Learn baby sign language - the best signs to start with and how to sign them.
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All right, so you want to get started signing with your baby but you're not sure what signs to start with or you're not really sure how to even sign at all. So, let me give you a couple of signs to start with and then you can go ahead and start using them with your child. Now, there are four signs that I recommend starting with. I chose these four because they are probably the most important ones to your baby at this point. And so one of them is milk, open and close your hand like you're milking a cow. This is milk. The other sign that I recommend is eat, like you have food in your hand and your putting it your mouth. You're putting it in. this is eat. It's also the sign for food by the way. Food and eat are the same signs in American Sign Language. Now the most popular sign is more. This is baby’s first sign generally. Not all the time but most babies do more for their first signs, just tapping your fingertips together, more. And remember that babies are not always going to sign at the correct way at first. Sometimes it's clapping their hands and this is their sign for more or it's their one pointer finger. The palm of their other hand is their sign for more. Often, it generally looks like one of those two things instead of perfectly like more but sometimes it is. And the kids of my daughter, she signed it this way right off the back. But in a lot of babies that I've taught, it's been clapping or it's been one finger on the palm. So, just learn to recognize your baby’s signs and then you'll be communicating. All right and the last sign that I recommend you're starting with is finished or all done. And I recommend this sign too because if you're asking for more you should also be able to tell your parent when you're all done and when you're finished. And so, this is finished. And actually in the case of my daughter, more and all done were her first two signs. So I always recommend you'll also do all done. Now remember those aren’t always going to be your child’s first signs but they’re the great first four to start with.