Baby Sign Language

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@Shavkat (65270)
Philippines
August 27, 2012 11:49am CST
The normal child developmental milestone is so enjoyable to experience, especially if you are a keen observant. Whenever I see my adorable one year old niece, the mode of communication is through the "baby sign language". I enjoyed watching her funny gestures, such as puckering the lips, blinking of the eyes, making funny sounds, uttering some jargon words, crying out loud, pointing to something,etcetera. These are all signs of baby language. She can not form a complete sentence, but I tried to understand how funny when trying to convey her own ways of language. I really can't wait to talk to her so seriously. But this time, I am too overwhelm to have a "baby talk" with her.
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@dismalgrin (2548)
• United States
27 Aug 12
I was never a fan of baby sign language to me it has always been an excuse to let the baby not try to talk. Of course when all else fails I totally think its a good idea.
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• Canada
28 Aug 12
I found that despite the fact that we used baby sign language my son started talking reasonably early and the sign language didn't delay him at all. He only uses his signs now when his mouth is full of food or when I am across the playground from him. SO it's kind of convenient. Of course, I have heard of a friend"s niece who refused to do anything but sign until she was 3.
• United States
27 Aug 12
I was amazed at the idea of baby sign language. Actually some speech pathologists who work with babies actually advocate the use of sign language as a step for teaching toddlers with speech delay problems to actually transistion to talking. I would think exactly the opposite but apparently the word association with the signing actually helps the little one learn words and try to mimic them both with their hands and their voices. Who would have ever thought.
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@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
27 Aug 12
Hi Shavkat, I think babies has their own language, they communicate in many ways, with eyes, smiling, shaking hands, crying, kicking, and producing strange sounds with voice Sometimes I like to see funny videos with babies on youtube. Once I saw a video where two twins babies communicate each other with they own language, but with their language. I was impressed because they were having a conversation just like adults but with their own incomprehensible language. Have a nice day!
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Aug 12
hi shavkat yes its just so much fun when babies start with the'baby talk and sometime we learn to understand some of it too. i loved that time with my two children too. it was fun to figure out what 'akk the sounds and gestures m eant,When my son was a baby he ketp saying plerts and scoodri and finally he pointed to a pair of pliers and a screwdriver, He knew how to use them when he was just a year old.he took his playpen apart. lol we g uessed he wanted to be free so I set him down in the kitchen with some pots and pans,.he had a ball lol.babies you have to love them.lol
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
27 Aug 12
There's nothing sweeter than babies & when they get to the point of communicating in their way i love it.My grandaughter is 16 months old. Sometimes i know what she's talking about & sometimes i don't , lol.
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@alberello (4755)
• Italy
28 Aug 12
Well, although I am not a parent, or do not have children, I understand perfectly what you want to express with your discussion. Just like you said, the sign language for children is a very important thing. Before they begin to say their first words, gestures, indicate, kick, in short, are really to be understood by parents or those who are currently held. It must be very nice to have something to do with a small child! Only thing I did not understand, in your thread if the child is of which you speak, is it your son?
@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
28 Aug 12
The baby is my lovable niece. I am a certified bachelor like you. For now, it is not the right time to think about having a marriage degree.
@birdie816 (1277)
• United States
3 Sep 12
I can't wait for my daughter to be able to communicate better. (She is only 2 months old). But already she can communicate ok. It is really adorable to listen to her try to talk with you (even though it is just cooing). But it is still fun. I read to her and try to teach her simple gestures to help with her communication skills but I am not so sure it's sinking in just yet lol.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
1 Sep 12
When my children were younger, we started to teach them some signs so that they would be able to communicate at an earlier age. The signs that the kids used were not the same signs that are used for American Sign Language, but they were enough that we were able to tell what they wanted at the time. With that said, I think that any kind of meaningful communication that you have with very young children is something that is very important because children aren't really able to verbally communicate until they are closer to two years old.
• Mexico
1 Sep 12
Hi Shavkat: I think that's lovely. It's so sweet to watch a little baby just learning his/her first words. It must be a really sweet feeling. Enjoy these moments with your niece. ALVARO
@roshigo58 (4871)
• Pune, India
29 Aug 12
Yes it is very true. Small kids are very very cute, innocent. They always try to imitate the elders.Before they start to speak they do try to communicate with others in signs language which is very funny and enjoyable. My son use to utter completely wrong words, but by his signs we do understand what he means to say.While with these child's we do forget our worries, sorrows and find happy moments.
28 Aug 12
my friends son is the same. it's so funny the things they do and you know exactly what they need and want even though they aren't speaking.
• India
28 Aug 12
Hello my friend Ji, Well, first thing I want to know about your photo, why it is red crossed . As a grand mother, I always spend my quality time with them than grwn up ones in my family. By the way children can pick up more than 50 languages at this time as their memory card is totally blank. They learn early without anything questioning. May God bless You and have a great time
@toniganzon (53346)
• Philippines
28 Aug 12
Oh I so missed that stage when my son was at that age. Anyway, I have a nephew and a niece that are both a year old and they are doing exactly what you said. The funny thing is even though we hardly see each other, each time we do, I understand all the sign languages they're making.
@asdomencil (4276)
• Philippines
28 Aug 12
It is really nice to see babies trying to communicate with sign language. However, you should still continue talking with the bay for it will help them develop and learn to speak properly.
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
28 Aug 12
It's really cute, the babbling stage, isn't it. And babies absorb so much of what you do and say, too.
• Indonesia
28 Aug 12
I love babies their body language is so loveable. I have niece, she doesnt have much hair yet, but she is very interest to see a hair pin, she will try to reach every hair pin she saw on someone's hair, so funny
@jureathome (5363)
• Philippines
27 Aug 12
Oh, that's really an enjoyable feeling. I remember when my eldest daughter was still at that age, it was exciting to see something new from her everyday. And, now, my second child is going thru the same phase again. She's now 3 months old and she smiles a lot, by the sight of any human form approaching her. She even giggles, and its a really lovable sight.
@dfollin (12768)
• United States
27 Aug 12
Hi Shavkat,It is fun trying to follow babies sign language.I bet it is a joy for you to spend time and try to figure out what your niece is saying.One of my gandaughters is almost 20 months old and it is a big challenge and a lot of fun trying to have a conversation with her.