Is My Baby Too Young For Baby Sign Language?
Is your baby too young for Baby Sign Language? No! No baby is too young for sign language, as long as your expectations of her are reasonable! Many moms start signing to their babies long before their babies can actually sign back.
Your baby will still learn from watching you sign, and any time you interact with your baby, at any age, you help his little brain to grow and develop. And of course, Baby Sign Language is a fun, simple, painless, affordable way to bond with your new person!
The majority of mothers start introducing sign language when their babies are 4-8 months old. That is quite a range, which just goes to show you that this is not an exact science!
However, the majority of mothers also sign to their babies for months before their babies sign back. So, if that is okay with you, then go ahead and get started!Your baby will start to sign back, when he is ready! You will know that he is gaining on ready when he starts to point to things that he wants, when he makes eye contact with you, and when he is able to pick up small objects from a flat surface.
If your baby is not doing these things yet, there are a few things you can do to “warm her up!”
- Encourage your baby to use both hands to handle objects. Encourage him to move an object back and forth between each hand.
- Encourage your baby to play with toys that require fine motor skills, such as toys with knobs, buttons, and dials.
- Play peek-a-boo! This helps a baby learn to make eye contact.
- Help your baby point to objects as you name them. Say, “Is this a book?” and encourage your baby to point to the book.
- Put Cheerios in a muffin tin and allow your baby to pick them up and move them from cup to cup.
- Read to your baby. This is probably the best gift you can give to your child. When you read to your baby, you introduce more words to him than you would in normal, everyday speaking. You also help to foster a love of and desire for language and communication!
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