Baby Sign Language-pg114605734818

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Rabbits07 - April 26

Wondering if any of you were doing or planning on doing the baby signing w/ your baby? For those who are using it, what do you think about it?

 

YC - April 26

Hello. My dd is 18 weeks and we are planning to start with her soon. My db is fluent in American Sign Language so we thought it would be great to teach her. I have researched it and it is supposed to be great for the baby as far as helping them communicate with you. I am looking forward to it. Oh by the way...some research even suggests that it helps with the "terrible twos" because a lot of why the little one actrs out is because they are having trouble communicating. Are you going to try it?

 

Rabbits07 - April 26

I was considering it. I had seen some information on it in pa__sing and then I seen something about it on t.v. (I think on the Today show?) I thought it was very interesting and it would definitely be great to be able to communicate with Mason at such an early age. My only concern was whether or not it would hinder his speech developement. My last two children have had to go to speech therapy because of speech delays. They were just minor delays in both of them and they only had to do therapy for somewhere around 6 months, but I was just concerned that if Mason could communicate by signing, he would be disinterested in talking. They actually use signing in therapy though, so I don't know. I remember my boys that had the delays used to get so frustrated when they couldn't get me to understand what they wanted. I can see how being able to sign would offset the 'terrible twos' for that reason.

 

YC - April 26

Hmmm, that's an interesting question. I think I will ask my ped. about that. I never thought about it but I could see how a baby may find no need to talk if they were signing. Thanks for bringing that up. This has nothing to do with signing but I have an ex boyfriend who did not talk...not a peep...until he was 6 years old. His parents took him to all these specialists but no one could really figure out what was wrong. Anyways, his first words were "I want some Captain Crunch". LOL!!! They determined that he could talk all along but had no need to because he was getting all his needs met without having to. Kids...gotta love em! Anyways now he is a college graduate and was on the debate team LOL!!! You can't shut him up.

 

CarolA - April 26

I have a book on it, and it says you should start around 8 months, im going to, and it shouldn't mess with speech, just say the word as you sign it, and dont just rely on the sign only.

 

Nerdy Girl - April 26

I did it with my first baby, and she consistenly signed for "milk" and "more" which are two of the first signs they recommend. My son is now 5 months old, and we started using the sign for "more". However, he has not yet returned the sign to us. We don't expect him to be able to do it for another couple of months. The first time they sign back to you is SO COOL!

 

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