After seeing how successful baby sign language was with my two nephews, I was really excited to start using it with Zakiyy. We promptly started between 4-6mo and anxiously waited for him to sign back…for months and months! He just wasn’t interested in signing back, we figure it’s because we are really aware of his cues and respond quickly to his cues so he didn’t need to sign. We knew a look meant he had a dirty diaper, or rocking back in the high chair meant he was all done eating etc.
To be honest, I was ready to let signing go and move on but Qa’ed wanted to keep signing just in case Zakiyy picked it up. And then at around 11mo he started signing “more”, ”up”, and “I want” and the words just kept on coming and coming! The two newest ones is “Please” and “Thank You”. I know there’s an opinion not to tell kids “say please” or “say thank you” and let them learn it by watching their parents and surrounding adults. I see the benefit in that but I prefer to teach it as a habit from as early as possible. Then reinforce it with observational learning.
We try to use as much of the authentic American Sign Language as possible but of course babies put their own twist to their signs. It’s pretty cute! Please is supposed to be rubbing one’s chest but Zakiyy rubs his fingers together (edit: just caught him saying please the ASL way!) Thank you is supposed to be an open palm touching your chin and reach out but Z holds his hand to his mouth and leaves it there. Thought I’d share some of the cuteness!