Baby signs are more than just understanding your little one’s basic needs. It helps you understand so much more from your baby especially their emotions and what they feel.
When starting out with baby sign language, you’ll need to repeat a few basic signs over and over to help your child learn and master.
It’s important to begin with signs that are frequently used representing something compelling to them whether family signs or food signs.
These signs are probably your baby’s favourites because they refer to important people in their lives. Not only will your little one enjoy using these signs, but you’ll also equally love teaching them to your baby making it even more fun.
Mom and Dad
Tapping your thumb on your chin will sign mommy while dad is signed by tapping the thumb on the forehead. While these signs are done similarly, the mom sign is done on the chin and dad on the forehead.
Further, these signs are equally similar when signing grandmother and grandfather.
However, rather than a single motion, you’ll have to make a double motion to indicate the grandparents, tapping your thumb on your chin while making a double motion away from your face to refer to grandmother and tapping your thumb on your forehead with a double motion to indicate grandfather.
Dog and Cat
Pets play a significant role in your child, and they are your baby’s greatest interest too. If you have a family pet, either a dog or a cat, you can easily use some baby signs to help your child learn and understand them.
Tap your hand on your thigh as though you’re calling a dog to make a baby sign for dog.
Trace a cat’s whiskers on your face to sign a cat but make sure you’ve maintained eye contact so that your little one sees the hands clearly helping make the connection between the sign and the word cat.
Of course, food is a necessity in your child’s life so they’ll undoubtedly need to learn a few signs related to food especially their favourites. Learning food signs is useful because it helps the baby signal whenever they’re hungry without fussing.
Eat is signed by acting as though you’re putting food in your mouth using your thumb and fingers. This sign is especially useful for babies on solid foods.
Sign milk whenever you’re feeding your baby and not doing other things to make them understand. Open and close your hands as if you’re milking a cow to make a milk sign. This is particularly an important sign for breastfeeding babies.
More and Done
Tap your fingers together to sign ‘more’ and twist your hands back and forth to sign ‘all done’. These signs help the baby tell you whenever they need more food (also useful in other contexts) or when they’re finished eating.
There are many signs you can use on your child. However, rather than using general signs, select starter signs that are associated with your toddler’s favourite things to help them learn faster.