It’s truly amazing how quickly babies understand what you’re saying and want to communicate back to you. When they can’t talk, they easily get frustrated (and, let’s face it, we do too). Our family has found that using sign language is a huge help. While we don’t use many signs, these five signs have made all the difference in helping me give my little ones just what they need (or want … I’m easy).
Using Baby Sign Language
Less frustration. More communication. As your baby learns a few signs, you’ll notice she’s thrilled to be able to express her needs. Teaching your baby these signs is as simple as using them. Before you know it, you’ll see little hand motions with big meaning.
"More" in Sign Language
To make the sign for “more”, touch your fingers to your thumbs, then move your hands together so your fingers touch. (Go back and forth.)
While this is initially quite helpful in feeding Baby, it becomes useful in everyday activities. Does Baby like being tickled? Does Baby want to keep playing this game? Does Baby want to show off his sign language skills?
"All Done" in Sign Language
To make the sign “all done” (or “finished”), it’s a bit like a royal wave. Start with your palm facing you, then turn it away.
This sign is also very useful in feeding early on. Then it can be used, as my baby did, to tell you she’s done with a diaper change … even when you aren’t.
"Milk" in Sign Language
To make the sign “milk”, pump your fist open and closed. (Yes, a bit like you’re milking a cow.)
Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle feeding, this is one Baby can do very early on to let you know he’s hungry.
"Eat" in Sign Language
To make the sign for “eat”, simply put your thumb to your finger tips and move your hand in small motions to and from your mouth.
No more guessing when Baby is hungry!
"Sleep" in Sign Language
This is actually the sign for “bed” (which many use generally for sleepy). Simply put your hands together flat and lay your head to the side on top of them like a pillow.
One of the most common reasons babies get fussy is because they’re tired. This is a great one to know so you can eliminate (well, maybe not eliminate) exhausted tantrums.
Are there other helpful signs you use with your baby?