Benefits of Baby Sign Language

Baby Sign Language has three types of benefits:

  1. Practical: less fussing and more fun.
  2. Emotional: creates a closer parental bond.
  3. Cognitive: boosts brain development.

Fewer Tantrums and More Fun

When babies can’t communicate constructively they get frustrated, leading to tantrums and meltdowns. We have all experienced the feeling of helplessness when trying to comfort an inconsolable baby, guessing at what they want.

Baby Sign Language lets babies communicate what they want. They can tell you if they want their teddy bear, when they are hungry, if it is too hot, or if their tummy hurts. Families that sign report that both parents and child experience less frustration.

Spending hours trying to guess why your baby is distraught is a useless way to lose a night of sleep. Baby Sign Language helps both you and your baby address the root cause of tantrums and allows both of you to spend more time enjoying each other’s company.

Ted Having Fun With Baby Sign Language
Pediatrician Approved

Enjoy a Closer Bond

When you and your baby are able to communicate, it forges a closer bond. When you and your baby can understand each other, it increases the feeling of closeness.

Studies report the emotional benefits of signing, including:

  • Parents and children that sign report feeling closer and more tuned in to each other
  • Babies that sign have fewer moments of distress
  • Parents report feeling better about themselves and more confident about parenting
Amelie Playing a Signing Game
Reduces Frustration

A Smarter Baby

Early exposure to signing helps babies develop their language and reasoning skills. While other babies are still yelling to get what they want, signing babies are learning how to communicate with words and simple phrases.

Studies show long-term cognitive benefits, including:

  • +12 IQ point advantage
  • Larger speaking vocabulary and ability to form longer sentences
  • Earlier reading and larger reading vocabulary
  • Better grades in school
Tilly Reading and Signing

Associated with higher IQ

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15 Responses to “Benefits of Baby Sign Language”

  1. Sally Casey

    Hi, I was just wondering if I can get your baby sign language kit anywhere in Australia? Cheers, Sally

    ADMIN – Hi Sally,

    We aren’t in any retail stores in Australia. But, we do ship to Australia.

  2. Lorraine

    My son is almost 16 months old. Is it to late to start teaching him BSL?

    ADMIN – Hi Lorraine,

    It is never too late, the advantage of starting later is that they tend to catch on much quicker. If it something you would both enjoy doing, I would go for it.

  3. jean

    I loved this article and the part about how it makes children smarter is definitely true. I learned sign language in elementary school as I had 2 friends who were deaf and I picked it up quickly and used it years later. I have a daughter who is now 4 1/2 and is very bright and I attribute signing to her as a baby as well as speaking an additional language to her for that. She not only is able to read, do simple math, and knows her whole alphabet and numbers 1-20 in ASL as well as 15 other signs. So yes sign to your babies and you’ll see the results a few years down the line.

  4. Nora Hill

    Would love to know more about BSL. It is a new concept for me to be able to communicate with your baby before using words

    ADMIN – Hi Nora,

    I encourage you to read our quick starter guide. If you are deeply curious and you want to use advanced methods our teaching guide available though our shop will show you the best ways to teach your child how to sign.

  5. Leslie

    I am 7 weeks and 3 days pregnant but I have always said that once I have a baby I would teach either girl or boy baby sign language. It has so many benefits and my main interest is for a smoother communication channel, as to being aware of the baby needs and desires and avoid tantrums as much as possible. I am Puertorrican and my husband Egyptian. At first I was a little worried about the three language factor and adjusting to the cards but as I read the comments I saw replies from the website saying to place the word in the other languages with tape to tell the baby and not have a problem with limiting the language. We plan to teach the baby Arabic, Spanish and English. Honestly, I find that mothers and fathers that take the interest, effort and time to teach their kids this method end up having a reward, either in parenthood and child’s education. Anyways, I hope to be purchasing a kit soon, mean while the dictionary is very useful.


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