Originally Posted by Wildflower
My ds is only 3.5 months, but I'm thinking of starting some basic Baby signs like milk and...potty! What is the simplest sign for a young baby to mean 'do you want to go?" or "we are going to the..." potty?
We do the sss and grunt cue noises, which work great--just wanting to start some sort of hand signal to go along with this whole Baby Signs idea.
Oh, other experiences with Baby signs, and starting them pretty early...?
The best advice for teaching your baby sign is to just use them naturally in your conversation and be consistent. You don't have to take out special time to teach them the signs...he already watches everything you do and will draw the connections better if you make the sign at the appropriate time.
My son uses the sign for diaper. I always sign "toilet" to him when I go (that's the one with your thumb between your two fingers, wiggling your closed fist) and he hasn't used it in return yet, but I think that a small child would do the best variation of it that they could, probably just wiggling their little fist around.
I already had a good grounding in ASL from college but there are tons of great books you can get at the library. Also, my MIL got Bryden the "My Baby Can Talk" videos and I think they are fantastic. They really reinforced the signs with him and what's more...he learned to say and identify all the words verbally too and has a great vocabulary at a young age.
Good for you for signing to your baby, it is so beneficial! It's amazing after a few more months pass and they start "getting" it and you think, wow, he was just soaking it in all this time!