Baby Sign Language Helps Reduce Tears and Tantrums – Early Language Development Makes a Happy Baby!

Consider this scenario, your 8-month-old baby is crying uncontrollably. You changed her nappy, fed her, rocked her, did whatever came to her mind to meet her needs – it still goes on. This is a real disappointment – for you and for him. What if your baby could tell you what he wanted? If you include baby sign language in your daily communication with him, he can.

Typical language development in children tells us that 12-month-olds can use one or more words meaningfully. How has your baby communicated with you until then? In most cases, their communication has been through tears and tantrums. Not only them, but you also cry most of the time. Babies are aware of their wants and needs before they use language to communicate them. Without language, they must communicate their needs through crying and tantrums. They will develop different explosions for different needs – hunger, pain, comfort and more. Your frustration begins when you try to decipher these different cries. Babies are born with an instinctive need to communicate. Imagine their disappointment and yours when they couldn’t.

By teaching your baby sign language, they will be able to convey their basic needs to you from the age of 6 months. If your baby can wave or raise their arms, they can use sign language. Babies develop fine muscles in their hands before they develop speech muscles. They can contact you before speaking. Imagine being able to meet your babies’ needs with a single gesture instead of prolonged tears and tantrums.

As parents, we marvel at the first year of our child’s life. Birth weights triple; they begin to walk out of utter desperation; their cognitive development is great and they start speaking at 12 months, but their language is limited to single words like Mama and Dada. The only thing we can’t see or really understand is what’s going on in their little minds. This is because there is no way to contact us. Yes, we do learn to decipher their cries to some extent, but does that really tell us much about their wants and needs? Does your baby have to communicate with you out of frustration? There is a better way. By the age of 6 months, your baby can communicate with you using sign language.

Babies are born with a need to communicate, but the motor skills needed to speak are not learned until 12 months. They have the ability to understand language and use it long before that.

Babies communicate by crying from the moment they are born. At about 7 months of age, they begin to use gestures along with tears to communicate their needs. They will point, nod, and raise their arms to be picked up. They learned these gestures from those around them. By repeating these movements, babies soon learn that they can communicate with us. They begin to feel more control over their environment. At this point, if you start using signs along with spoken language, your baby will soon realize that they can communicate more extensively by copying your gestures. It will develop their confidence that they can influence the world around them and that we value their contribution.

As you start teaching your baby American Sign Language, you will soon see the benefits of early communication. These benefits include:

• Less frustration (for you and your baby)

• Reduced stress for the whole family

• Your baby will be able to convey their wishes and needs.

• Build trust with your child

• Strengthening your babies’ self-confidence and self-esteem

• Influencing your baby’s environment positively

• Ability to share their own world

• Positive emotional development in your child

• More self-esteem

Studies have shown us that babies who use sign language are happier and less irritable. That means you’ll be happier and less irritable, too. You’d be surprised what goes on in their little heads.

Now that you have a common language, instead of crying and tantrums, your baby will sign milk; You will answer; and everyone will smile. What could be better than this?

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