I am in a college class right now called Healthy Young Children. Our instructor has given us a project to work in groups and make a Health/Safety brochure designed to be a resource for parents regaurding the health and safety of their children. Though most wouldn’t think of baby signing as a health and safety issue I thought it was great and something that many parents havnt heard of or had access to information on. I talked to my group members and they thought it sounded good. I brought it to the instructor for approval and she just loved the idea. No one had ever done it in her class. One of the ladies in the class works in a daycare that has sign time they have a special room that kids go in for 20-30 min and practice with a child signing video and a care giver. I had started signing with my son early on but then it tapered off. Then a few weeks ago my husband asked my son if he was hungry and wanted to eat (while signing eat) and our son returned the sign! He is 17 months old and is trying nearly all the signs we sign to him. Though his hands aren’t too coordinated to do some like banana he tries and we know what he means. I had learned a lot as a child but had forgotten many and as I am teaching my son (and husband) a lot is coming back to me. I just wanted thank you for such a wonderful site full of resourses for me and the class project.
- I have been toying with the idea to start sign language with my 7 mth old baby. Thanks for providing the basic guidelines and resources for me to get started without investing $$ in books/ resources.
- Thanks for this site Monica. I will begin the challenge as soon as my 5 month old wakes up for his 3am mummy milk. We are based in Lisbon, Portugal. All the best to you and your family.
- I love your photos of the children signing. I’ve been looking for something that could help me teach my kids to sign. I know it’s not meant to teach but it has given me a chance to at least start with my children. Thanks for the awesome web site!
- I have just found this website after my Father in law said he had seen a programme on TV about Baby Signing. I missed the program but thought I would check the internet for ideas. This site is FANTASTIC. I never thought about signing to my beautiful son Jack who is 5 months and extremely bright. I think he will do really well. Thank you for opening my eyes to a new way of communicating with my son.
- What a great site! My son is now 9 years and can sign very confidently to both children and adults. He isn’t deaf or hard of hearing but he enjoyed learning signs from a very young age. It stops temper tantrums as the baby and toddler are able to express their own needs. A great web site for new parents to look at and learn. Well done.
- I just wanted to say you guys have a great site! Me and my husband have been using it for about 7 months, we started a few months before our son arrived and it has been great. Our son is 5 months old and does a great “eat” sign we are very happy with this. It is a great start to expand his learning and it is something we work on daily. We can’t wait to see if he signs Mommy or Daddy first. Thank you.
- I am teaching a baby sign language class in the Olympia, WA area. Your site was a wonderful find for helping me come up with ideas for my classes.
- I started signing with my Daughter, Gracie, at 6 months and I have never stopped… She is almost 2 years old now and she can sign AND SAY anything she pleases. We have been stopped on various occasions while signing together in public places. People are very currious about how we communicate. I take every opportunity I can to encourage other parents to sign with their babies. Thank you for such a great website.
- Hi! I’m a new mother of a ten-month-old girl. After reading on your site it has convinced me to start her with signing. Thank you!
- I just wanted to let you know that your site is one of the best sites I’ve been to about baby signing. I’m interested in teaching my 11 month old but very few sites provide any really good information. They all just wanted me to buy something. I knew ‘more’ and today when my daughter signed ‘more’ back to me, I wanted to find more words to teach her. I love the pictures you have of other kids signing. I didnt realize how well they could do it. Thank you.
Hello Monica … I’d like to thank you for putting up such a great site. Emma’s been learning sign language since she was 5 months old.. After I came upon your website through babycenter.com… I was reading a post there. Her first sign, milk, was signed to me when she was 6 months old.
She quit learning it for a while at 8 months… Since she learned the word “that” while pointing and we got too excited about her talking and started giving or telling her what she’s pointing. The only thing she kept using, every so often, is dog, bye, and milk. But this last weekend, she started again and we’re back to the important basics of eat, milk, more, all done, dog, bath, hot, and bed. I think she’s starting to understand the concept better… That mommy’s not just trying to make funny gestures. Even though I’ve been signing to her, the first time she signed more, all done, bath, and sleep was all this weekend. So, she was either stubborn for not signing back all this time or it just clicked over the weekend. Whichever it is, we’re having a better time.
She can even trick me with her new language skills. First of all, when she says all done, especially when she’s in her high chair, she really means it. For other occasions, like playing, bathing etc, she’ll tell me if she’s done and we’ll move on. The other night she said she’s all done (playing) and she signed sleepy and did the bed sign. So she walked over to me, I held her and she lay her head on my shoulder, thumb in her mouth just like if she was going to sleep. No more than a minute, she looked up at me, smiled and said all done and wanted to get down. She did that to me in the tub too that same night. She said all done, held her arms up for me to get her and when I was ready, towel and all, she looked away, started splashing and smiled. I think if she could say more, she would have said… Tricked you. So she’s learning and she’s finding it fun to use what she’s learning.
Anyways, I just want to thank your effort and share with you what your site has helped me accomplish with my daughter.