As a parent, not being able to understand what your baby wants can be frustrating. What if we told you that your baby’s language skills are already there from its birth, and all you need to do is teach them.
Most parents will resort using baby sign language to decode the googoos and the gaagaas, albeit with a lot of skepticism. They often doubt the end result, which is getting their babies eventually to speak. They think that teaching sign language will delay the speech development as babies will resort to using gestures over words.
Having said this, research1 on baby sign language has actually found that teaching baby signs improved the baby’s rate of verbal development and also strengthened the bond between the child and the parents. The best part, teaching your baby sign language doesn’t require you to acquire their first language, which is beneficial in
What Is Your Baby Saying?
There are numerous online links available that decode baby sign language. You can take advantage of these and communicate better and faster with your baby. Additionally, the child too becomes less irritable once they can convey what they want. This is good news, for it means lesser tantrums and a better relationship.
To begin with the sign language training, (and you can start as early as three months) here are some things to do:
- Begin small: Start small with only 3 to 5 signs for things that you need to interact on a constant basis such as milk, more and eat.
- Use it every time: Every time you talk to your baby, use those to denote your discussion.
- Complicate as your baby learns: As soon as your baby starts picking up these signs, go for more complicated ones like banana or apple. Continue using the old ones and the new ones.
- Have patience: It takes time for babies to
- Keep yourself updated about baby sign language: Read books on it, take a class or watch videos that will help you teach better.
Your baby might not say much when they are born but here’s the miracle, their language skills are already there in their DNA from their birth.