There are tons of benefits to teaching your baby how to communicate using sign language. Not only does it boost brain development, but it also creates a closer parental bond and reduces the amount of fussiness and tears. And believe it or not, babies are fully capable of learning sign language past the 6 month mark!
Most meltdowns are caused by babies not being able to communicate their needs. This often leads to frustration and tears. All moms have been there at one point or another: that feeling of helplessness while trying to comfort an inconsolable baby. Not fun, right?
Studies have shown that parents and babies who are able to communicate effectively using sign language are closer and more in tune with each other, babies have less feelings of “distress”, and parents feel more confident and overall better about their parenting skills.
Early exposure to sign language also helps babies develop language and reasoning skills. While other babies feel the need to yell or cry to get what they want, signing babies are learning how to communicate with words and simple phrases.
Studies have even shown some long-term cognitive benefits such as an IQ advantage, larger speaking vocabulary and ability to form longer sentences, earlier reading and larger reading vocabulary, and better grades in school.
Here are the first ten signs you can teach your baby . . .
Although it may seem overwhelming to have to teach a baby the basics of language (does he even get what I’m saying?), you’d be surprised how much a baby can pick up on through repetition… and a good dose of patience 😉
If you want to jump right in and do it right, this seems like a great resource (including flash cards, dvds, charts, etc…), but it does come at a price!
This site has a post about “the top 5 books to teach your baby sign language”
If you just want a simple chart, you can click here!