Baby Sign Language – Communicating with your Baby
Babies usually learn by using sign language before they talk. Before they master the art of speaking, they will communicate their needs and wants to you thru signs. It can initially be confusing and difficult if you and your baby aren’t in harmony since you have no idea what those signs are. But don’t worry, everything will get easier.
Baby sign language is a way of using simple language or gestures so parents and adults can communicate with their babies better. Baby sign language is a solution that is becoming popular as a means of responding to and recognizing your baby’s needs.
When is the best time to teach your baby sign language?
When your baby develops the desire to communicate, then you can start teaching them sign language. At around 6 months of age, your baby may start to take notice of signs around them. Your baby will start using sign language when they reach 7 or 8 months of age.
Many parents agree that at this stage, babies can understand more when they communicate using sign language.
Is introducing baby sign language to your baby safe?
Some parents fear that their baby’s speech development will be delayed if they teach their babies to communicate using sign language. However, studies have shown the benefits of teaching baby sign in infancy. One of the best advantages is developing superb language skills. Some learn to speak easier and clearer, while some others get to learn a second language faster.
Of course, the greatest benefit is being able to identify your baby’s needs better and responding to it appropriately. It reduces frustration for you and your baby since you can easily tell what’s wrong, what your baby wants or why his crying at 2 a.m.
Baby sign language also opens up the communication channel with your baby. You then form a deeper bond and sense of harmony.
Other developmental benefits include:
- Stimulates brain development
- Improves memory
- Enhances self-expression and confidence
- Achieving better school grades
- Higher than average IQ over their peers
Teaching Baby Signing
You don’t need prior experience or knowledge to teach your baby how to sign since it simply involves daily interactions with your baby.
All you need to do is follow these tips:
- Be consistent to familiarize your baby with signs.
- Be expressive and make it exciting for your baby.
- Be creative and adapt your baby’s creativity by using your baby’s invented sign.
You can use books, DVDs and flashcards based on formal and conventional signs. This will make learning a new skill simple and enjoyable. Also, don’t forget to familiarize anyone who cares for your baby with the signs your baby is using.
Take account the wonderful benefits that baby signing language brings. With baby signing, you’ll gain fascinating insight into your baby’s minds and you’ll get to know who they really are! See and understand how the world looks like from your baby’s view.
Enjoy all these before your baby formally talks!
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