Sign language is great tool to use to help babies and young toddlers better communicate their needs and wants. Studies show that it alleviates frustration and can actually lead to quicker language development than children who do not use sign language.
I personally can testify to how much easier it was for me when my toddler started using basic sign language to tell me what exactly he wanted!
Check out a sign language book from your local library and start with very basic words that are meaningful, such as mommy, daddy, milk, or more. Go at your child’s speed (don’t push for too much too fast) and you’ll be amazed at the results!
Did you teach your baby to sign words? Which sign helped him or her communicate the most?
Two resources to try (click to learn more):
The Baby Signing Bible by Laura Berg
Baby Sign Language Dictionary – ASL Edition