I have a 3 month old and would like to teach him the sign for nurse that way he can sign and avoid having to cry to let me know he's hungry. I tried looking it up but the sign i found seems too difficult, i want something simple so when he gets some more hand control he can do it easily. any ideas?
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He'll probably just adapt it to something similar. My daughter is 16 months and has the hand coordination, but she holds up her fist, clenching her thumb and forefinger to mean nurse. I know that's what she means so it works. I think you can use anything you want as long as you are consistent and you don't mind of others don't understand it because it isn't ASL.
The sign for milk is a closed fist that opens slightly and closes with thumb pointed up. This is what I used with my son. He didn't respond back to me until 6-8 months old, but he could sign before he could talk. I started signing to him when he was about 3 months old. I have already started with my dd (also 3 months old).
We used the sign for milk, open and closing fist slightly. Our son added his own interpretation to it as he got older. Sometimes he would do it really fast when he was Really hungry or would do it while patting my breast...I guess he figured that way I would really get what he meant!