Baby Sign Language Quick Start

This guide will have you ready to start teaching your child Baby Sign Language in just 5 minutes. It includes:

  1. Starter Signs: Learn mom, dad, eat, milk, and dog.
  2. Teaching Signing: Learn how to teach your child the signs.
  3. Signing Kit: Get guaranteed faster results with the Baby Sign Language Kit.

Baby Sign Language Basics

1. Your First Five Signs

We start by introducing signs that your baby will use frequently every day and will be motivated to learn. We recommend the following five signs:

(If those signs don’t make sense for your family, there are other great  starter sign options on the Top 10 Starter Signs page.)

Top Five Starter Signs (Mom, Dad, Eat, Milk, Dog)

2. Teaching Your Baby

These four principles show you how to teach sign language to your baby:

  • Fun – Keep signing playful and focused on motivating signs.
  • Repetition – Incorporate signing in your daily routines.
  • Encourage – Reward progress with praise & attention.
  • Expand – Grow vocabulary based on your baby’s interests.
Teaching Baby Sign Language Quick Start

3. Sign Faster and Easier
with the Full Kit

Our award-winning Baby Sign Language Kits get your baby signing faster.

  • DVDs – Your baby learns to sign while being entertained by the music of Rachel Coleman & the Signing Time Crew.
  • Flash Cards – Extend your baby’s vocabulary to people, foods, and animals with these sturdy flash cards.
  • Teaching Guide – Utilize advanced topics for faster results, potty training, and transitioning to speech.
  • Signing Dictionary – Have the right sign at your fingertips to satisfy your child’s curiosity.
  • Wall Chart – Help grandparents, babysitters, and caregivers learn the basic signs.

117 Responses to “Baby Sign Language QuickStart Basics”

    • Baby Sign Language Administrator

      Hi Ken, Absolutely, though this wouldn’t preclude them from trying to utter their first words (or babble) with each other either. 🙂

      Reply
  1. Alissa McClure

    Howdy,
    I was given some of your DVDs and don’t have a player. After watching a few of your introductory videos, I’d like to know if you have downloadable content for sale in lieu of DVDs?
    Thank you!
    Alissa

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    • Baby Sign Language Administrator

      Hi Alissa, Thanks for asking. Have you tried playing the DVDs on your PC’s/laptop’s CD/CD-ROM player? That should work fine. Cheers.

      Reply
  2. LAURA GORDON

    THIS LESSON CONFIRMED WHAT I HAD LEARNED WITH MY DEAF SON, AND WE ARE LEARNING MORE AND MORE SIGNS DAILY. THANK YOU!

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  3. toni amado

    We have used the ‘milk’ sign, ‘eat’, ‘more’, and ‘all done’. It’s so amazing! I will be ordering a kit as well.

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    • Jennifer

      I’ll be ordering a copy of the book for signing to help my son learn easier!!!

      Reply
  4. Leanne

    If a grandparent is called nana or papa would you will use the grandmother and grandfather sign?

    ADMIN – Hi Leanne,

    Yes, the sign is for the relationship and not for the naming attribute.

    Reply
  5. Margaret Hallock

    Great stuff! The Basics/Quickstart info helps us know where to begin learning and teaching sign language to our kids. Keep up the awesome work!

    Reply
  6. Brianna

    Is there a separate sign for nursing? Or should I just use milk for both a bottle and nursing?

    ADMIN – Hi Brianna,

    I use the same sign for simplicity

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  7. Brittany Pugh

    At what age do you recommend starting to teach signs to a baby?

    ADMIN – Hi Brittany,
    We have seen the highest levels of impact when parents begin using between six to eight months.

    Reply
  8. Victoria

    Is this American Sign Language, or are any of them made up “baby signs”?

    ADMIN – Hi victoria,

    It is adapted ASL. This means some signs have been simplified to match the motor skills of a baby.

    Reply
  9. Jennifer

    This was very helpful! I am definitely getting your Baby Sign Language book!

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    • Baby Sign Language Administrator

      Great to hear that, Jennifer. Let us know how it goes once you’ve ordered the book for signing. Have fun learning with your son!

      Reply
  10. Shawndra Higgins

    My husband keeps thinking that the 10 week old babies that are signing are just super smart babies. I think it’s due to the amount of exposure and/or better fine motor skills the baby may have. Can you set us straight? lol

    ADMIN – Hi Shawdra,

    It is not a matter of IQ. It is generally a matter of engagement and environment.

    Reply
  11. Shawndra Higgins

    The more I learn about ASL, the more fascinated and intimidated I get. ♥

    Reply

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