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Is she too old to teach sign language to?

Hi Jackie,
My daughter is 7 1/2 months old, is she too old to teach sign language to? She is breast fed and I find that when she is hungry she is starting to tug on my top and it can be embarassing, can sign language help to stop this?

She also hummm talks....I do it back to her and she will copy me, its like a no open mouth conversation, will this slow her learning to talk?

Thank you kindly, heleina

Answer: Hi Heleina Thank you for your questions. No it is definitely not too late to starting introducing baby sign language to your daughter. I recommend introducing sign language to your baby from the age of 6 months as at this age they are physically able to sign back to you. It is important to start slowly and only choose a handful of signs. Use a combination of practical and motivationals signs and always ensure you say the word each time you sign the word. Consistency is key. By saying and signing the word, you could introduce the sign for breastfeed and this may prevent your baby from tugging on your top. It may take some time for your baby to understand what sign language is and what each sign represents so it is important to be patient. In relation to the word breastfeed, be consistent each time you breastfeed that you sign the word. Also the more people your baby sees signs the easier it will for your baby to understand what it is you are trying to communicate. Finally in studies on baby sign language, it highlighted that it accelerated the speech process as each time you sign a word you are also saying the word. Best of luck and please keep in touch and let me know how you go. Happy Signing! Jackie
Answered: 08 Mar 2008