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Image of a mom signing "I love you" to her baby.Why would I want to sign with my baby?

Signing is a tool for babies to communicate with their caregivers before they can speak. Developmentally, babies can use their hands to communicate much earlier than they can make meaningful words.

Studies show that families who teach signs feel less stressed because their baby cries less than babies from families that do not teach signs. This is because babies feel less frustrated when they can express their needs in a way that their caregivers understand. Also, families that teach baby signs feel that they bond with to their baby more quickly than families who do not teach signs.

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Five reasons to sign with your baby

1. Babies can use signs before they can make words.

2. Babies who sign learn to speak more quickly.

3. Babies cry less.

4. Caregivers understand their baby better, so they feel less stressed.

5. Caregivers and babies can bond more quickly.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Learn 12 Signs

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Signs for "eat" and "finish"

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Signs for "mom" and "dad"

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Signs for "more" and "drink"

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Signs for "play" and "now"

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Signs for "tired," "sleep," and "hurt"

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Signs for "yes" and "no"

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