Communication with your baby starts the day your baby comes into the world. Attempting to communicate with your baby can come in the form of speaking, hand gestures, facial expressions, etc. Before your child can speak, you as a parent may consider teaching your child sign language to help understand him/her better.
At times babies cry and parents don’t understand why. This is why sign language would be a great tool for your child and you to use. If you’re a parent interested in teaching your baby sign language, you don’t have to be overwhelmed by the task. There are a multitude of tools and resources out there to help teach you and your baby sign language so that you can communicate better.
The Benefits of Sign Language
Research has shown that sign language may be able to improve the ability to communicate in a child who is eight months to two years old. During this time, children are aware of what they want but may not necessarily be able to verbally communicate it to their parents. Sign language is a way for babies to use their hands and sign to their parents what they may want and need. Sign language is another way to bond with your child and a language that can be helpful for your child to know in the future.
How to Get Started
To start teaching your baby sign language you will first need to learn it yourself. There are a multitude of ways you can learn sign language depending on how much time you can devote to learning and what your most comfortable learning tools are. There are sign language books you can read, helpful websites on the internet with video and visual aids, or classes you can take at your local community center.
Grab a Baby Sign Language Book
Once you’ve familiarized yourself with sign language, you’ll be in a better position to teach your child baby sign language. A great tool for baby sign language is the variety of books out there in the market. It’s a good idea to go to your library to first see if there are any books available on sign language. If not at the library, visit a bookstore or check online. Remember to read reviews of books before you venture out for a sign language book so you know you’re getting your money’s worth.
Scope out a Sign Language Website
If you don’t have a lot of time and need a quick tool to teach your baby sign language, the best place to start is the internet. There are a variety of different sites out there to use and its best if you browse through each and see what works best for you. What will determine better sign language websites than others are the signs they want you to teach your child initially. It will take time for your child to learn sign language so make sure the site starts with describing activities that are part of your child’s daily routine. Sites that start with signs for eating and drinking target the most necessary needs of the child and once they’ve got that down, you can move on to more.
What to Expect
Learning sign language is hard enough for adults, so you must be patient when teaching your baby. Remember to be realistic about your baby sign language expectations and know that starting too early may not wield results you want. Make sure you work with your baby daily so that he or she can get more familiar with the language. Lastly, have fun with your baby and make the experience one to remember.