Babies hear and understand the spoken word before they’re able to talk. Try communicating in baby sign language, and both you and your baby will benefit! Baby sign language provides simplified signs (distinct from American Sign Language) that can help strengthen communication between baby and parent. Signs such as “milk,” “more,” “book, and “finished” are common words to sign with babies. Another plus: Introducing your baby to simple signs allows your baby to communicate needs, and may reduce tantrums and frustrations. Learn and try it out at our upcoming program, Communicate With Your Baby From Day One on Saturday, July 21 at 11am at Schimelpfenig Library.
For more baby sign language, join us for Babes in Arms (0-9 months) and Rhyme Time (0-24 months) storytime, where we incorporate new and repeated signs each week. For details on storytime schedules and locations, click on the Find a Storytime tab above. Or watch Baby Sign Time at PPL playlist on Plano Public Library’s YouTube channel!
Signs of a Happy Baby – William Paul White (2017)
Baby Sign Language Basics – Monta Z Briant (2009)
Baby Signs – Linda P. Acredolo (2002)
Signing Time! (DVD series for children)
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