I’ve mentioned in a few posts recently that Nerys has started to sign ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ which makes me really happy! I was also really pleased the other day when she signed ‘wait’ to me when she wasn’t ready to get out of her buggy yet.
I love how she can communicate with us so much better now that she can sign a few things. I think she’d be much more frustrated if she didn’t have that tool.
We watch ‘Something special’ on Cbeebies most days and she seems to really enjoy watching them all sign, and Rhys enjoys it too, especially now that he can copy the signs much more easily than when he first watched it as a baby.
For anyone who doesn’t know any baby sign language, here are my 5 favourite and, in my opinion, most useful signs to teach your baby:
1) Please/Thank you
This was the first sign that both Rhys and Nerys learnt. Maybe because it’s the sign that Steve and I use the most when talking to them, I’m not sure.The sign is the same for both words which makes it really easy for them to learn.
This one is really useful for helping babies explain what it is that they want! Nerys uses it in the mornings to tell me that she’s ready to have some breakfast.
A good one to teach alongside ‘eat’, to help ease their frustration at not having the words to tell you if they’re hungry or thirsty!
This is one I’m just starting to teach Nerys. I ask her verbally if she wants more and she can answer me, so she understands the word, but I think it would be helpful for her to be able to just ask for more if she wants to!
Sometimes babies are cranky and you’re not always sure why.
On some occasions it’s because they’re tired and could do with a little sleep – this sign could be really helpful for them to express this!
These are the signs that I think are most useful to start with, if you’re new to baby signing. Although ‘milk’ is another good one, especially for younger babies! We also sign ‘wait’ a fair bit, and I still find that one really useful to sign to Rhys if he’s a bit too far away to hear me or if I’m on the phone and want to tell him to wait without interrupting the conversation!
I’d love to know what you think about this – do you sign to your babies/young children? What signs do you find most useful?