So what are the hallmarks of a great first baby sign?
From years of experience with signing, I suggest that there are 3 groups of signs, I call them the F SIGNS. The best first baby signs fit into one of these three categories:
Baby signs that are functional
Baby signs that share feelings
Baby signs that are fun
Functional baby signs involve asking for something or expressing a need. MILK for example, is the most common first sign a baby will learn, as it is often what a baby is asking for the most. Other signs that would fall under this category might be DIAPER or FOOD.
Baby signs that share feelings might express happiness or sadness. I feel that the most important one of all for a baby to learn and see often is the sign for “I love you”. There are never enough ways to share this feeling, so the more the better!
Fun baby signs will be specific to the babies’ environment. For example, if you have a dog in the house that the baby likes, it might be the sign for dog. Or, if your baby has a favorite ball, that might be your fun sign. These signs are often involved in playtime or silly moments.
Baby sign language should, above all, be fun and fit with your lifestyle. The more you put into signing, the more you’ll get out of it. Keep signing and have a great day!