The irony isn’t lost on me that last week I posted on temper tantrums and this week I’m posting on something that helps minimize them. When I was pregnant with my oldest I ran across an article about teaching babies sign language. It was an interesting concept that I looked into and decided to try.
When I had my in-home daycare for a year, I taught all of the kids signs whether they could talk or not that way they could all understand each other. I’ve taught my youngest baby signs as well and as long as she’s not so tired she can fall asleep standing up, it usually eliminates her having a tantrum because I can understand what she wants.
I start off teaching signs that revolve around food because I’ve found that babies find the direct correlation between the sign itself and the meaning. I started signing with them between 4-6 months just for them to be exposed to the signs (just because they can’t sign back doesn’t mean they can’t understand). That’d be like not speaking to a baby until they are ready to talk.
Good words to start with:
- thank you
There are tons of online references for baby signs. This was one of the first websites I came across that I really liked. It has a drawing showing how to do the sign as well as a video. If you are interested in signing this page is very resourceful.
Both of my girls started signing around 8 months. There’s nothing cuter than a little bitty person communicating with their chunky little fingers and you actually understanding exactly what they want!
Sorry for the photo quality, thought I had pictures of signing but I only have videos. So I paused the video and took a screen shot!
Did you sign with your baby? Did you find it helpful? What signs did you start off with? What was the first word your little one signed?