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The Benefits of Teaching Your Baby Sign Language

Updated on April 4, 2012
Our little bundle of joy! We are so glad God blessed us with her!
Our little bundle of joy! We are so glad God blessed us with her! | Source

The Benefits of Teaching Your Baby Sign Language!

When I first started working in a pre-school/day care after I graduated college, the staff at the non-profit organization loved doing sign language with the babies. Some parents were hesitant, thinking that if their child learned sign language, then they would not ever talk because they would not need to. Actually, just the opposite is true, teaching your baby sign language is beneficial.

My daughter was born prematurely 9 weeks early- (3lbs. 9 oz.), and while she was born early, she was not developmentally delayed; she caught up rather quickly on the growth curve and mentally with increasing gains throughout the first year and subsequently. Regardless of whether of not she was language delayed, I wanted to start sign language with her.

I started with a few easy words, "More", "Yes", "No", and progressed to a few phrases, "No more" "Thank You" "You're Welcome" and "I Love You." She really liked doing sign language, she caught on quickly, and it helped her learn the words much quicker. I taught her the signs as well as the words for the signs. When I did the signs, I said the words too. Before she could even say the word, she would do the signs, mumble, and then she finally progressed to saying the words with the signs, and then she would just say the word without the signs. Doing sign language definitely helped my daughter learn to speak faster and with more accuracy. Others understood her and thought her signs were very cute.

The benefits of teaching your baby sign language are an increased acquisition of letters words, and phrases, social interactions at an earlier rate, and it can ease the parent getting frustrated not knowing what the child wants. Regardless of the age of your baby and the stage of their development, teaching them sign language can be a bonding experience for all!

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    • breastpumpreviews profile image

      Christy Garrett 5 years ago from TX

      The first sign that I taught my 10 month old is "milk". Its fun to watch him sign it back. Thanks for writing a hub on my question. Voted Up.

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Sign language was very helpful with my son who had a speech delay. I'm currently trying to teach my baby signing.

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      This is great. I taught all of my children sign language. My first child learned just a few signs but it helped so much. When it worked so well for him, my second child learned a few more, while my third child learned quickly and we got into squirrel, bird, lion, cookie, etc. She had fun, but when she was ready for words, she spoke and the signs were gone. Great hub. Following you!!

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      FreezeFrame34 5 years ago from Charleston SC

      Thanks! I'm following you too, TripleAMom!

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