Monday, 16 May 2011

Baby sign - does it reduce tantrums!

Without consciously setting out to do it, I started doing some signing with Little Miss CS when she was about 10 months old. Because I was used to doing it at work, I started subconsciously signing "more" and "finished". Mr CS was very skeptical until one morning in bed, he asked Little Miss CS if she wanted more milk and she signed "finished"!

She had these 2 signs down pat by about twleve months and we decided that we wanted to teach her some more signs but wanted these to be really functional. So the next two we are focussing on are "eat" and "toilet". This last weekend Little Miss CS has really started using these well.

Now that she is better (finally!), she has been standing in front of the pantry and signing "eat". Clearly she is trying to put on all the weight that she lost while she was sick! She has also been signing "toilet" when she does a poo or a wee or when Mr CS or I go to the toilet.

The reason I wanted to blog about this is because I believe that this small amount of sign has limited Little Miss CS's frustration and (touch wood - we'll probably have one tomorrow) as yet, we have not had any tantrums.

I had a bit of a look on google scholar tonight and found a critical review paper looking at articles on teaching hearing babies some sign language. Here is the link: Appealed to the scientific side of my brain!

Would love to hear about other people's experiences with baby sign. What are the most useful signs to teach? What do you think I should focus on next? Do you have any questions??? (I am no expert but happy to share my thoughts).

Have a great week!

Common Sense Mummy xx

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