Babies are interesting creatures. They can comprehend what you are saying much earlier than they can talk back, so you are just stuck having to be a mind reader for way longer than you would care to. Your baby gets mad because she can’t tell you what she needs, and you get frustrated because, darn it, you can’t figure out what the heck the problem is. And you’ve tried everything. But what if there was a way for you to discuss these basic needs with your child before she can talk, and you don’t even need a crystal ball to do it?
Introducing sign language for babies.
It is the best thing you can do for your sanity. It helps to bridge the gap during those precious months where your little angel is mobile and still relies on you for everything, but she doesn’t quite have the capability to express these needs (relish these days, you will miss them sooner than you realize).
What are the benefits of baby sign language?
For starters, less crying. Hello! Why would you not want that? When your child can tell you when she is hungry, or needs a diaper change, or wants milk, or is hurting, it makes your job a heck of a lot easier. No guessing game required. Instead of your little one getting mad because she knows what she wants but you can’t figure it out, she will get her needs met quickly and you can move on to more enjoyable things.
If fewer temper tantrums is not enough to sway you, what about bonding with your child? Not only is the act of learning baby sign language a great shared experience, it also helps you communicate more effectively, which can bring any two people closer together. Babies who sign also get a head start on the development game since they are already halfway to talking. Another great way for a head start in the development game is reading to your little one, check out our list of favorite bedtime stories.
When to start sign language for babies?
You can start whenever you want, but that doesn’t mean your little one is going to sign back. The best bet is to begin the process when your bundle of joy is between6-9 months old. At this age she will actually have the motor skills needed for this special skill. Go all out. Get the DVDs, flashcards, and a sign language for babies chart. At first it is going to seem like your baby isn’t really picking up on it, but stay with it. One day (usually after two months of learning) she will just start doing the signs, and your life just got a whole lot easier.
So what do you think? Are you going to give sign language for babies a try?