So you鈥檙e totally nailing how to use聽power poses at work,聽but have you thought about how you can use signals to communicate with your baby? For the most part, you鈥檝e probably thought about what you鈥檙e saying in front of your child,聽and that鈥檚 important too! But, sign language has been proven to give your聽baby ways to tell you what they want or need, well before they鈥檙e ready to speak. Let鈥檚 take a look at why this is and how to get started.

Baby Sign For Please

Baby Sign Reduces Frustration

If you鈥檝e ever traveled to a foreign country where you didn鈥檛 speak the language, then you know how frustrating it can be to get something as simple as a glass of water. Babies feel the same way. That鈥檚 one of the biggest reasons why they cry! By showing your baby how to tell you what she wants, you can reduce the amount of frustration she聽feels when trying to communicate her needs.

Baby聽Focuses on Communication

From the first chubby-fisted sign for 鈥渕ore鈥 you can react both verbally and with sign language to your baby鈥檚 thoughts and needs. For example, when your little one signs 鈥渕ore鈥 to you during mealtime, you can respond by speaking out loud and saying 鈥淒o you want more to applesauce to eat? Applesauce is yummy!鈥 You can also use the sign for 鈥渆at鈥 while you say the word to emphasize what you are saying to your tot. She won鈥檛 pick up every detail the first time around, but in an impressively short amount of time, your baby will be eager to watch, listen and communicate back to you.

How to Get Started Signing

Baby sign is everywhere now. From daycares to private instruction, it鈥檚 super easy to find the resources to get started. To help you on your search, here are a few interactive and free online programs you can check out:

1.聽BabySignLanguage.com聽offers free printable flashcards, an online dictionary of signs, easy-to-follow videos and learning packages for purchase.

2.聽SignSavvy.com聽is an amazing (and free!) online dictionary of signs that are demonstrated via video. Although this site is not targeted toward the baby-sign set, a simple search can show you how to sign words or phrases like 鈥渂edtime鈥 and 鈥渨atch me.鈥

3.聽Baby Sign (ASL) Free聽is a free iOS app that demonstrates baby signs via video. This is a perfect option for busy parents聽and for downtime outside of the house (like in doc office waiting rooms).

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