Babies have a beautiful way of communicating which is very important for any parent to learn, quickly! It is these cute little gestures that they also understand as opposed to direct words which have zero to minimal effect on the understanding in the beginning stages of learning communication. If we notice carefully, even though we use words to explain them about feeding, walking, keeping quiet, etc but unknowingly we end up showing them with our action/ sign language what we are trying to convey.
Let's test your knowledge, parent or not, and see how much do you understand these sign languages. We have listed a few for you to crack.
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Sign 1: More
This sign can be used by the parents to ask the baby for anything more. Likewise, the baby can use this sign to ask for more of something from parents.
Sign 2: Done
This sign will help babies tell the parent that they completed an activity. In addition, it helps the parent explain that something is over.
Sign 3: Sleep
Parents can use this sign to signal to the baby that it is bedtime. In future, the baby will develop a routine and can use this sign to let you know he/she is tired and wants to sleep.
Sign 4: Medicine
When babies are teething and are in pain, this sign can be used to symbolize the need for medicines to ease the pain.
Sign 5: Eat
It is best to be consistent with your signs and use them frequently when you engage in the particular activity or say the word. When eating, use the "eat" sign and say, "We're going to EAT. Do you want to EAT? Let's EAT another bite." This helps in reinforcing the action so that the child becomes familiar with the sign.
Sign 6: Milk
Remember that context is important. Sign "milk" specifically while feeding your baby by bottle or while nursing, so it is clear to the baby.
Sign 7: Change
This is an important sign because it tells the baby that you are transitioning to another action. Signing "change" will help them understand a particular action is temporary. When you're done, sign "done" and say, "We are DONE," so that your baby knows that the diaper has been changed.
Sign 8: Help
Sometimes you will wonder whether to step in and help or let your baby figure things out for him/herself. This sign will help the baby communicate exactly when he needs your help or that he/she wants to help you.
Sign 9: Bath
Teach your baby words he can practice daily, such as "bath."
Sign 10: Play
Teach signs to your baby gradually. When you think your baby is understanding and signing back, you can teach the baby more signs.
Sign 11: Banana
Teaching your baby signs for different food items can help you learn his/her favorites. "Banana," a common first food, is easy to start with.
Sign 12: Water
Babies may sign differently because their fine motor skills are still developing. Help the baby by trying to understand the signs. If the baby wants water, you can say it and continue to make the sign correctly.
Sign 13: Book
Use a simple sign for book to encourage the baby to read and learn.
Sign 14: Dog
Using a motion to mimic an action such as patting your leg to call a dog is instinctive. This sign will naturally be picked up bu the baby.
Sign 15: Cat
Maintain eye contact to make signs while saying it so your baby can see it clearly, so that the baby can connect the sign and the word.
Sign 16: Share
Be patient with your baby and do not compare your baby to others. Some babies may require more time to sign with dexterity.
Sign 17: Bread
Some babies may grunt or pant when their parents sign, others may laugh or smile. These are indications that your baby is receptive when you try to communicate.
Sign 18: Ball
Use signs in a fun way rather than making it appear like an exercise.
Sign 19: Please
This sign instils communication skills and manners in your baby at a young age.
Sign 20: Thank You
Baby sign language helps your child communicate with you earlier and with ease. Association of words with actions also helps babies speak sooner.
Sign 21: Apple
Your baby's signing repertoire can grow with his or her interests. This can help your baby make connections easily. For example, if you notice she likes pictures of animals in books, teach her words like "dog" and "bird." If she likes apples, teach her this sign.