Video: Birthday in Baby Sign Language

Signing: Birthday has many variants in ASL. For purposes of Baby Sign Language, we choose one of the easiest and most common variants. You taken your dominant hand, with fingers open and middle finger extended forward. Touch your middle finger on your chin and then on your chest.

Birthday in Baby Sign Language
Figure: Birthday in Baby Sign Language

Usage: First and second birthdays are a big deal for parents, but babies don’t always understand the significance. You can help babies prepare for the event by going through picture books about birthdays and learn about games, and cake, and candles so they are ready when the big day comes.

Birthday Flash Card Thumbnail

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

Related Signs:

Party, Cake, Gift.

5 Responses to “Birthday”

  1. Ashley

    This will come in handy thank you my best friend will be surprised when I show her how much I learned American Sign Language…

  2. Sara


    Ummm…how do you sign the word “birth” by itself?
    and can you please add the word in video?

    Thank you! :)

    ADMIN – Hi Sara,
    You hold the palm of your hand near your stomach The left hand is coving the right hand. The right slips downward and outward representing the motion of a baby out of a womb.

  3. Kayley

    How do you write the signs to birthday and beaver? Thanks!!

    ADMIN – Hi Kayley,

    The sign for birthday is on the link you left this comment. To sign beaver place your non-dominant arm with elbow bent parallel to your body with a flat palm facing your face. Proceed to tap the back of your lower arm with your middle and pointer finger making a claw. Tap twice.

  4. J Luther

    So these movements have no real association to the concept?

    ADMIN – Hi Luther,

    Not in this instance. But generally speaking there is some association.

  5. Barbara

    How does this mean “birthday”?
    Thank you!

    ADMIN-Hi Barbara,
    There are many variants by region for the sign for happy birthday. The one we picked was based on simplicity not necessarily based on what it means or how the movements are associated to the concept.

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