, so we can follow you back and see it!

Please share your successes or questions in the comments below. Your stories and questions are so valuable to other parents learning, so thank you for sharing!


About Adelaide

I started signing with my first baby, and I quickly saw the joy and value of signing. From the glimpses into his mind and the help it provided both of us, it was AMAZING. Now I’m signing with my second baby and helping hundreds of parents and family members to sign with their babies.

For this project, I worked with the deaf community. I wanted to create a signing library that honors the signs in ASL, plus I wanted to make videos that would guide moms–whether they watched one or 100. I want every parent–no matter their socioeconomic status–to have access to the information that will help strengthen their relationship and communication with their child from very early on in life. If you agree, share this with another parent or three.