Baby Signs

I think I have mentioned before that Blake signs. We have been teaching her to communicate by using ASL with the help of Signing Time videos. She knows a couple of signs already like “milk“, “eat” and “more“.  

Blake signing for “more”

I try to sign with her as much as possible coz I want to understand her more. It’s so much easier if we understood each other, right? Although, I’m finding it hard to teach her more signs especially when I leave her with the nanny. Nanny isn’t really interested in signing. (Ok, she’s really good with Blake and she is a good teacher but not signing).

All of this changed when Blake’s 2nd cousin, Lukas, came to visit.

Blake and Lukas

Lukas knows a lot of signs. I was so fascinated by the way he’s communicating with adults. And I think Blake understood him as well! Lukas’ mom is my cousin. She actually took ASL classes and all of her kids knows how to sign. Amazeballs!!
Even nanny was amazed by this so she has been teaching Blake the signs that she picked up from Lukas! 
So now, my baby knows the sign for “hungry” and “full“. 
When I tell people that I’m teaching my baby to sign, a got a lot of negative feedback. They were “afraid” that my baby would not talk at all because she’s signing. They insisted that I have to teach her to TALK instead. 
Newsflash, Blake signs and she talks a lot! Of course she still doesn’t have the right words yet but she knows what she wants. If she wants me to open something for her, she simply hands me the thing and says, “aaahmo“. I didn’t understand at first but she keeps repeating it until I opened it. 
So there. She will talk. And she signs. We understand each other (most of the time, anyway), that’s what’s important.

Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

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  • ASL is Beautiful | AB and Me

    […] when I was still pregnant with Blake, I already knew that I would be teaching her to sign. I researched and looked for resources so I would be able to teach her how to communicate. […]

    November 10, 2015 at 2:03 AM Reply
  • Sheila

    Hello, MYB!

    Thank you for visiting my blog as well.
    I teach Blake baby sign because at her age right now (1.5) she still doesn’t have the right words when “talking” to adults. By signing, we know that she’s “hungry” or she wants “milk” or “crackers” or “water”.

    It actually eliminates the guessing game and frustration from both sides.

    There are lots of videos on youtube about baby signing. You’ll be amazed how it works wonders during the terrible two’s!

    March 11, 2013 at 8:28 AM Reply
  • Yellow Bells

    Hi Sheila, thank you for visiting my blog and commenting too. its amazing to know people relate to what I write and it is more interesting that there are people almost like me in some ways. Pardon me its my first time in your blog I guess and I don’t understand why you teach your kid to sign whereareas she is talking as you mentioned above. Is there something about signing? Enlighten me! MYB

    March 11, 2013 at 8:24 AM Reply
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