One of the most frustrating things with an infant can be the lack of communication. Mom can’t understand baby, baby doesn’t understand why mom isn’t listening, and there can be crying on both sides. While my first child may have been exasperated with me, he helped me to get a head start with his siblings. So by the fourth child I feel like this baby is a genius…but really it’s that mama finally figured out all the cues and coos that our little ones give us. A huge tool in that communication has also been baby sign language. It’s an automatic thing in our family now and I forgot that I had to learn it in the beginning. So I thought I would post our favorite signs to help other new mommy’s teach their babies to “talk”. Please share with us if you have any favorite signs that help in your family. 😀
The first sign that we teach is milk. Then we teach food, diaper, water, please, and thank you. After we have them down we may learn mom, dad, and special symbols for her siblings. But she may just say our names by then too. As of 3/27/12 we haven’t started please and thank you with Vaylee(11 months old) yet. But she has milk down, as well as food and diaper. Water is usually grunted rather than signed. Sigh, ah well, you can’t win them all. 😀
Milk- put your hand in a fist and mime milking a cow’s udder. Open, close. Vaylee looks like she’s almost waving hello with both hands, accepts she adamant, and she is signing to mom.
Food- All five fingers together bring them to your mouth, then away, then back to your mouth, them away, rinse and repeat as needed
Diaper- I just pat my pelvis with my hands flat. Baby’s with finger positions it more difficult.
Please- Rub your hand on your chest in a circle.
All these signs and more can be found on the http://www.lifeprint.com/ website where there is an ASL dictionary and online lessons(free). Images sourced from lifeprint.com.
Newborn babies talk too! While a tiny baby can’t sign to you, they do have their own special language. It’s easiest to hear what they are saying if you listen before they get frustrated and start crying.
Neh(may sound like Nah, listen for the n sound)- I’m hungry
Owh- I’m tired (mouth tends to be open like a yawn in an oval shape)
Eh(listen for the e beginning sound)- Burp me
Eairh- lower wind pain (lower more urgent r sound)
Heh- uncomfortable (too hot, too cold, diaper change)