When we moved to Massachusetts, Emma (now seven years old) was nine months old. I decided that I wanted to teach her sign language. I taught myself a bunch of signs frequently used with babies, and she learned along with me – with great success! By the time she was 18 months old she could sign over 200 words! Signing with Emma was wonderful – it was so easy to communicate with her! We could tell her to be quiet in church without saying a word, and during play dates I could sign share instead of having to talk to her about it. I planned to do the same with Johnny, but he was an early talker, and just didn’t seem to care much. Then Lily came along and I had three children under four, plus she was another early talker. I didn’t even try. Now Anna is nine months old and not talking, so when I was offered the chance to review the Deluxe Baby Sign Language Kit I jumped at the chance to bring sign language back into our family!
This baby sign language kit comes with a poster of basic signs, a teaching guide, and a signing dictionary, but my favorite feature is the flash cards! These cards are made like very durable board book pages, and Anna loves looking at them. She is a little young to interpret the drawings, but they are fun for her to manipulate and Emma, at age 7, can look at the pictures and learn/re-learn signs. The dictionary has most of the words you would need to sign with your baby, and there are some wonderful signing references online that you can use to expand your vocabulary. Johnny (now 5 years old) and Lily (now 3 years old) weren’t very interested in signing as babies, but they think it is really neat now! I love that this kit has brought sign language back into our home, beyond the few signs we had held onto from Emma’s babyhood!
Did you use sign language with your baby? Have you used it with older children?