(Closed) Baby Sign Language

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 4
11760 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I personally haven’t but my sister uses baby sign with my nephew. He is almost 2. He does really well with it and plus it’s super adorable to watch him sign!  

Post # 5
3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Commenting so I can find this later!  I’m interested in the replies, too!


Post # 7
34 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

Since it’s been proven that babies can start signing (basic signs) beween 6-8 mos and they can start speaking between 10-12 mos, it is a great way to alleviate some of the baby’s frustration in trying to communicate with the parents. I’ve seen it work with lots of neighbor kids as well as my cousin’s daughters. It’s really awesome to see that they can actually express themselves and be understood by others at such a young age! I’m an interpreter so I’ll for sure use it with my kids when I have them someday!

Post # 8
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’ve heard lots of great things. Only negative is from a coworker. One of my students taught us. ‘no thanks in sign and shared with the coworker whose partner is Deaf and they both speak ASL. Anyways, turns out there is no such expression in ASL and a lot of people are assuming that baby sign is the same thing as an actual second language. Something I certainly found interesting.

Post # 10
380 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My Aunt did this with her two daughters, now 3 and 5.  It worked and definately helped her communicate with her kids at an earlier age.  It was easier for her and they were potty trained earlier too.  The downfall was that it definately delayed speech.  It seemed like since her daughter could communicate through sign, she didnt need/want to talk.  It was also an issue when she went to a sitter, or relative who didn’t understand signs.  Apparently my Grandmother watched the older daughter for an afternoon and she was signing she wanted water for like an hour straight, and my Grandmother was going crazy trying to figure out what she wanted.  I also noticed that my aunt wasn’t as gun ho about using sign language with the second.

Post # 12
1318 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I babysat a baby that knew baby signlanguage. I had never really been around a baby, so I was pretty clueless, but the mom left me a book with the signs. It was such a lifesaver to know that he was hungry or needed to be changed because he told me himself!!!

Post # 13
3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@clairykoo:  I’m surprised to hear that it delayed language… I’ve heard the opposite to be true…

Post # 14
3697 posts
Sugar bee

If they’re communicating via sign, then they are not delayed in language. It may delay speaking. Those are not quite the same thing.

(I know it may seem like hair splitting, but, in cognitive terms there is a big difference between a baby who is communicating successfully and one who is genuinely delayed in language.)

Post # 15
6812 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@clairykoo: The books I have read and people who have used baby sign actually helped with language. This was addressed in the book I read, and very very very few children have this issue. The author said if this is the case the child should be checked out by a doc on their hearing. More than likely there is some kind of cause of why that child will not talk.

We planned on doing sign language with our son but havent gotten around to it…

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