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Getting Started

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).

Music Singing Play

These are our top tips to help you get going:

  1. Look at your child, say the word and make the sign at the same time.
  2. Depending on the age of your baby, start with a few signs most relevant to them e.g. food, sleep, more, milk.
  3. There's no need to limit the number of signs used, build up at a pace to suit yourself,
  4. 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!
  5. Be consistent with the signs, regardless of how your baby signs them back to you.
  6. 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!
  7. Repetition and patience are important.
  8. Remember to enjoy it - signing whilst singing can be a good way to learn new signs.
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