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Hey there, I really want to start signing with my babe. I'm just not sure which one to use- babysigns (or make up our own) or traditional ASL. DH thinks ASL, but I want to look at the two to see what is easiest for her to learn. And I thought I'd see if anyone here had experiences with either. Which do you do? Do you think one is preferable to the other?<br><br>
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I'd go with ASL. If the gestures are too difficult she'll adjust them for herself anyway. I see it like not using baby talk with babies...they'll still pronounce things their own way for a while, but if they never hear it properly, how will they know how it's supposed to sound? Make sense?
 

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I second (or is it third) the vote for ASL. ASL is a beautiful language. My understanding is that babysigns are based on sign language, but are also made up of gestures. With ASL, you can continue past a baby stage and use it to teach this whole other language (sign) to your child. Sign language is used as a second language by several people in my family and it has been very handy to have my kids be able to communicate (pre and post verbally) with these other adults. I find it much more versatile than babysigns.<br><br>
ASL is not hard. Very easy for children to use. Normal first words include "more", "milk", "eat". Then they can move into "Mommy", "Daddy", "cracker", "cookie", and so many more. I have enjoyed getting nursery rhyme books that included sign language and reading/signing to my kids.<br><br>
Anyway, I vote for ASL.
 

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<span style="font-size:xx-small;">Oh DEFINITELY ASL. The great thing about teaching your baby to sign is that she'll be gaining something useful for when she's older. Baby signs won't be of any use once she's not a baby anymore.<br><br>
Also, ASL really isn't hard, and children pick up new languages SO quickly. Baby won't have any trouble learning it, I'm sure.</span>
 

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I vote for ASL as well, though we never ignored signs that Ben made up himself, we'd just incorporate them in and sometimes find the asl sign if it was easier or more appropriate.
 

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Did ASL and adjusted signs as we needed to. Sometime we have signs that are neither, DS just made them up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I was going through the same thing myself & decided on ASL. As other people have said the baby will adjust the signs on his own anyway. My ds is 11 mos & just started signing back & the 3 signs he is using are all Adjusted ASL signs.. Milk, momy, nurse. I also found there are a lot more book/video references for ASL and easier to find in the library. Good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Another vote for ASL. We're not necessarily doing all of the signs correctly (our interpretation of the symbols in the book), but at least we're starting with a real language. If you're going to learn something and teach it, you may as well at least have a real-world starting place. I didn't think the Baby Signs really had any ease of learning/teaching over ASL to make it preferrable.
 
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