A common way to reduce stress and frustration in babies at an early age is through baby sign language. Babies become frustrated when they can’t tell you what they want and parents become frustrated when they can’t figure out what their baby wants! It’s been proven that babies learn how to use their hands before they can talk- whether that is waving their hands to say “hello” and “goodbye” (Squishy does that now!) or putting their hand out when they want something from you. Teaching Squishy baby sign language at an early age is always something I’ve been interested in. In fact, since he was about 4 months old, I began signing “milk” to him every time I’d give him a bottle.
Although he was very young, I really wanted to focus on signing one word to him until I knew that he understood the connection between my signing and the object I was referring to. Squishy is currently 8 months old and about a month ago I began introducing new signs to him because he made that connection with the first sign. Although he cannot sign back (yet!) I know that he understands the words I’m signing to him because he reacts to the sign in a very positive way. If he is crying because he is hungry and I make him a bottle and sign the word “milk” to him, he starts smiling and bouncing in eagerness because he knows that he is getting milk soon. After I sign to him he instantly stops crying and is ready to receive whatever it is he was asking for.
My Baby Can Talk Baby Sign Language Reviews
A few signs that I’m working with him right now include: milk, more, eat, juice, water, and mama. I choose these 6 signs to work with starting last month when I knew that he understood the sign for “milk”. These are the most common words that I use to communicate with him so I thought these would be fitting. I am focusing on these words until he signs them back to me, then we will move onto new words. One product that I came across to aid my journey to teaching Squishy baby sign language was actually what got me interested in it in the first place- My Baby Can Talk.
Up for review, we received the 3 award-winning My Baby Can Talk DVDs. Each DVD also came with a quick reference guide, which I find to be especially helpful. I’m really impressed with how simple yet effective the program is so far. We are starting out with First Signs which teaches your baby words like: cat, more, milk, drink, dog, eat, bath and a few other basic words. The first word that appears on this particular DVD is the word “cat” and they show you various pictures/videos of cats in different forms. So, for example, they show you a video of an actual cat, a stuffed animal of a cat, a toy cat, and other variations so that your baby can understand that the word can refer to different forms of the same thing.
What I like about this program is that is it very engaging so Squishy pays a lot of attention to what’s going on on the screen. The music is mellow and not distracting at all, which is nice. There is also a lot of repetition when going through each word, so you will see the same various played again and again, and this repetition is really effective for babies because that’s how they learn. Because Squishy is only starting out, I think it will be a couple more months until he can sign back to me. However because he is already understanding, I know that this program is going to really help speed up the process and that he is going to learn so much from it. I’m going to keep you all updated with our baby sign language progression!