Video: Quiet (abbreviated) in Baby Sign Language

Video: Quiet (full) in Baby Sign Language

Signing: To sign quiet, bring your index finger to your lips. (The universal shhh sign)

Note: this is an abbreviated version of the full ASL sign for quiet. The full version is a two-part sign, where you cross your hands and then release for the second part of the sign.

Quiet in Baby Sign Language
Figure: Quiet in Baby Sign Language

Usage: Quiet is a really useful sign for older babies. It is great to be able to get even older kids to pipe down when you are perhaps in a library without needing too yell across the room. Project calm when signing quiet.

Quiet Flash Card Thumbnail

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

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5 Responses to “Quiet”

  1. Emily

    Is there a baby sign for “calm”? I use a combination of the “quiet” sign and a deep breath but I wasn’t sure if there was an official one. Thank you so much!

    ADMIN – Hi Emily,

    Have you considered combining the signs for peace & quiet.

  2. Fay

    How do I sign “I know”? Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Fay,

    First point to self on the chest using the index finger of your dominant hand, then With your fingers together and dominant hand straight as if you are going to do a military salute touch your cheek.

  3. Sara

    What is the difference between the signs “quiet” and “don’t”

    ADMIN – Hi Sara,

    The signs for quiet and don’t are not even similar. For quiet you bring the index of your dominant hand close to your mouth, for don’t you cross your arms as in making X in front of you.

  4. lcox


    Could you add the sign for “loud” to your dictionary? (or do you have a synonym already?) It seems this would be useful for 1) contrasting with quiet to teach the concept, and 2) allowing baby to indicate if they are bothered by something too loud.

    Thanks so much for this wonderful resource!

    ADMIN – Hi Icox,

    I will add loud to our 2018 list. Meanwhile the sign for loud is done by pointing your to your ear with your dominant hand and then shaking your fists back and forth.

  5. karina

    Hi! if I want my son to have spanish as a primary language, Can I teach him with your program and do the signs but pronouncing the words in spanish?

    ADMIN – Hi Karina,

    Yes, you can use the signs with any language. If he is going to be bilingual, you can also use the signs as a bridge between the two languages – using the same sign whether you say the sign in English or Spanish.

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