A lot happens once you have your little one in your arms. Communication becomes a vital part of your relationship with your baby, starting right from day one. You will enjoy a unique vibe with your baby, starting from feeling his fingers to seeing him smile at you.
Some of the first reactions from your baby will start during the third month. Sign language for babies is an important technique that can be very useful at this stage. It is extremely helpful when your baby is in the toddler phase and is mastering the various motor, auditory, visual and speech skills.
Learning to communicate with your infant via sign language will help strengthen the bond between you both.
Teaching Baby Sign Language:
It is important to understand the vital techniques involved in teaching babies sign language. You should first start with the baby sign language basics, followed by methods to teach and tools to use.
1. Basic Level – The First Five Signs:
In the beginning, your baby will see f
‘Mother’ is the first subject for your child.
- To teach your baby the sign language of ‘mommy’, extend and spread your fingers apart.
- Bring your palm closer to your face and tap your thumb on your chin.
- Say “It’s mommy” while doing so.
- Every time your baby yells for you, you can repeat the sign.
- Slowly, your little one will get accustomed to this sign.
Papa has the second most important position in your baby’s associations.
- To sign ‘daddy’, spread out the fingers of your palm just like before.
- Now, tap your hand on your forehead with your thumb.
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This is a basic way of communicating.
- Make the same hand gesture that you would do while communicating the action of eating.
- Tap on your lips with your finger or point in the direction of your mouth and say “eat”.
Milk is your baby’s first food. You may be feeding your infant, giving bottle milk or a mixture of both.
- If you want to hint at the breast milk, simply sign near your chest and say ‘milk’.
- If it is a bottle feed, make a sign with your hand slightly cupped, as if you are holding a bottle. Then say, ‘milk’.
If you have pets at your home your baby will instantly form visual associations.
- To sign ‘cat’, pinch your thumb and index finger together by the side of your cheek, while keeping the remaining fingers straight. This develops a funny sign of whiskers that cats have.
- For a dog, bring the tip of your thumb and index fingers together while the other fingers are standing straight. This looks pretty much like a dog.
Pointer: Remember that the male signs are always above the nose and the female signs below the nose.
2. Training Your Baby:
While sign language is full of fun, you may sometimes show urgency to equip your baby or feel anxiety to the way your little one responds. Here are a few things to remember while training your baby with the sign language:
- Fun: Remember this is all a part of the fun. You experience the great memories interacting with your baby while showing him the signs. There is nothing to get worked up about.
- Repetition: You have to keep repeating the signs everyday several times till your toddler gets a hang of the associations. Be patient as the learning curve can vary for different children.
- Encourage: Give your child those little prizes after mastering the art. A reward could be anything like a warm cuddle, story at bedtime or a tasty finger food that your infant likes.
- Expand: Keep talking while gesturing. A lot of knowledge absorption happens in the first year of your baby’s development.
3. Tools For Easy Learning:
There are some great options available in the market that can fast track the learning. Make sure you buy these only after your child gains enough footage with your personal training first.
- DVDs: Interactive DVD s with rhymes, stories and gestures will improve your child’s focus.
- Flash Cards: Use as many flash cards as possible. They are available under different sections such as people, foods, animals, plants, etc.,
- Teaching Guide: A guide is useful in case you need a special boost to your module.
- Signing Dictionary: This will help your baby with the right signs
- Wall Chart: A time tested method, wall charts, create strong visual impact on the young mind.
These are some easy ways to help you teach baby sign language. You are your baby’s first teacher. Indulge in an interactive and innovative process of learning.
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