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Friday, March 13, 2009

Baby Sign Language

I have been teaching Jimmy baby sign language. We are using the book and dvd "Sign with Your Baby" by Joseph Garcia. I haven't exactly been a stickler about it, but I at least wanted to teach Jimmy the basics and helpful signs such as "pain" so he can show where it hurts it he gets an owie. Well a couple days ago, he started showing me the sign for "please" and it is just the sweetest thing! You rub your chest in a circular motion and he has it down pat! So here is a pic of him doing it.

I highly recommend teaching baby sign language to your little one, it is so much fun and it is just so cute when they start doing it back to you! It can also be a huge help if they get hurt and you don't see it happen because if they know the "pain" sign (tap your two index fingers together over the area of pain) they can show you where it hurts. It also helps lessen frustration when they want or need something (which means less crying!) because they can tell you what they need, such as to eat, drink, have milk, have a diaper change, etc. So get to your library and check out this book!


Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

My sister taught her twins to sign when they were babies too. It is such a great way to communicate with them when they are so little.

Hope to SEE you tonight at VGNO!

Holly said...

Signing is fantastic. The only real way for us to communicate with our son.

Mama Snow said...

That is so awesome! Happy VGNO!

Jen said...

What do you use to teach baby sign? I'd love to teach my 2 year old and my baby.

How's about a bloggy tutorial!

Happy VGNO!

Ter said...

I was born with a severe profound hearing loss. One of these days I'll post my hearing test just to show everyone the extent of it.

Anyhow, my family refused to learn how to sign or anything. While I'm grateful for being able to speak and communicate with hearing people, there have been many frustrations over the years because I am not always able to understand what is going on.

As an adult, I learned to sign. I love it. And it has been amazing over the last several years as I've noticed the growing number of HEARING parents teaching their HEARING children how to sign. I think it's GREAT because communication barriers are being broken down, and these kids are going to be able to communicate a whole different level, as long as you keep it up (don't give it up when he learns to talk at a more frequent level) and if he ever meets a deaf kid, he'll be able to help them because he can sign too. :)

So kudos to you!

Anonymous said...

He's adorable. Look at those cheecks. Glad you are teaching him that. They learn so quick at that age.

Stopping in from VGNO

Anonymous said...

I'm stopping in from VGNO. I really love that idea. Look at his sweet face. I've always wanted to learn sign language. How wonderful your little one is learning it so young!

Emalee said...

One day i will be a sign language interpreter. I highly suggest that you teach your little one sign language also.

Anonymous said...

Awww! That pic is so precious!

Debbie said...

This came after my kids were little but my nephews learned SL and did very well with it.

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