Baby Sign Language Dictionary

The baby sign language dictionary includes over 600 common signs. Start with the Top 10 Starter Signs, then expand following baby’s interest. For each word, there is a video, diagram, and teaching notes to make learning new signs easy.

A Again Airplane All Done Apple Apple more…
B Ball Bear Bed Bird Book more…
C Car Cat Cereal Cheese Cow more…
D Daddy Deer Diaper Dog Dress more…
E Earring Eat Egg Elephant Excited more…
F Fan Finished Fish Flower Friend more…
G Giraffe Girl Good Grandpa Grandma more…
H Happy Hello Hot House Horse more…
I I Love You Ice Ice Cream In Island more…
J Jam Jelly Jesus Juice Jump more…
K Kangaroo Key Kiss Kitchen Kite more…
L Laugh Leaf Light Lion Love more…
M Milk Mommy Money Monkey Moon more…
N Nanny Napkin Nice Night No more…
O Ocean Octopus Off On Open more…
P Panda Peach Pear Pig Play more…
Q Queen Quick Quiet Quilt
R Rain Rainbow Red Rock Rice more…
S Sad Sheep Shirt Shoes Sign more…
T Table Telephone Thank You Thirsty Tiger more…
U Umbrella Uncle Under Up Upstairs more…
V Vegetable
W Wagon Walk Want Wash Water more…
X Xylophone
Y Yell Yellow Yes Yogurt Yucky more…
Z Zebra Zoo Zipper

For babies just beginning their signing journey, start with the top ten starter baby signs. From there, follow your baby’s interests to find new words that baby is motivated to learn. To help you teach words that you don’t encounter a lot in real life you can print out the baby sign language flash cards.

For signs that are not included in the dictionary, post a comment telling us the signs you want and we will try to add them during our next round of revisions. In the meantime, you can either:

  • Substitute – substitute a word close in meaning. For example, many people use the word up, instead of carry me.
  • Improvise – create your own signs using a memorable gesture. In the signing community, these improvised signs are called home signs. Just be sure to keep a record of your improvised signs, they are easy to forget!
  • ASL Dictionary – you can find nearly any sign your heart desires in one of these full ASL dictionaries. Lifeprint, Handspeak, or ASL Pro.

If you found this information useful, check out our award winning baby sign language kits. The kits make teaching Baby Sign Language faster and easier. Baby can learn signs while being entertained by the Signing Time DVDs, or learn new signs with the Sign Language Flash Cards.

Baby Sign Language Kit

The Baby Sign Language Kits include everything you need to get started with signing, at a steep discount. The Deluxe Kit includes: (1) Signing Time DVD, (2) Baby Sign Language Guide Book; (3) Baby Sign Language Dictionary: (4) Baby Sign Language Flash Cards; and (5) Baby Sign Language Wall Chart.

Baby Sign Language Guide Book shows you how to teach your child how to sign. The book begins with a Quick Start Guide that will teach you your first signs and having you ready to sign in 30 minutes. As your baby progresses, you can delve into more advanced topics like combining signs to make phrases, using props, and transitioning to speech. (Regularly $19.95)

Baby Sign Language Dictionary contains over 600 signs including the most common words, the alphabet and numbers. The dictionary helps you expand your child’s vocabulary, and has the breadth of coverage that lets you follow any child’s natural interests. Each sign is illustrated with two or more diagrams, showing you the starting position, the ending position, and intermediate motion. This makes learning new signs easy.  (Regularly $19.95)

Baby Sign Language Flash Cards include 52 sturdy board (4×6 inches) flash cards, covering a variety of basic signs. The flash cards allow you to teach words, such as animal names, that Baby is not exposed to in everyday life. The face of the flash cards shows the word and image for the child. The back of the flash cards show how the sign is performed, a handy reminder for the adult.  (Regularly $24.95)

Baby Sign Language Wall Chart includes 22 basic signs, and makes a handy reminder for caregivers. The Baby Sign Language Wall Chart covers basic signs, like eat, drink, and sleep. Hang the poster in Baby’s Nursery to help babysitters, or other occasional caregivers learn and decode the most commonly used baby signs.  (Regularly $9.95)

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Video: Baby Sign Language Guide Book

Baby Sign Language Guide Book

Learn the best techniques for effectively teaching baby sign language. Including:

•  Quick Start Guide – learn the first 10 signs and the basic principles required to start teaching your baby to sign (Chapter 1).

•  Advanced Teaching Methods – use teaching aids like books, flash cards, and toys to keep lessons interesting and challenging (Chapter 5).

•  Phrases – teach your baby to combine signs and communicate more complex thoughts (Chapter 6).

•  Taming the Terrible Twos – reduce frustration and tantrums by enabling your toddler to communicate (Chapter 7).

•  Transitioning to Speech – use sign language to expedite and improve speech development (Chapter 8).

Baby Sign Language Kit

Sarah learned her first 10 signs at six month and it made our lives much easier. Instead of screaming, she could tell us when she was hungry, thirsty, or tired. She learned another 50 signs by nine months and that was a blast. Now she is talking much earlier than the other children in her preschool and we think it is because of her signing.

We can’t imagine missing out on all the little things she shared with baby sign language. Thank You!

– Bennett & Melissa Z., CA

Pediatrician Approved

“It’s easy to see why so many parents swear by it, why child care centers include it in their infant and toddler classrooms, and why it has become so commonplace as an activity of daily learning … we approve.”

Heading Home With Your Newborn (Second Edition)

Dr. Laura A. Jana MD FAAP & Dr .Jennifer Shu MD FAAP

American Academy of Pediatricians

Video: Baby Sign Language Flash Cards

Baby Sign Language Flash Cards

52 high quality flash cards (4 x 6″). Featuring:

•  Clean Images – real life pictures, isolated on a white background to make learning easier.

•  Signs on the Rear – diagrams on the back illustrating the signign motion in case you need a reminder.

•  Baby Friendly – printed on thick stock so little hands can play with the cards and they will live to play another day.

Baby Sign Language Kit

I was thrilled to see how easy the signs were for Abigail (3) and Eden (21 months). Much to my surprise they could figure out many of the signs from the flashcards on their own.

– Carrie P., TX

Study: Signing Enriches

“The Sign Training group told us over and over again … [signing] made communication easier and interactions more positive.”

“these data demonstrate clearly that … [signing] … seems to “jump start” verbal development”

“can facilitate and enrich interactions between parent and child”

Impact of Symbolic Gesturing on Early Language Development

Dr. Susan Goodwyn, Dr. Linda Acredolo, & Dr. Catherine Brown

Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

Video: Baby Sign Language Dictionary

Baby Sign Language Dictionary

The Baby Sign Language Dictionary includes :

•  Words (500+) – learn signs for nearly every topic of interest.

•  Letters – sign the alphabet and teach basic spelling.

•  Numbers (0-10) – introduce counting and basic mathematics.

Baby Sign Language Kit

Nicholas loves his signs and it lights up our lives every time he shares one of his little secrets. He is so observant, and we would miss it all without the signs.

– Donald Family, NY

Video: Baby Sign Language Wall Chart

Baby Sign Language Wall Chart

The full color wall chart (24 x 36″) includes 17 everyday signs. Use the wall chart for:

•  Caregivers – help babysitters and other caregivers learn the basic signs so they can understand baby’s signs.

•  Family – teach family the basic signs so they can join in the fun.

Baby Sign Language Kit

Everyone thought I was nuts when I started. A month later, all my friends saw Michelle’s first signs. Then they wanted to know how they could start.

Michelle is talking now and doesn’t sign much anymore, but it gave her a headstart over other children her age. Everyone says she talks like a three year old. Now she is helping me teach her baby brother Jordan how to sign.

– Adelaide S., CA

Study: Better in School

A group of second graders who signed as infants, performed better academically than a control group six years later. The signers had a 12 IQ point advantage.

Longterm Impact of Symbolic Gesturing During Infancy at Age 8

Dr. Linda P. Acredolo (Professor, U.C. Davis)

Dr. Susan W. Goodwyn (Professor, California State University)

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As you can tell, we love Baby Sign Language. It transformed the way we interacted with our children, and we want every family to have the opportunity. Baby Sign Language will make a difference for your child. Give it a try.

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67 Responses to “Baby Sign Language Dictionary”

  1. Sher

    In noticing the comment requesting sign for lady-bird, Americans would typically call it a ladybug. I don’t know the sign but I’m sure you can find it that way. 🙂

    ADMIN – Hi Sher,

    I fully forgot about that. Start with your dominant hand with fist closed and thumb up and make a circle in front of your face. Close the circle by moving your index and middle finger in a quotation motion.

  2. Ryte

    What would be the sign fo “lady-bird”, please?

    ADMIN – Hi Ryte,

    Lady-bird as in female bird or as in first lady?

  3. Jessica

    Hi I’m wondering if your DVDs will play in my region? I’m in Australia and the resources for baby signing are limited. Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Jessica,

    Per the reports we have received from other customers the videos play globally.

  4. Eboney

    Are these American Sign Language or makaton signs. We are in Australia and would love signs that could be used with the deaf community here too

    ADMIN – Hi Eboney,

    Our program is based on American Sign Language with some modifications in order to make it simple for limited fine motor skills.

  5. Bridget Milik

    Can you add the sign mine?

    ADMIN – Hi Bridget,

    We have added your request to our queue. Signs are created as resources permit. If you wish to accelerate your request you can contact me at [email protected]

  6. rao

    What about “Good Job”, or “Naughty”, also can “Behave” be used the same as “Behavior”?

    ADMIN – Hi Rao,

    Thanks for your suggestions. We will add them to our development queue.

  7. beth

    i really enjoy your site and have been using many signs with my 11 month old daughter.

    i was wondering if there is a sign for “babywearing”? a sign which would mean baby is going “up into the carrier”? (but something more specific than “up”)

    ADMIN – Hi Beth,

    For babywearing (something like a Baby Bjorn, or a SleepyWrap), I would use up and then hug.

  8. Addie Corro

    I would like to become a instructor i’ve been learning a lot with signing time !!

    ADMIN-Hi Addie,
    To become an instructor please contact us at [email protected]

  9. Michelle Fling

    Do you have an app for the dictionary? I find that I use my phone a lot to look up
    the signs. Just curious. But it is a great website. 🙂

    ADMIN – Hi Michelle,

    We currently don’t have an app. We are delighted you are enjoying the free resources.

  10. Sarah

    I was wondering what the sign for iPad would be? trying to have nonverbal child to ask for things..thanks!

    ADMIN – Hi Sarah

    We like to use a sign in which the non-dominant hand becomes the pad and you swipe a finger from the dominant hand on the palm of the non-dominant hand.

  11. Kasia

    Ever since hearing about baby signing I wanted to try it once I have children. Now finally after 4 months I have my first sign back! I hope the others will follow 🙂

    One question I have: very often my little girl is repeatedly touching her index finger to the palm of the other hand. Could that be a sign she picked up in daycare, or is it just a failed attempt at clapping?

    ADMIN – Hi Kasia,

    That is great to hear … what an amazing feeling! (For the benefit of our other readers, it is worth noting that this is extremely young and not at all typical)

    Ask her teachers, but my guess is that it is most likely just something she likes doing. That doesn’t sound like any of the beginner signs that she is likely to have learned in school.

  12. Charity

    Our son is 20 months old and does not say many words so we are working with him on some baby sign language and it seems to be helping us communicate with him. I have a daughter who is 15 and we are trying to get our son to say “sissy” or her name, Hope, but to no avail on either. What is the sign for “Hope”?

    Having/knowing this will help my daughter to communicate with her brother directly and in such a way that they will both know that they are talking about/to her directly.

    Hi Charity, the sign for “Hope” is quite complex and difficult to modify for the limited motor skills of a little one. You may want to consider teaching him to sign for sister

  13. Jonna

    Hi, I’d like to teach my daughter how to sign. She is 14 months old. I was wondering what’s the best way to begin? Only start teaching one sign at a time? One per week, month? Thanks so much 😉

    ADMIN: I encourage you to take our baby sign language class where you can learn all about the best methods to teach baby

  14. Joann Woolley

    Babies are born readily making associations. It doesn’t take 6 months for them to begin understanding the signs. I’m a CODA and signed with my babies from birth and they all could understand a few signs within those first few months, especially MILK!

  15. Julie Hardy

    My son is 2 months old is it to early to start signing? Or is it better to start the earlier the better?

    ADMIN – Hi Julie,

    Starting earlier is always better, but you have to be prepared to be more patient to see results. For example, if you started at 2 months, you might have to wait 6 months to see results. While if you started at 9 months, you might see results in 1-2 months.

    Deaf families often start at birth, signing to their babies in the same way the hearing community talks to their children, and the deaf community routinely sees very early signing (around 6 months old).

  16. Danusia

    What does putting one’s two index fingers together (and bumping the tips together) mean? Thanks!

    ADMIN – Hi Danusia,

    It could be an approximation of more or hurt. You child’s teachers (or whomever taught them the sign) will be able to help you decode it.

  17. Yasmine

    Can you please add the word bored? I cant find it..thank you

    ADMIN – Hi Yasmine,

    Bored is signed by twisting your index finger by the side of your nose.

  18. Sarah

    What is the sign for “ouch,” “ouwie,” “hurts,” “booboo,” or “pain?” Thanks, Sarah

    ADMIN – Hi Sarah,

    To sign hurt, you take your two pointer fingers and touch them together. To indicate the place where it hurts, you make the sign over that spot.

  19. Sarah

    What is the sign for Pacifier? Or “Binkie?” Thank you!

    ADMIN – Hi Sarah,

    We just added the sign. You can find it in the dictionary.

  20. lulu

    This is such a wonderful site! When I first heard of baby sign language, I could not believe it! Now, this is something I think is very useful, even more so now that I know it is the same signs as ASL!

  21. vasunddhra

    Hi, I am new this concept, it is not done in India. But, I want to purchase your kit and do baby sign language with my child. Thank you for this great website.

  22. Sarah B.

    This is such a great site!! My daughter was born 3 months early and she’s a little behind in her speech. They suggested teaching her signs and she already knows how to sign “more” after 1 day! I can’t wait to teach her more words! The videos are really helpful too!! Could you add ‘closed’ to your list? Thank you!!!

  23. Ryan

    Excellent website. I love the video examples. Can you please add “sick” as I think this is an important one for children.

    ADMIN – Hi Ryan,

    Glad you found it useful and thanks for the suggestion. We have added sick to the dictionary.

  24. Amanda Jacobs

    Thank you for such an amazing site! I would love to see a sign for “nap”. =)

    ADMIN – Hi Amanda,

    For nap, most people just use the sign for sleep. Baby understands that it is a short daytime nap, rather than an extended all-night sleep from the context.

  25. natasha

    can you add the sign for Nanny and Grandad please

    ADMIN – Hi Natasha,

    For nanny and grandad, you can use the signs grandmother and grandfather respectively.

  26. Stacey

    Thank you for your very simple and crisp website, and thank you for making it free. I would love to see the words: outside, good morning, and beautiful. Thank you.

  27. Audrey

    I would love to have the sign for “bottle”, but we’ve been using “milk” in its place for now.
    Thanks for everything!

  28. Michelle

    I really appreciate this site’s simplicity and yet expansiveness. Could you include “scared” or “afraid” in your next round of signs? Thanks again for all you do!

  29. Katie

    Thanks so much! My son is 18 months old but isn’t communicating more than, “ah ah ah” when he’s hungry or thirsty. He learned “eat” and “more” today. It’s very exciting. “You’re welcome” and “help” will be great to learn when you add them. Again, thank you for the FREE site where we can all learn to better communicate with our children.

  30. Dawnatella

    My son is 18 months old and we are just now starting to teach him to sign. He loves it. We were wondering if you could help us with the sign for ‘help’. He is a do-it-yourself guy but still needs help from Mom and Dad. Thank you

    ADMIN – Hi Dawnatella,

    Help looks like you are making the ‘thumbs up’ sign with your dominant hand, with your non-dominant hand underneath forming a base. Then you raise both hands up. The effect is like giving someone a big ‘thumbs up’ for helping you. You will find a video and diagram of the sign in the dictionary.

  31. Brandi

    Thank you for this wonderful website! I continue to share it with all the new parents I know! Sign language has helped me communicate so much better with my daughter who has been signing since she was 6 months!

  32. Anna

    came back looking to see if youve added the new signs yet. Our daughter has learned over 300 signs in the last year, your flashcards are an added bonus!! thank you!

  33. Cynthia

    Thank you so much for this free webpage. My middle daughter is three and throws major tantrums for no reason and we wanted to try signing to see if that helps her and all ready the two words we taught her today and made an impact thank you so much.

  34. Tori

    This is such a helpful website! I know you are planning on adding new signs in June, so I’m just gonna say I hope there are more food signs – my girl loves strawberries, and lima beans, and most other fruits and vegetables. I hope to learn enough of them to let her tell me what she wants each meal. 🙂

  35. Lilian

    Nice website… we were looking for the “carry me” sign or “carry”. Can you add that too please?

  36. Lauren

    This is a great resource. My almost 2 year old doesn’t like to talk (even though he can) so I started teaching him signs and he’s learned 4 in the past week! We need some refining, but he’s communicating! Thanks so much for this!!
    And echoing Heather – can you add the sign for “help” much needed!
    Thanks for what you do!

    ADMIN – Hi Lauren,

    Appreciate the kind words. We will be adding another 800 words in the coming months including help.

  37. Jennifer

    Thanks for this information….I have custody of my twin grand-daughters who have been diagnosed with MR, both different degrees. They are two but we have no way to communicate as they can’t and maybe won’t be able to talk. Signing is what the doctor recommended. Thanks for getting us started.

  38. Nina

    You have most of the signs i would like to sign to my daughter. The lady on the videos makes the signs on this website pretty easy to learn so thank you for teaching me so i can better communicate with my daughter

  39. Angela Lynch

    Need birthday please!

    ADMIN – Hi Angela,

    We have added a video of birthday in baby sign language. You take your middle finger and first touch it on your chin, then your chest.

  40. Melissa Philopena

    Can you please add the word “eat”…thank you!

    ADMIN – Hi Melissa,

    We added eat. Thank you for suggesting it.

  41. Priscilla

    Is there a sign for “nurse” or “breastfeed” or something?

    ADMIN – Hi Priscilla,

    Most people use the sign for milk to refer to nursing for breastfed children.

  42. SharleneT

    This would have been so helpful when I was raising my children… What a wonderful idea… And, that it’s free makes it all the more praiseworthy… I can only imagine how frustrating communication is for young babies today with all that surrounds them…

    I’m surprised that ‘help’ isn’t in there, too.

    ADMIN – Hi Sharlene,

    We appreciate your kind words. We haved added help, thank you for suggesting it.


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