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We're trying baby sign language and we're so excited about it! question...how long before they start 'signing' back? Or is it different for each child? She's two months old right now,...
 

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The earliest I've heard of consistent signing is about 8 mo... but I think 11 mo is more common, and some babies take longer. Still usually earlier than talking!
 

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In my signing book, it says that the uthor's second child started signing at ?5? months and they started signing at birth.<br>
Here's a question for someone that I haven't figured out yet... how do you sign so baby can see if baby is always being worn?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">In my signing book, it says that the uthor's second child started signing at ?5? months and they started signing at birth.<br>
Here's a question for someone that I haven't figured out yet... how do you sign so baby can see if baby is always being worn?</div>
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You can stand in front of a mirror. We sign on the potty a lot (we EC), and her potty is in front of a mirror. Also, some of the handiest signs are good to do out of the sling anyway: <b>milk</b>-which you can do while nursing-I'm assuming you do this out of the sling at some point during the day, and <b>toilet</b>-which you can do during a diaper change or on the potty if you EC.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We're trying baby sign language and we're so excited about it! question...how long before they start 'signing' back? Or is it different for each child? She's two months old right now,...</div>
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DD is 10 months old and just now started signing back. Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I was wondering if people just model the signs to their babies or if they actually take baby's hands and have them make the sign? Thanks!
 

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I mostly just model the sign but every once in a while I'll do it with her hands... not very often at all though.<br><br>
My DD started signing around 9ish months. Right now she's almost 11 months and is really good at "more" "all done" "milk" and "drink." It's kind of fun for us!!! AND really super cute to see her sign what she wants.
 

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My son didn't start signing until 13 months...but the worst part is I work with Deaf people and he sees signing ALL the time! I think his personality played a huge part in it because he definately takes his time with things...ie. crawling at 10 months, walking at 16 months, etc.<br><br>
Also, I have a few Deaf friends that recently had babies and when they interact with their babies, I noticed they take the babies hands and make them do the sign too. Of course, not with all signs, but what they are emphasizing..milk, mom, dad, etc... I never thought of that, but if anyone knows how to teach a baby to sign it would be someone that is Deaf <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">In my signing book, it says that the uthor's second child started signing at ?5? months and they started signing at birth.<br>
Here's a question for someone that I haven't figured out yet... how do you sign so baby can see if baby is always being worn?</div>
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same problem, esp while nursing<br><br>
i only use 1 sign with babe, and that is eat -- for nurse -- fingers to my lips. she has started putting HER fingers to MY lips when she wants to nurse! kinda defeats the purpose cuz i gotta be really close to her for her to be able to tell me what she wants. gr. anyway she first did that the day she turned 5 mos. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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For us, I started signing with dd at around 6 months old. She first started signing back around 9 months, and had just aq few signs (milk, more, all done, eat, drink, airplane and ball) until she was about a year old. Then she started to add a few more signs until she was 15 months, when she had a signing explosion (she still prefers to communicate by sign rather than by talking). I think starting with about 5-6 words is great! Just use them all the time, and at some point they will start responding. I occasionally put her hands in the position they needed to be in for the sign, but mostly I just modeled it for her. I think the mirror idea is great!
 

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I am a bit bummed. All the research i did says not to even start until around seven months. I would have started sooner had i known it would help. But my 8 mo just started waving and I read that's a good sign of readiness.
 

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DD is 8.5 mo old and we've signed with her from birth, mostly to get us in the habit.<br><br>
But we signed ever time I was going to nurse or when we potty her (or when we are going ourselves)<br><br>
She knows and uses Milk (nursing - not sure she would use it to ask for a bottle); More, and Toilet<br><br>
We use other signs but those are the three she uses.<br><br>
When wearing her I just make sure she can see the hand motion - we also use the verbal work too - they may be more for us, I don't know.<br><br>
I think DD signs more than we actually notice - but when she really wants something we tend to notice.
 

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I have been signing with my 9 month old son since he was about 3 months old. He still does not do any "signs" - not even bye - and I KNOW he's super smart <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">. He has started pointing at everything, so we have a little window into his thoughts these days. Seriously, he just doesn't seem to be into it yet. Truthfully, he probably doesn't need to sign since he is getting what he needs when he needs it.<br>
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