Your baby will talk some day, so what’s the point of using sign language with a child who doesn’t have a hearing problem?
There are numerous benefits to signing with a baby who has yet to string together those babbles into a recognizable word.
Infants taught sign language:
- Can communicate wants and needs to their caregivers at an early age
- Will have an earlier understanding of the English language
- May learn to speak earlier
- Could have an above-average ability later in life to learn a new language
- May possibly have a higher I.Q.
Parents who sign with their baby may experience:
- Lower frustration levels (for both parent and baby) because the baby can communicate with you
- Deeper bonding with their baby because they have greater insight into their baby’s mind
- A higher level of trust from their baby because he or she knows that you understand what he or she is trying to tell you
- Satisfaction. What a great feeling it is to know that you can effectively communicate with your pre-verbal infant