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Did you know research from the National Institute of Health indicates that using sign language with little ones is a good idea? What about you… Is baby sign something you use, and if so, when do you use it? Have you seen any benefits?

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  1. I used it with my daughter and it cut down on frustration (hers, and mine as a reaction) tremendously!

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  2. Cara B., I would like to use sign language with my daughter. Do you know of any resources where I can learn more about this?

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    1. I’m assuming you’re interested in more info about baby signs. You could go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMay3uW85fE&feature=c4-overview&list=UUvQqJ3fXt3ub8vXcYpw8ROw to help you get started. I also recommend the book “Sign with Your Baby: How to Communicate with Infants Before They Can Speak” by Joseph Garcia or “Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk, 3rd Edition” by Acredola and Goodwyn. Good luck!

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  3. Greg, we have both of these books available in our Marketplace if you are interested in checking them out.

    Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk, Third Edition – http://bit.ly/17hVRgN

    Sign with Your Baby: How to Communicate with Infants Before They Can Speak. – http://bit.ly/1fjAbzI

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  4. Cara, we found baby signs so helpful when my son was old enough to want something but too little to verbally say it – I think we started around 9 or 10 months and he picked them up so quickly. We did the basics – milk, more, eat, all done, and please. I encourage all new parents to start using signs to cut down on the frustration of “what do they want?!”

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  5. We used signs with our babies as well. It cuts down on frustration for both the baby and parent. I recall when my son started to speak, which wasn’t perfectly clear in the beginning, he was trying to communicate he wanted more food, but I was not getting it. So he reverted back to the sign for more so his mom could keep up.

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  6. When using baby sign, it’s important to make sure to always say the word paired with the sign. For example, if baby is signing “more,” instead of just wordlessly handing him more, say, “More. You want more. More crackers.” The ultimate goal is always verbal communication (eventually). Baby sign can be a good stepping stone.

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  7. We started baby signs almost from the beginning (eat/hungry and milk to start with), and now at nearly 15 months old, my son picks up new signs so quickly! Just the other day, I showed him some stars in a book. I looked up the sign for stars and started using it with the word and showing him the picture in the book. He didn’t seem to get it, so after a couple of days, I stopped signing it. About 3 days after I stopped signing “stars,” my son saw a star in a different book and started frantically signing “stars”! I was so excited! He signs so many more words than he actually says right now, but I always teach the sign with the verbal word (and a lot of times with a picture or the actual object/food). Right now, he signs the following words/phrases: milk, hungry/eat, please, thank you/you’re welcome, I love you, eggs, banana, and avocado. I can’t think of any others, but I’m sure I’m leaving some out! He also has made up a bunch of his own signs, mostly for animals like gorillas, elephants, and spiders. 🙂

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    1. That’s great– It really is amazing how quickly young children can learn signs (like ‘avocado’!) and even create their own to communicate. And it sounds like you’re doing a great job providing him with the word, sign, and object/picture. He’ll say the words in time, but you’re helping him get a good head start!

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    2. I forgot about signing All Done and Yogurt! 🙂 He picks up signs a lot faster if he’s used to hearing the word or phrase, too. “I love you” only took one day of me signing, but I always say the words to him throughout the day. So once I started putting a sign to the words, he figured out that he could finally SAY it back to me! 🙂

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