Video: Behave in Baby Sign Language

Signing: behave is signed by taking both hands open and palms facing forward, then swish the hands back and forth in concert.

Behave in Baby Sign Language
Figure: Behave in Baby Sign Language

Usage: Behave is a subtle way of admonishing a child without drawing a lot of attention to you or the child. This makes the sign a great way to stop an escalating tantrum. A sharp look, along with the sign can quickly put a toddler that they are on warning without you needing to raise your voice or create a scene. It also gives the child a chance to correct their behavior before it gets out of hand.

Behave Flash Card Thumbnail

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

Related Signs:

Angry, Tired.

2 Responses to “Behave”


    I want to learn sign language what is the best app. I work with people that can’t hear or talk I want to communicate with them better. Thank You

    ADMIN – Hi Joann,

    Your best bet is not an app. Consider taking a class. Many public libraries offer freebies.

  2. Yvonne

    Hi, how do you say ‘Be gentle’ or ‘easy does it’. My client gets very enthusiastic & throws head or body back and sometimes hurts us with this. She is not really misbehaving. Opposite of rough, maybe. Thank you ;)

    ADMIN – Hi Yvonne,

    Here is the link for the baby sign we use to communicate gentleness.

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