I’ve taught both of my girls sign language from the day that they were born. It’s always been something that was extremely important to me and it has paid off rather well. My first daughter, Harlan, started signing around nine months. We were able to almost fully understand her wants and needs solely on the signs that she showed us by the time that she turned one.
Avery started signing a couple of months ago and knows “milk” and “eat.” As she gets older, I expect her sign language ability to grow and flourish so that we will be able to communicate with one another better.
When I started signing with both girls, we started with the basics. The very first sign that I taught them was “milk” because I was nursing them all of the time. As they got older and more activities became a part of our daily routine, we incorporated more signs. Once we had our daily routine down, the signs just slowly became a normal part of that routine. I don’t expect us to add many more as Avery gets older because soon she will be able to talk and verbally communicate what she needs. But for the time being, there are 10 signs that we use the most during our everyday routine.
Here’s a glimpse into our nightly routine (yes, I am in my pajamas, don’t judge) that shows what signs I use most often and how to do them. Check them out below!
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