Guest Post: How To Involve The Whole Family In Baby Signing

I would love to try baby sign language with Samuel. We took a class or two with Nakiah when she was around 2yrs old. I never attempted with Ava.  It’s been on my mind off and on for a couple of months now. Misty Weaver, Chief Editor of Baby Sign Language approached me about doing a guest post on this very topic at the perfect time. If you have ever wondered how to start signing with your baby, here are four ways to help get you started.
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How To Involve The Whole Family In Baby Signing.

Baby sign language is a fun way for babies and adults to communicate with each other. It’s easy to teach and easy to learn, and once you start signing with your baby you’ll soon be hooked.

But Teaching Baby Sign Language is not just for moms and babies – it’s great fun for all the family. Read on to find out how to involve the whole family in baby signing…

Getting Daddy To Join In
Sometimes fathers complain they feel left out when bringing up a young baby. Mom is in charge of feeding and routines and daddy feels surplus to requirements. Baby sign language is something your baby and her daddy can do together, and if daddy signs too it will help your baby learn baby sign language a lot quicker.

To get your baby’s father involved in teaching baby sign language, ask him to teach your baby the sign for Daddy. Daddy is often one of the first words a baby says, so it is a great challenge for dads for get there first. Teach your baby’s father the most popular signs for mealtimes to give him a head-start.

Grandparents can share in the signing fun
Some grandparents may think baby sign language is a bit of a fad, but others really enjoy signing with their grandkids. Again, a good way to get grandparents involved is to teach your baby or toddler the signs for Grandma and Grandpa. Grandparents love having fun with their grandkids, so why not show them ways to sign with your baby while doing the things they enjoy?

Teaching the extended family how to sign
Sign Language For Babies is so simple to learn, why not get your extended family involved too? The more people you have signing around your baby, the easier it will be for him to learn the signs. You can show your family some of the basic signs yourself, or give them a wall-chart or poster to help them remember. Baby sign language flash cards are another great tool for learning signs.

Flash cards are similar to pre-school flash cards, but have a picture and name of an object on the front, with instructions on how to sign that object on the back. These are great for the whole family to use when signing with your baby, and are a really useful tool for you when the object you want to sign isn’t present.

Make sure everyone knows the importance of patience
The more people using Infant Sign Language with your baby, the faster he will learn and the more natural it will seem. Babies who start learning to sign at around six months need at least two months of exposure to, and repetition of, a sign before they can use it. So get the whole family involved but remind them to be patient. Your baby won’t enjoy it if you put him under pressure, and neither will you.

Don’t forget to Like Misty’s page Baby Sign Language on Facebook.

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4 thoughts on “Guest Post: How To Involve The Whole Family In Baby Signing

  1. This is great – Ben and I both sign to Ella and have taught some to our parents as well. My mom laughs, though, because our sign for "all done" has morphed into the sign for clapping 🙂

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