The most frustrating thing about being a parent has, by far, been the fact that Olivia and I can’t communicate. Sure, we talk to her constantly, we have conversations in “coo,” and we’ve gotten pretty good at decoding her cries, but sometimes I wish I knew exactly what her wants or needs are in that moment.
I read a blurb about Baby Sign Language somewhere before Olivia was born and thought it was weird. I didn’t realize that when you teach your baby sign language, you use actual ASL signs, so it’s not like you just make them up. And, you can form all sorts of opinions when you’re pregnant, but until you become a parent, you have no idea what you’ll find useful and what you won’t. So, I’m totally revisiting my prior (uninformed) stance on Baby Signing and starting to implement some signs into our daily routine!
Since O is only 3 months old, we’ll be sticking to the basics. As soon as we notice her signing back, we’ll slowly start introducing more. I am fully aware that babies don’t start signing back until around 6 months (or even later), but I want to make sure we get into the habit of signing, and it really doesn’t hurt to start earlier. Olivia does seem very interested in our hands every time we sign a word.
We bought Teach Your Baby to Sign: An Illustrated Guide to Simple Sign Language for Babies because we wanted a simple book with illustrations specific to baby signing, but I was also able to find a few really helpful resources online (see below).
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