When I was pregnant with Livi, we went to a couple of childbirth and baby care classes. During one class they mentioned baby sign language. I found the idea interesting but was not convinced. They recommended to start teaching at around 6 months.
Enter Livi at 6 months old; we were still in full blown survival mode and I had more pressing issues on my mind than baby sign language.
When Livi was about 1 year old, we came across a board book called Baby Signs. I liked the idea of using a board book to teach the signs and Livi seemed interested in the pictures, so we bought it.
I am glad we did. Livi loves the book. She loves looking at the pictures of the baby, pointing out things, and listening to me describe everything to her.
But most importantly, she is learning the signs along the way. It does not even take a lot of effort. A short time after showing her a new sign, she is able to use it on her own.
It is amazing how fast she is learning and how much fun she has using the signs. She gets so excited when we acknowledge what she is signing and give her what she is asking for.
At the same time, she is learning to say new words in record speed. Just this weekend we were talking to her grandparents via Skype and out of the blue she repeated a word they used, one we had never said to her before.
Livi is not a patient or calm toddler and gets frustrated easily. Not surprisingly, not being able to tell us what she wants frustrates her immensely. Since she has been learning signs, this has also gotten better.
I am really glad we decided to teach her a few signs. It is amazing to watch her use them to “talk” to us and it is so much fun to see her excitement when we understand her.
Did you teach your baby sign language? What was your experience?