Baby Sign Language: Daily Routine Signs

At first, start by teaching your baby two to five priority signs, then begin adding more. Special thanks to Melissa van Wijk, Founder of Signing Up (SigningUpLLC).


[MUSIC] The approach that I find works best with most families is to start with two to five signs that are big priorities and then build it from there. Start adding in signs as your child acquires signs. The sign for sleep. You take your hand, and you run it over your face, like so. Sleep. Sleep. Then the sign for bath. You have two thumbs up on your chest. And then you go up and down. That's bath. Then the sign for pacifier, or a binky. You have your thumb up. And you bring it up and down by your mouth. That's a pacifier, pacifier. Then the sign for up when kids want to be picked up, generally they tend to sort of scream for that or whine for that, instead, they can just point up to be picked up. And then the sign for down is, of course, the opposite. So up and down. Then it's time for change as in changing a diaper. You twist your hands back and forth like this, change, change. And then sign for love, this is love, it's also the sign for hug. You're signing the full s. Sentence, it would go, I love you, or, you love me. [MUSIC]

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