Getting started with baby signing is probably a lot easier and less effort than you think. The whole experience is more fun if you can attend a class as the signs are reinforced with music, rhymes and games (plus you get to meet other baby signers).
These are our top tips to help you get going:
- Look at your child, say the word and make the sign at the same time.
- Depending on the age of your baby, start with a few signs most relevant to them e.g. food, sleep, more, milk.
- There's no need to limit the number of signs used, build up at a pace to suit yourself,
- Aim for your child to make a connection between the sign and what it represents. E.g. make the sign for eat and then spoon it in!
- Be consistent with the signs, regardless of how your baby signs them back to you.
- Some babies sign back to you sooner than others. Even if your baby does not sign back to you for a few weeks, they are taking it all in - so persevere!
- Repetition and patience are important.
- Remember to enjoy it - signing whilst singing can be a good way to learn new signs.