Baby Sign Language Dictionary: Top Ten Starter Signs
When first starting out with baby sign language, you will want to do just a few signs that you repeat over and over. Once your baby learns these first few signs you can expand your repertoire. You want to start out with signs that you can use frequently and that represent something compelling to your baby.
A – Friends & Family Signs
Signs referring to important people in your baby’s life are early favorites. Not only will your baby love signing them, adults love teaching baby their sign – so you will get a lot of help from dads and older children here.
- Mommy – there is nothing more important in baby’s life than her mom. The two of you spend a lot of time together so your baby is going to be highly motivated to learn how to sign mom.
- Daddy – dads tend to be highly motivated to teach baby how to say dad. Harness their competitive spirit to teach your baby this second sign.
- Friends/Family – if you have friends or family that spend a lot of time with your baby, they are perfect collaborators to help teach your baby another sign. Have them sign the appropriate sign when they approach your child. For example, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandmother, or grandfather.
- Pets – most babies get really excited when a family pet is nearby. This makes dog or cat great starter signs.
B – Food
We all know babies love to eat, so choose one or two signs associated with food and take advantage of your baby’s motivation to gain some control over their feeding schedule.
- Milk – if your baby is drinking milk, whether breast milk, formula, or cow’s milk, this is a great starter sign
- Eat – lets your baby signal they are hungry in a constructive way, without fussing.
- More – is a really easy sign to teach and lets your baby tell you when they haven’t quite had enough. More is often the first sign babies learn.
- All Done – allows baby to tell you when they have finished with their food. Babies dislike being fed beyond fullness so this is a great sign for them to gain some control.
C – Experiences/Feelings
It is also good to pick a couple of signs associated with one of your baby’s favorite things or favorite experiences.
- Toy – choose a favorite toy, such as baby’s rubber duck or teddy bear
- Diaper – for some babies, having a soiled diaper is a really big deal and they love having a way to communicate when they need a change
- Happy – happy is a great celebratory sign that you can do with your baby after you have had a good giggle together
- Book -for babies that love their story time, the book sign is a good starter sign because your baby is looking forward to story time all day
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Baby Sign Language Guide Book shows you how to teach your child how to sign. The book begins with a Quick Start Guide that will teach you your first signs and having you ready to sign in 30 minutes. As your baby progresses, you can delve into more advanced topics like combining signs to make phrases, using props, and transitioning to speech. (Regularly $19.95)
Baby Sign Language Dictionary contains over 600 signs including the most common words, the alphabet and numbers. The dictionary helps you expand your child’s vocabulary, and has the breadth of coverage that lets you follow any child’s natural interests. Each sign is illustrated with two or more diagrams, showing you the starting position, the ending position, and intermediate motion. This makes learning new signs easy. (Regularly $19.95)
Baby Sign Language Flash Cards include 52 sturdy board (4×6 inches) flash cards, covering a variety of basic signs. The flash cards allow you to teach words, such as animal names, that Baby is not exposed to in everyday life. The face of the flash cards shows the word and image for the child. The back of the flash cards show how the sign is performed, a handy reminder for the adult. (Regularly $24.95)
Baby Sign Language Wall Chart includes 22 basic signs, and makes a handy reminder for caregivers. The Baby Sign Language Wall Chart covers basic signs, like eat, drink, and sleep. Hang the poster in Baby’s Nursery to help babysitters, or other occasional caregivers learn and decode the most commonly used baby signs. (Regularly $9.95)
Baby Sign Language Guide Book
Learn the best techniques for effectively teaching baby sign language. Including:
• Quick Start Guide – learn the first 10 signs and the basic principles required to start teaching your baby to sign (Chapter 1).
• Advanced Teaching Methods – use teaching aids like books, flash cards, and toys to keep lessons interesting and challenging (Chapter 5).
• Phrases – teach your baby to combine signs and communicate more complex thoughts (Chapter 6).
• Taming the Terrible Twos – reduce frustration and tantrums by enabling your toddler to communicate (Chapter 7).
• Transitioning to Speech – use sign language to expedite and improve speech development (Chapter 8).
Baby Sign Language Flash Cards
52 high quality flash cards (4 x 6″). Featuring:
• Clean Images – real life pictures, isolated on a white background to make learning easier.
• Signs on the Rear – diagrams on the back illustrating the signign motion in case you need a reminder.
• Baby Friendly – printed on thick stock so little hands can play with the cards and they will live to play another day.
Baby Sign Language Dictionary
The Baby Sign Language Dictionary includes :
• Words (500+) – learn signs for nearly every topic of interest.
• Letters – sign the alphabet and teach basic spelling.
• Numbers (0-10) – introduce counting and basic mathematics.
Baby Sign Language Wall Chart
The full color wall chart (24 x 36″) includes 17 everyday signs. Use the wall chart for:
• Caregivers – help babysitters and other caregivers learn the basic signs so they can understand baby’s signs.
• Family – teach family the basic signs so they can join in the fun.