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.

113 Responses to “Baby Sign Language QuickStart Basics”

  1. Andy

    Our little one is 3 1/2 months old and we want to start early developing her communication skills. We are a bilingual family. Do you believe it would be too much to add the sign language on top of it or do you think it can actually be beneficial for her to link both languages because of signing?

    ADMIN – Hi Andy,

    A lot of bilingual families use signing as a bridge between the two language (so the baby knows that the sign milk, the spoken word milk and the spoken word leche are the same)

  2. Kelly

    My child is 16 months old. Is he too old to start this? Will he benefit from it even though he is older? I want to use it while introducing potty training. Thanks!

    ADMIN – Hi Kelly,

    If your child doesn’t say more than a few words, you are going to see a lot of benefits. If they are already confident with their words, the benefits are going to be less pronounced because it is less developmentally challenging.

  3. Melissa

    I am left handed and my husband is right handed. Does it matter which hand is used to make the signs?

    ADMIN – Hi Melissa,

    The main action is done with your dominant hand. So if you are right handed, the main action is done with your right hand. And if you are left handed, it is done with your left hand.

  4. cortney

    hello I was wandering what is a good age to start my children out with this? I have a month old a two year old and a five year old.

    Hi Courtney,
    Most moms start at month five but we encourage you to integrate basic signs to your routine with baby, toddler and even your five year old. It will be fun for all and it will help baby progress quicker.

  5. Maragete

    Is there an average amount of signs my baby should be doing at a certain age? Like there is an average amount of words they should say at said age. My daughter is 16 months and can sign 24 words, I think that’s amazing!

    ADMIN – Hi Maragete,

    That is epic! We are so happy to hear that your family is enjoying the experience.

    There is a wide variety in signing vocabulary for young children. Some babies have their language window open earlier, and they will sign tens of words before 24 months. Other children have a language window that opens later and will sign only a few words in their first 24 months.

    In much the same way that some children will crawl and walk at different ages, you get a lot of differences in early signing proficiency.


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