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Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
8:59 am
Baby Signing Time?
I've got the first 3 Baby Signing Time dvds. When would be a good time to start watching them with my little guy? Right now he's only 13 weeks old so probably not yet, but I don't want to forget I have them so I want to make a note to remind myself when I should start.
Sunday, July 11th, 2010
11:13 am
Having your hands full
Hello, everyone! I'm just getting started signing with my little girl, who is just shy of six months old. Being new to both signing and this community, I have a question that probably has some obvious answer that I'm just not able to figure out (must be all of those interrupted nights).

I spend a lot of the day carrying my baby around in one arm, sitting with her on my lap, or helping to prop her up while we sit on the floor together (she's almost an independent sitter, but not quite). I've been finding it difficult to have my dominant hand free to sign to her, and I am at a total loss to figure out how to integrate two-handed signs into our communication! How do you manage it? (We have several cats, who are just now VERY interesting, so I really want to figure this question out.)

Thanks for any and all suggestions!

Current Mood: puzzled
Friday, May 7th, 2010
12:00 am
help my daughter is "lying" because we were letting her pee outside and now whenever she wants to go outside she signs potty! and it's getting worse in that she seems to be HOLDING now because when it was cold, i would bring her back in as soon as she went.

i want her to be able to ask to go out separately from signing potty. does anyone know a sign for outside or go out or something like that? i have tried to do damage control by taking her to the bathroom only not outside when she signs potty and taking her outside because "it's outside play time!" but then i might as well take her diaper off because why on earth would i want her to mess her diaper when she is outside and could just go whereever whenever ...

sorry this is a bit incoherent, it's late :-)

PS: she is 13 months and says more words than she signs.
Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
11:50 am
Research for a project!
Hello moms, dads, guardian figures, and lurkers.

I'm a child development and child psychology student at the University of Virginia. We're working on special interest projects and I'm particularly fascinated by baby sign language, especially how it affects later language acquisition, manual dexterity, and attachment bonds.

I would love it if some of you wonderful caregivers could answer some questions about or share their experiences with baby sign language, both positive and negative. Give me everything you've got, I love listening to stories and gushing! I've posted some questions below if you're more comfortable with a survey format: answer some, all, whatever you're comfortable with. Feel free to share a random tale or link me to your baby-sign blog entries.

If you're more comfortable emailing me your answers or anecdotes, my school email is ker7e@virginia.edu. No names, pictures, or personal information will be used.

Thank you so much, I can't wait to hear from you!
(Crossposted to parenting101 ).

Some guiding questions.Collapse )
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
8:59 pm
first signs?
we are getting ready to start signing to our 3 month old son. so far we've used mommy, daddy, love, cat, and apple. (he obviously can't sign anything yet, but loves watching us)

we want to use signs a lot and during our every day conversations, so I'm putting together some 'cheat sheets' for us and I was wondering what were some of the first signs you used with your babies?

so for we have yes, no, please, thank you, sorry, hungry, want, more, eat, milk, apple, car, walk, play, up, down and wrap (we babywear)

I know some of these won't really apply to our son for a while, but I want to get them down so we can practice them. Are there any other signs you think we might need?
Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
11:50 am
So, what are some of the readiness signs that your LO is ready to start signing? 

What is the best way to start? I know one sign at a time, but other than that I don't know how to get into a routine of getting him to associate hand movements with activities (i.e., nursing).

Pretty much, give me anything you have about starting to sign!

Friday, December 25th, 2009
11:55 am
yes, ok! you want the damn milk!
so our son who is 14 months does a few signs - mostly bottle or drink (increasingly food too), and then a couple others mostly if you do them he'll just repeat them (more, pee, all done). The past few days he's been doing bottle almost nonstop. When he wants it, or sometimes if he's wet or he's about to go, or if he's got his bottle, or if we just left the room that has the damn bottle he wants it again? It's so fraustrating because it's almost like he's just saying HELLO JUST  PAY ATTENTION TO ME FOR A SECOND. Is this a phase?

so it's not a complete waste of time.. -pic-Collapse )
Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
6:34 pm
Hello! My name is Res, and I'm the mom of a wonderful two-month-old baby girl named Virginia. Being hard of hearing myself and a near-fluent signer (when I'm in practice!) my husband and I have decided that we really want her to grow up bilingual in English and PSE (Pidgin Signed English). It's hard to sign to a baby-in-arms, but when we're doing tummy time, she's in her infant seat or sitting in my lap I try to make a decided effort to sign and speak at the same time.

I decided to join here since even though I sign, it's not my first language and I have no idea how to teach it to a baby! I hope I can help some of you who have older kids or who wish to advance more to get better at signing, too
Sunday, August 9th, 2009
6:20 pm
Hi everyone,

This might be a little early for me to be worrying about (my wife's not due to give birth until November), but I've recently started reading about baby signing and am really excited about the concept.

One thing I was wondering about is that my wife's right-handed, and I'm left-handed.  Would this cause any difficulty when teaching a child signs?
Monday, August 3rd, 2009
9:29 am
signing question
Hi guys, I haven't been on here in a while. I have a new baby! His name is Alec. As you may or may not remember, my daughter, Ellie, is HoH. We decided not to sign with her because, with her aids, she has pretty good hearing, and we want her to be as verbal as possible. Alec has very good hearing, but we want to do baby signing with him. They say that some of the most basic signs are "mother" and "father", but since Ellie is such a big part of his life, we decided to teach him "sister" as well. Ellie loves signing with him, so we want her to know "brother", too. The ASL browser here: http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/aslweb/browser.htm
doesn't have the sign for "brother". Is it just the L from the forehead coming down to meet the other hand, which is also shaped like an L? The description of "brother-in-law" is that "The signs for Brother and Law are combined", which is really not much help.
Thursday, July 30th, 2009
9:34 pm
More benefits of signing
DS is almost 19 months, and is doing a LOT of talking along with his signing. He's actually way ahead of where he's expected to be developmentally with his language skills, and I totally credit the signing for that. He has a vocabulary of over 50 spoken words, and he was born 10 weeks early, so for his adjusted age of 16 months, that's pretty good.

Does that reflect everyone else's experience with signing? My relatives keep saying "Oh, he's so smart!" and as much as I'd like to believe that (LOL), I actually think his communication skills are due to the sign language.

Another benefit of signing that I didn't expect is how much it helps us understand him. A lot of his words sound so similar or indistinct that it can be hard to understand what he's saying just by listening, but he signs while he's saying them, which means we actually understand him! That's part of the reason I know he knows so many words, I guess. But still, I didn't even think about that when we first started, and it's really cool!
Thursday, June 11th, 2009
6:44 pm
Talking & signing at 16 months.
I haven't posted here in a long time, but my son had his 16-month appointment today and his pediatrician & I talked at length about Sean's verbal development, both spoken words and signs. His pediatrician is really impressed with Sean's ability to communicate with adults, and said that my son's the first patient he's had that has learned any baby sign, so he's been really interested in his progress.

He says quite a few words (which was a HUGE concern of my in-laws when they learned that we were doing baby sign w/ my son...they were worried that he'd be delayed in learning to talk because we were teaching him signs as well). No worries there, though, for he's shown them that this wouldn't be the case. He says: Bye-Bye, Dada, Mama, Nana , Book, Brooooooom (for cars or trucks), Uh-oh, KiiiiKii (kitty...or any other mid- to large-sized animal), Nigh' Nigh' (meaning both "night-night" and "nurse"), Boom! (when he falls), and his newest...NoNoNoNoNo!

He also uses a lot of baby sign, and can sign eat, drink, more, all done, down/up, please, light, diaper, bath, and fish -- which refers to fish as well as any other small animals, such as birds or chipmunks.

I just looked up the signs for some other words, and will start introducing them to Sean next.
Help me, hurt, and sleepy are three that will be very helpful for both Sean & I to know & use.
He's also facinated with birds & dogs, so I looked up those signs. And I looked up the sign for water -- whenever Sean sees water, whether it's a lake, stream, river, ocean, or even just a puddle -- he points at it, looks confused, and finally signs "drink!"
Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
10:26 pm
Update: 12 months adjusted age
I thought I'd post an update of how my son Carter is doing with his baby signing. He is almost 15 months old, but was 10.5 weeks early, so he's really just a little over 12 months adjusted age.

We've been working on signing for a long time now. I think I started showing him the sign for milk about 8 months ago, and that was the first one he picked up. He now has a vocabulary of about 6 signs, and we work on new ones all the time. He's slowly getting more consistent with them, and I'm getting better at recognizing them. Here are the ones he uses regularly.Collapse )
Sunday, March 15th, 2009
9:45 am
Using Sign Language: Survey
Hello all!

I just had a baby at the end of December and I'm also enrolled in a Master's program at the University of Colorado Denver.  As part of my Master's program I have to complete an Action Research project.  As I'm currently home with baby, I decided to make my Action Research about using sign language in infants and toddlers.  As a result I need some data....so I'm asking all my favorite lj communities for some help. :-)  If you have a few minutes (I'd say 5-10 minutes), please complete the survey at: http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=cFF3V080M3lKLXB6TmFkMHZ0RmswZXc6MA..  I'd love your input, whether you've used sign language or not. 

Thank you so much!!!

x-posted breastfeeding parenting101 

Sunday, January 11th, 2009
5:24 pm
My eleven-month-old son Sean's been signing up a storm over the past few weeks! I'd been doing many of these signs with him since he was about six months old, and now he's starting to communicate using several of them himself, which is so incredibly exciting (not just for me, but also for him -- you should see his face when he realizes that I actually understand something he just signed!) Earlier today, he was playing with some of his toys when he lost his balance & pitched forward into his toy basket. He came up wailing...he definitely scared himself, if not also getting hurt a bit. I scooped him up and tried to comfort him, and he started frantically making the sign for nurse as he was crying. When I realized, and asked him if he needed to nurse, the relief on his face was just priceless!

Signs he's using:

"All done" (waving both hands frantically in front of him when he's done eating)

"Nurse" (makes a motion like tugging on a bra strap)

"Ceiling fan" (No kidding! This isn't a "real" sign, but rather something I made up since I couldn't find a sign for fan -- he points up and rotates his finger around, like he's showing how the fan turns)

Signs he understands now, but hasn't yet used himself:

"Eat," "Drink," and "More" (it's all about food, of course!)

Current Mood: jubilant
Friday, December 26th, 2008
9:03 pm
How do you know...
My son is 13-1/2 months and he's got about 10 signs down really well.  My question is, how do you know when they understand what they are signing and really mean it?  For example, is he signing all done because I ask him if he is all done, or does he really want to be done eating?

We were at a restaurant last weekend and he signed more cheese without us prompting him, which made me very happy.  Tonight he signed more eat on his own, so I think he might have the more concept down, but I don't really know.

Edited to add...  Does anyone else have more trouble with their husband learning the signs then their child?  My husband is one of the smartest people I know and he just can't get the difference between some of the signs.  We watch Baby Signing Time and he signs along and loves it, but he just isn't very accurate.
Monday, December 15th, 2008
6:37 am
Hannah's been signing "milk" for 2 months now, and I only just caught in on video. And it was on accident, go figure.

Here she is clapping for me and then she decides she'd like some milk. :D

She'll be 8 months old on the 18th.

Current Mood: proud
Monday, December 8th, 2008
9:49 pm
Signing "milk"
My 8mo has been signing milk (inconsistently) for a little over a month now, and this is the first time I've managed to get it on video. I was actually trying to get a video of him crawling (which he's just on the verge of doing), but he made his way to the couch, rolled onto his back, looked back at me and signed "milk". He then scooted to the edge of the couch, right to the spot where I always sit to nurse him.

I was really excited to get him on video, finally! :-D
Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
9:02 pm
14 months, won't sign back but understands. Help?
My guy is 14 months and he understands several signs. I do them without the verbal word and he still knows what I am saying, but he doesn't ever try to sign back. Any ideas how to make the click in his head? Or maybe he just doesn't feel he needs to to be understood, cause I ask, eventually?


Friday, October 17th, 2008
1:32 am
Hi everybody!
I'm new here.
My name is Helen, i'm from Russia (sorry for my english!!) and i have 4 months old son Darius.
I like the idea of babysigning very much! I want to start now, hope that at 6-8 months Darius will sign back to me. So I started to use "eat" and "milk" (both for breastfeeding). Then I'll learn some more signs.
I have some questions.
1. What language to use? ASL or other? Are there a big differense? (most of babysign books/websites/videos use ASL - on the other hand - our natural language is russian, maybe russian sign language will be closer to us?)
2. Are there a sign for baby wrap? I want Darius to use some sign when he'll want to go to his baby carrier (we use baby wrap and sometimes mei tai and ring sling).
3. Why baby using etiquiette words like "please" and "thank you"? Is it natural for them to say "please give me" instead of just "give me"?

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