Video: Later in Baby Sign Language

Signing: Start with an L-sign, with you index finger and thumb extend at right-angles. Then flip you L, over and down.

Later in Baby Sign Language
Figure: Later in Baby Sign Language

Usage: Teaching patience is an important skill for young children. Using the later sign lets baby know that you have heard the request and will attend to it, but they need to wait.

Later Flash Card Thumbnail

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

Related Signs:

Eat, Play.

3 Responses to “Later”


    Many thanks for your website.
    I’m from France and I’m trying to speak english with my 14 months old daughter. I also use ASL for babysign and she loves it !
    I’m wondering how we sign AFTER ? Is is the same sign as LATER ?
    Thank you for your answer

    • Lila

      After is not the same as later. The proper way to sign After in regards to time is:

      Place both hands in front of your chest with the palm of your dominant hand touching the back of your other hand with your palms facing your chest. For the actual sign you will then move your dominate hand forward while your other hand remains stationary.

  2. Laura

    Hi! Would you recommend using the sign for “later” to indicate “soon”? E.g. “Papa is coming home soon.” if not, what sign would you recommend for “soon”? Thanks!

    ADMIN – Hi Laura,

    I have used both, later and soon. Given the grasp of time with babies both would mean in the future.


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