I’ve seen my friends have great success with it! During my online “research” (really I only googled it a few times) I found out the signs to teach first are milk, more, eat, and all done and you can start as early as 4 months old. Along with all of the great reasons to use sign language with your baby I also read stories about parents that were concerned that their toddlers were relying on it too much and not replacing the signs with verbal words. To be honest, that is what makes me nervous!
~Babies who learn sign language have been shown to have a higher IQ.
~Babies who learn to sign show less frustration because the baby is able to communicate earlier.
~Babies who learn to sign may speak earlier.
~Toddler relying on signing instead of speaking (experts say they will replace signing with speaking just as they do crawling with walking)
~Do I have the consistency to implement this?
~How much is best to teach? Just the basics? Sign everything?
Looking at this list on paper, it looks like a no brainer. The pros seem to far outweigh the cons.
But I want to hear from you, moms who have experienced it or are thinking about it.
What are your experiences with baby sign language?
If you’ve already done it, what would you do differently next time?
Also, I found this Free Baby Sign Language Dictionary which seems like it would be helpful.