Will baby signing discourage my baby from talking?
When should I start teaching my baby Infant Sign Language?
When can I expect my baby to start signing back?
We are already speaking two languages with our baby. Will teaching signs confuse him?
My baby is 20 months old and has quite a few words. Is it too late to start the Baby Signs® Program?
How do I get started?

 

     
 

1. Will baby signing discourage my baby from talking?

Absolutely not! Findings from 20 years of government-funded research have shown that learning infant sign language actually makes learning to talk easier. Click here for more information about Baby Signs
® research.

My son, at 13 months, was saying over 45 words --some he would say in conjunction with signs (e.g. Star, Ball, Tree); other words he would say without signing (e.g. Bus, Yes, Down).

 
   
     
 
2. When should I start teaching my baby Infant Sign Language?

Whenever you'd like, but certainly by 8 or 9 months. Some families start as soon as when their baby is born, just to get into the habit, and that's fine. After all, we talk to babies from the day they're born (or even earlier); we just don't worry when they don't answer!

We began modeling signs with my son when he was 8 months old.
 
   
     
 
3. When can I expect my baby to start signing back?

Depending on when you start, you may expect your baby to sign back as early as 8-9 months. When babies actually sign back varies greatly from baby to baby, depending on the child's interest in communicating (some babies prefer climbing bookshelves to reading books), development of related skills (e.g., memory, imitation, attention), how frequently and consistently the parents/caregivers model the signs. A typical range for first signs would be between 10-14 months.

My son surprised us with his first sign when he was 9 months. We were reading Goodnight Moon to him and he decided to sign along to “Moon.” We were all SO excited, and you know what, the excitement just builds and builds with each new sign!
 
   
     
 
4. We are already speaking two languages with our baby. Will teaching signs confuse him?

The beauty of teaching your baby to sign is that the signs can act as a “bridge” between the two languages that you are speaking with him—one sign for the same concept. For example, your child will learn to associate that “ping guo” is “apple” if you consistently model the sign and say the word together.
 
   
     
 
5. My baby is 20 months old and has quite a few words. Is it too late to start the Baby Signs® Program?

Even babies with 50 to 100 word vocabularies still find some words too hard to say (e.g., caterpillar, crocodile). As long as that's the case - no matter what the child's age - we've found that sign equivalents are welcomed.
 
   
     
 

6. How do I get started?

Easy! Just attend a Baby Signs® Parent Workshop and you will get tools, tips and guidance on how to get started on your amazing Baby Signs
® adventure. Contact us today.

 
   
     
 
 
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