For the next 5 days, I will be posting tips to promote a successful beginning when signing with your little!
- Consistency and Repetition
When signing with your little, consistency is more important than anything else. When moms and dads start using baby sign language it may not feel natural. This is very natural as you are learning along with your little.
If you think about it, a new language is easier to pick up if words are being introduced in context as well as being introduced frequently. This is the same for your little as well!
Start with 2-5 signs in the first week. Use these signs consistently! A few examples of common first signs are: milk, more, all-done, mom and dad. In the following weeks, bring even more signs into your activities. You never know what your child wants to communicate!
Tanya Myrfield-Wolfe BSW, RSW, Certified Baby Sign Language Instructor
*Tip from “The Baby Signing Bible” by Laura Berg, Founder of My Smart Hands.