|Sweet Pea signing 'more' (going down the slide, please, Daaddy!)|
Baby signing has been around for a while, but it is only fairly recently that it has started to gain popularity with parents. I have done it with both my girls, and I LOVE IT!
|Sweet Pea signing 'want' (that flower)|
|Princess Pea signing 'eat'|
|Princess Pea signing 'milk'|
|Princess Pea signing 'all done'|
|Princess Pea signing 'bird'|
It's so cute to see them signing and getting excited to tell us things! And I love that I can have genuine two-way 'conversations' with my babies! Sweet Pea loves to tell me what she notices in her environment, things that I probably wouldn't notice otherwise, from the bird chirping through the window, to Princess Pea's half-eaten apple on the shelf by the door. I truly believe that it reduces frustration by giving babies a way to communicate their needs more accurately than crying, and I really do see less crying as a result. Plus, it opens the door to further vocabulary learning because when she 'tells' me about the bird she hears, I then respond by taking her to the window to find it, and we move into a 'conversation' about the garden, the trees, the wind, the playground, as well as the bird.
|Sweet Pea signing 'goodnight'|
Do you do baby signing? Have you ever? What are your thoughts on it?