Eat / Food

Video: Eat in Sign Language

Signing: Make the sign for eat by taking you strong hand, with the tip of your thumb touching the tips of your fingers and tapping it on your mouth. (The universal sign for eating) The same sign is used for food.

Eat in Baby Sign Language
Figure: Eat in Baby Sign Language

Usage: Eat is one of the most common first signs. Make the sign whenever you offer food to baby, when she eats, and just after she has finished. Baby will be highly motivated to learn this sign, and will quickly learn that using the sign enables her to get food when she is hungry. Hungry fussing be gone!

As baby gets more advanced, start introducing the names of specific foods, so along with the general word eat, baby starts using more specific words like banana, or cheese.

Eat Flash Card Thumbnail

Flash Card: Click the link to view the Eat Baby Sign Language Flash Card. The flash cards are printable and available in both U.S. Letter and A4 sizes.

Related Signs: More, All Done, Water, Milk

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2 Responses to “Eat / Food”

  1. Nicole

    I love you flash cards, they are really helping me! Will the flash card for “eat” be up soon? Thanks!

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