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Postby babyhelstrup » Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:42 am

I am wanting to teach my LO some simple baby signs. Like hungry or more or some simple foods. Not a lot of signs just the basic ones to try to communicate before she can talk. But when do you start to teach then? She is 7 wks. I assume it is too early to start "teaching" her some signs. So when do you start to teach them?
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Postby KimmyH » Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:38 pm

Oh, I really want to sign with Julia too! I don't think it is ever too early to start using the basic signs every time you use them. The mommy baby signing class I want to go to recommends starting to come to class at 6 months.
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Postby maggiemay » Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:56 pm

I started signing with my daughter about 5-6 months, when she started eating solids and was sitting in a highchair (most of the signs were food related...more, milk, please, thankyou, all done...) and it worked great for us. By the time she was a year she was signing in full sentences "more milk please". I couldn't believe it and she was faster at signing than I was at reading them ;)

So, it really does work. I wish I would have taught a few more maybe 10-15 total would be enough.

Once she started talking we stopped signing and I just asked her how to sign milk and she told me it goes in cups??? So clearly she no longer remembers any of it
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Postby babyhelstrup » Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:42 pm

Maggie- How long was it till you noticed that your LO understoond you and was able to communicate? How often did you teach the signs?
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Postby maggiemay » Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:13 pm

It took a few months (I can't remeber exactly) may be 2-3 and I would do the signs every time she ate or wanted something. For example I would sign and verbally ask every time she needed/wanted "more milk" and every time I would give her more of something, anything...food, kisses, toys, I would sign and say "more". The key is to use the signs in conjuntion with saying them verbally to you LO.

At first they just think you are crazy, but it really does sink in. They will understand you and may nod before they actually start to sign. They say that babies understand what you are saying and can communicate long before they actually say their first words, but their mouth/toung muscles arn't developed enough to actually speak.

I really don't think it's ever to early to start and who knows your LO may start catching on alot sooner.

I am def doing SL with this next one and I will start sooner this time. It's pretty cool to see a 1YO doing SL, it blew alot of my friends and family away :D
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Postby snchart » Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:03 pm

I would like to try signing as well. Is there a book or DVD that teaches some of the basic signs?
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Postby blue-eden » Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:37 pm

You can get most of the signs off the internet, no need to go out and buy stuff.

I taught M some signs. Her first was "milk" when she was about 11 months. Then I taught her eat, drink, sleep, more, etc. My family thought it was brilliant! I was living in TX at the time, and a lot of mothers did the same, it was fun to see the kids signing to each other at story time!

I'm teaching Leo now. He knows "milk", he's been doing that one since he was 10 months. He does it while he's nursing.

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Postby Stephie702 » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:42 am

7 weeks is a little early. when they can start to follow you and focus better thats when i would start signing gl!
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Postby babyhelstrup » Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:02 am

I picked up a little book that has eating/ some food signs. It suggests starting to teach when your LO can wave bye.
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