Fast becoming one of the latest parenting trends is baby hand signing. A method of teaching your baby to communicate with you, using hand signals before they can talk. Babies have a desire to communicate their needs and wants but they lack the ability to do so clearly. With hand signing, it lets babies, some as young as six months old, communicate their needs so they don’t need to cry.
Repeating signs consistently on a regular basis, will help your baby learn simple signs for common words such as hungry, thirsty, sleep, more and all gone.
Benefits to signing with your baby
There is no more guesswork to your babies needs.
It reduces frustration and tantrums.
It can strengthen the bond between mother and baby.
Signing can be a fun experience and helps enhance baby’s self esteem and confidence.
It can also boosts their brain development.
Frankie, Kayla and I went to a SuperHands Baby Sign workshop last summer. Frankie was only four months old at the two hour long class, and if I’m completely honest he hadn’t a clue what was going on around him. Kayla on the other hand loved it. Miriam the owner of SuperHands, approach to teaching was very relaxed, fun and informal.
After our workshop we left to start our signing journey at home. Eventually I got bored as there was absolutely no interest in anything I was doing. Then at about nine months I re-introduced signing to him when he developed hand control. He then began to understand signs for eat, drink, ball, book and bird.
We received a book and CD to continue our journey signing, it really helped us, without them I don’t think Frankie would be signing the way he is today. Frankie can sign milk, thank you and ball only when he wants to though. I’ve tried endlessly to capture this on camera but as soon as he see’s the red light it’s game over.
Kayla loves nothing more than signing from the school yard to communicate without screaming or if Frankie’s napping nearby she can communicate to me without me hushing her quiet. Kayla thinks signing is great fun, she is helping me teach Frankie, she knows forty-seven signs now. I should also mention Frankie has a vocabulary of twelve words and he is only eleven months so the myths of baby signing slowing down speech is ridiculous, I believe signing has helped increase his vocabulary.
I really enjoyed introducing signing to my little family. While some family members think I’m crazy it has clearly progressed his speech, reduced frustration and it is the cutest thing ever when he signs thank you after you give him a toy or treat.
For more information on signing check out SuperHands.ie or check out their new baby Signing app available from the AppStore.