baby sign language book, is it a good gift?

Philippines
August 8, 2008 10:18am CST
I was asked to be a godmother to one of my colloge friend's 7 month old daughter. I bought her some clothes and a baby sign language book. I'm just wondering if the baby sign language book is a good idea? I am not a mommy yet but when I become one, I will definitely try to use baby signs with my child. Sometimes the oral musculature is just not ready yet to produce certain sounds while the hands are already capable of gestures & movements. Thus, if the baby masters a few hand signals, I think he/she will learn to sign. Lesser crying, lesser frustration. Have anyone tried baby sign language with their kids? Do you think it is good to encourage my college friend to use this with her daughter?
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@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
8 Aug 08
When my son was little, sign language was not something anyone suggested for babies. If they had, I might have tried that...because I do believe he was trying to communicate way before he could speak. But I have seen baby sign language in use. Last year, a bunch of people from our church got together for dinner at a new restaurant. One couple who attended had a 6 month old baby who used sign language. While her mother was feeding her, she was also talking to someone nearby and when Mom didn't give the baby more food quickly enough, the baby's hands were busy in front of her face. When I asked the mom what she was doing, she explained that was the sign for food. I was fascinated at how much that baby could communicate with her parents through using her hands. When they spoke to her, they used both words and signs, so she could learn the words. But she was able to talk back with her hands. What a great idea! I think a baby sign language book would be an awesome gift.
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• Philippines
8 Aug 08
thats cool! thank you for sharing that. after reading your response and the previous ones, im now so confident that my friend will love the book. im also thinking of getting another one for myself.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
8 Aug 08
my children are grown w/kids of their own. they have so much more for babies than they had when mine were born. i think u are very kind to worry about your godchild like u seem to. you will make a good mother.i think anything that adds to a baby's developement is good especially all the love u can give them.
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• Philippines
8 Aug 08
thanks for thinking that i'll make a good mother =)i badly wanted to be one. but for now, my niece, my nephew and my god children are my babies. i take being a godmother very seriously, its like being a 2nd mom to these kids. thanks for the response.
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
8 Aug 08
Yes I think it is great. We taught our daughter a few signs in the beginning. It cut down on alot of frustration until she learned to talk. I still say it helped her. She started talking around 9 months. We are having another baby in December. We will probably teach some signs to him as well. It worked so well the 1st time around, why not?
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• Philippines
8 Aug 08
thank you for the response. knowing that someone actually used baby sign language and yield good results will definitely put my mind at ease. i dont wanna give poor gifts to my godchild =)
• Philippines
9 Aug 08
I took care of nephew when he was only 3 months old. I used repetition for him to understand me, signing with my hands for milk, diaper,food. Just the basics. every time i talk to him i sign. Then when he was 6 months old. He was crying then...while i was washing the dishes, i told him i won't pick him up if doesn't say my name 'tita'...all of a sudden he screamed my name! my sister and brother in law was amazed! I think baby signing is a great way to communicate with your baby..it also helps him to develop his speech early. I recommend that you buy that book once you become a mother yourself:)
• Philippines
9 Aug 08
just like you, im also a "tita" to a 3 y.o niece & 17 month old nephew....i felt bad that i didnt think of these when i was with them. but i will surely get one for my future babies. job well done, ur nephew is lucky to have a patient auntie.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
8 Aug 08
My 18 month old daughter knows a few signs. They really seem to come in handy sometimes. She knows the sign for more and the sign for all done. She uses them every day. I think getting that book for a 7 month old baby would be a good idea if you think that her parents will take the time to teach her.
• Philippines
9 Aug 08
The sign for "more", "all done" and also "food" are pretty common for those babies who know sign language. You are right, it takes time and patience to teach sign language to kids. I admire moms who were able to do it. In time, I hope I can do it too. Thanks for responding.
• United States
8 Aug 08
We tried it with our daughter as well, and had fairly good results.. I dont think we started it early enough to see things like a previous poster said (about the 6 month old) but it made things a little clearer when she was TRYING to talk, but the words just werent clear yet. I just wish we would have kept up with the sign language, because I think its a unique skill that can come in very handy (no pun intended) one day. All in all i would say that its a great gift for anyone expecting a baby, or with a newborn... even if its just something to help them communicate a little earlier.