I’m a firm believer in no screen time for babies until they reach two years old, with one exception… Baby Signing Time.
These DVDs, from Two Little Hands media, are a fantastic intro for parents and their kids to baby signing, a simplified version of American Sign Language. I started the videos with Travis when he was five months old, and I’m getting an even earlier jump with Veronika. Now that she’s three months old, we broke out the old DVDs.
What are the benefits of signing? Baby’s can use their hands more competently before they can use their vocal chords, which means “words” come earlier. That means less frustration for kids and for the parents who are trying to understand him.
Veronika was rapt with attention right away, since the DVDs put each word to catchy music, and show other children making the signs.
If you don’t want to invest in the DVDs, you can always learn a few of the most common words you use in your day. Try learning the sign for milk, which is just your fist squeezing (like you’re milking a cow!).
Water, which you can also sign at bath time, is your fingers in a W that bounces on your chin.
You can even make up your own signs, as long as your consistent with it! The key is to use the sign every time you say the word out loud.
I’m also hoping that signs will alleviate Travis’s frustration that his baby sister can’t talk yet. Older sibs can sign to and with baby, and open up the lines of communication earlier.
We can’t wait to see which one is Veronika’s first sign!