Signing: Cry is signed by making a sad and tracing imaginary tears down your face using your index fingers. Start with your index finger extended, just below your eye, and move the index finger down your face.
With emotion based signs like cry and sad, making your face look unhappy and projecting real emotion helps baby understand the meaning. Signing cry, while smiling is confusing!
Usage: The sign cry can be used to label the emotion when Baby or someone else is crying. Being able to label the emotion and share it with you can reduce crying, and avoid contagion when someone nearby is crying. “Julia is crying. Why don’t we go and try to cheer her up?”
Flash Card: Click the link to view the Cry Baby Sign Language Flash Card. The flash cards are printable and available in both U.S. Letter and A4 sizes.