This post is a part of the Baby Sign Language Series:

Baby Sign Language

Outdoor Signs – Baby Sign Language 

Hello everyone,

Hope your week was a fantastic one! I am excited about today’s Family Friday post!! Are you ready for the subject??…ok baby sign language!! Yes, it’s a thing and it’s a very very very beneficial thing! Like every good thing there are a ton of articles about this subject online… like what are the best starting signs and when to start, do I use flash cards?? and so on! There are a ton of books & websites to help you out. The one I used most often was Babysignlanguage. However, I did not follow their top ten list. Why?? Because I felt like other words would be more useful in our everyday life…

“A smile is a language that even a baby understands.”

-Unknown

Like I said, in our daily ritual I didn’t need Ava to sign Mamma & Papa, because she can already speak them & knows what those words mean, as well as dog, cat and other family member’s names and many others {it’s crazy how fast she has started learning all these words}…oh & her most favorite word of all….Boob. At first we I did try mommy & papa, however no one was signing with me, which made it more difficult. So when you do decide to try, make sure that those around you are up for the challenge as well! I waited a few more months before trying to sign again & BAM, she immediately imitated me. I was so happy!! {I started at 6 months then waited till around 10} Shane now signs as well, after seeing that it wasn’t a fluke! We have a pretty decent list of signs she uses now & is still going strong. I do recommend that even when your little is talking, you still use your signs. There will always be some words that your child doesn’t quite understand or know how to pronunciate just yet & instead of them getting upset because they can’t express their-self, they can always sign it to you!

This is the list that we found to be the most helpful in communicating with Ava & her needs!

Top Signing Words:


  1.  Eat
  2.  Drink & Water
  3.  More
  4.  All Done
  5.  Play
  6.  Tired
  7.  Diaper
  8.  Be careful!
  9.  Hurt
  10.  Help

&& because this is the first week of March, here is my first official video post! It’s really short, but hopefully useful. If you all like it {let me know in the comments} I will make a longer one to add to this post! Anyways…enjoy this intro into Baby Sign Language!

So if my baby learns to sign, wouldn’t that make them less likely to talk?? NO! Your child will start to talk as soon as they are ready, the purpose of baby sign language is for your baby to be able to communicate their wants & needs. Babies understand most of what you say to them, yet aren’t able to pronounciate words just yet. Also, signing words help them understand the concept of that word easier, thus being able to speak it properly sooner.

So don’t be stressed out about all the information out there, it really is meant to help you. My list works for us because those are things Ava uses the most! You have to make this a custom fit, not a cookie cutter one. Otherwise you might not have the same positive experience as mentioned above. Also a good thing to note is that not all signs have to be ASL, we have signs that we use for words that are no where near the ASL word. The main point is that you & your baby are understanding each other.

 

Baby Sign Language

Please share your opinion, thoughts, experiences or questions, I would LOVE to hear them! && Be sure to check back on Fridays for more Parenting/Family topics or you can always subscribe to my newsletter located at the top of the page {sidebar}. Thanks for reading, have a great weekend & be sure to snuggle extra long with your littles!!

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Question of the Day!

Do/Did you teach your little baby sign language? What do you think of it?

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This post is a part of the Baby Sign Language Series:

Baby Sign Language

Outdoor Signs – Baby Sign Language 

Ashleigh is a stay at home mom who enjoys blogging about balancing the mind through meditation and conscious parenting, the body through plant based eating and yoga, and the soul through up cycling and sustainability. Keep your life balanced & subscribe to her weekly emails, like OmLivin’ on FB or check her out on Google+ for more.

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