Your baby has the capability of understanding what you are saying as early as six months old. A baby’s brain is constantly learning and observing in many different ways before their vocals are well developed. To lessen frustration and crying, baby sign language creates communication tools for you and your baby so that you can effectively understand what your baby is trying to communicate to you.
I recommend going to a Baby ASL class in order for you and your baby /toddler to learn baby sign language. Interaction with other babies and parents helps you and your baby learn much quicker. I was lucky that my community offers a free nine week Baby ASL class that I can take my little one to. If cost or availability is an issue, below are some tools and fun ways to help you and your baby learn baby sign language:
BabySignLanguage.com is a great website for all your baby language learning needs. They have a how to guide and dictionary for reference, and printable PDF flash cards and wall chart for easy learning.
ASLpro.com and babystrology.com are two other websites you can use that has videos demonstrating the sign you choose.
Baby Signs by Joy Allen is a wonderful board book that you can incorporate into your bedtime reading. Although not free it’s is only $4.14 right now on amazon which still is a great deal.
Signing Time DVDs are also great to incorporate sign language. Although I do not do these with my toddler and we are most likely to wait till he is at least two years of age. I have watched a few episodes and find them very entertaining. There is tons of singing with signs so if your child is drawn to songs and music this would be good for them. On Amazon they are $19.99, but you can add them to your queue on both Amazon Instant Video and Netflix. If you do not have a subscription to these two streaming sites, you can also watch clips of songs and different signs for free on youtube.com
Has your baby or toddler successfully learned baby sign language? Share tips with us at firstname.lastname@example.org!