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Sunday, December 30, 2007



I did Baby Signs a decade ago with my son. It was a life saver. He really liked being able to observe and contribute, initiating little conversations about the plane he saw overhead or the cat nearby. He was a very late talker (due to auditory dyslexia, not signing) and signing was necessary for him to communicate. I applaude you doing it! He's got a great vocabulary already.


I taught Andrew a few signs 18 years ago. Not many, but it certainly made life easier. My favorites were "more" and "enough." At 10 months he could tell me when he wanted out of the swings.

It was wonderful and did not slow down his language learning at all.


Just make those people feel dumb by pointing out that children can comprehend language before they have the ability to speak it, and by using sign language he is actually telling you what he is thinking. My son is 5 now and still uses the sign for more. Also, tell them that baby's that learn how to sign generally start talking sooner and have larger vocabularies. I know all of this because my degree is in ECE and I hold a masters in ed. People fear anything "different" because it makes them feel jealous, incapable...fill in the blank:) Keep it up, the benefits are wonderful!!!

Alison Cummins

I think it's a wonderful idea. I'd heard of it before but had forgotten, and had to ask you to remind me.

There are four languages in common use in your home, which will probably slow his language acquisition, but as long as he can express himself I don't think there's a huge downside to that - and the upsides are several and important.


I would think that boys in particular, being generally more physical and slower to speak, would benefit. You & he lose nothing & gain much by exposing him to as many languages as you are comfortable in. My daughter learned some signs at preschool and in public school kindergarten.


We've taught Little Man a few signs, just a handful really, because he is a late talker. It has really helped reduce his stress level by giving him the ability to communicate his needs and wants.

I wish we had stuck to it and taught him more signs. There are times it really makes things easier. Besides any language that he learns will be a help later in life.


I'm coming to this late, but my daughter still occasionally hauls out her Signing Time DVDs. We got them from the library, and she became so entranced with them that we had to buy them. She hasn't retained much, but she still loves to hear the Silly Pizza song. ;)

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I tried, really I did, to teach my baby boy sign language...
But he was such an incessant babbler, he would not REST until he got his meaning across VERBALLY. (& there are times nowadays when I have to beg for a little Quiet Time for mommy's ears ;-)

ann adams

First. Absent abuse, you don't have to defend your parenting to anyone.

Second. Signing, from what I've read, seems to be a wonderful way of working with very young children. I've read that there are fewer meltdowns for one thing. The child can make his/her wishes known.

Third. Even if it doesn't work perfectly, it certainly won't cause harm and your boy will have another language skill.

I don't see a down side at all.


Is it really that uncommon? I thought it was pretty widely used. I know lots of people who have taught their babies sign language.
...And come to think of it, all those kids were late talkers. Perhaps that's just coincidence, since I've heard statistics that state otherwise.
But regardless, I think it's a useful skill. They're learning to communicate strategically rather than just crying. It's not as though kids who sign never learn to speak. And having another language ability will be valuable in the future as well.

Ashley Benz

I am a speech pathology student, avid signer and advocate for baby signing. The Signing Time videos are my favorite method for teaching children sign. Who wouldn't want to communicate with their little one. Just because orofacial musculature isn't developed doesn't mean kids don't have lots to say. Go you!

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