We used a combination of books, web resources and Baby Signing Time videos to teach her (and us!). The videos were, by far, her favorite. It's pretty exciting to know that Kevin and I are learning another language as well. We plan to continue with it and maybe take formal ASL (American Sign Language) classes eventually.
Sign language has made communication so much easier and saved us many frustrations (on both sides). Babies are able to express themselves with sign much sooner than with verbal language, so she is able to tell me what she wants or needs without me having to figure out what her cries and tantrums mean. Some people are afraid that if their baby learns to sign, it will delay their speaking, but Kennedy talks up a storm. We encourage Kennedy to sign and speak by signing and speaking ourselves. She does this with about half of her signs, but the rest will follow soon, I'm sure.
What a wonderful gift to be able to communicate with and understand your baby!
Here is a video of Kennedy signing
Kennedy's signing vocabulary
(to the best I can remember, in the order she learned them)
- all done
- hi and bye
- thank you
- wash hands
- brush teeth