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sign language??

I was wondering if you feel baby sign language, which is so popular now, is really worth learning. When my boys were young we knew exactly what they were "saying" with their gestures before they could talk. We could communicate very easily with them. Just wondering what your opinions are.


Asked by elizabr at 3:31 PM on Jul. 2, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I think it's VERY useful, since when babies know the proper sign, it's easier for nursery workers to discern a child's need, when they may not be as familiar with their "verbal expressions". It's a wonderful universal language, if people would take the time to learn it, it'd be great! :)

    Answer by doodlebopfan at 3:39 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • My son knew a few signs, more, please, milk- i thought it was really helpful, I wish I would have taught him more!

    Answer by skittles1108 at 3:35 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • My daughter's DCP taught simple signs like milk, more, and please. It was great taking away a lot of guessing what she needed.

    She still learns some signs at 2.5 yrs, like 'shark' and 'snake'. It's fun to watch her demonstrate.

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 3:35 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • My dd knew words like more and barney (her fav. show) and a few more. It was really helpful!! She learned them between 6 and 9 months and used them til she could talk really well.

    Answer by ria7 at 3:40 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • I taught all my kids ASL - it is VERY helpful! Especially when they are older and have strep throat or something else where they can't actually speak!

    Answer by Mommy_0f_many at 3:41 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • Little Einstein's First Signs DVD teaches the signs for Mommy, Daddy, Baby, Eat, Drink, Milk, Cereal, Please, Thank you, Play, Friend, Blanket, Sleep, Bath, Ball, and some others I'm not remembering. Also, the BabyTV channel on Dish has some sign language as well. I love learning it, and can recognize my son's signs (he's a little delayed verbally) sooner than his words, although he does use them both together. The sign language didn't prevent him from talking, it actually helped him to. :)

    Answer by doodlebopfan at 3:43 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

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