I found another online video dictionary for lots of baby signs at Baby Signing Time Site. I looked at a couple and thought they were well done, and it seems like they cover a large number of baby signs with the dictionary. I wish the list of signs wasn’t just a long one that you have to scroll through to find the word you want the sign for, so it may not be that easy to use on a cell phone as the baby sign dictionary from Baby Sign Language I wrote about in an earlier post.
Disclaimer: this company sells materials for parents on baby sign and I am not familiar with them so I can’t say how good they are. This same company makes videos for older kids teaching sign language that I did have when my kids were young and they enjoyed them — they are called Signing Time and they were fun and the production quality was good.
There is a terrific resource available for baby signs — a baby sign language dictionary that shows a video of a particular sign as well as a diagram showing the sign as well. The dictionary covers over 600 of the common signs you might use with your child and can be found at BabySignLanguage.com.
People do ask me how readily babies pick up sign language and how easy is it for a parent to understand their baby’s signs.
In my experience, our babies started signing around 6 – 7 months, and by a year both my children had a fair amount of signs they knew and we understood. I would guess 30 – 50 signs or so by then, and understood many more.
I never thought to make a video of them signing at this age, and while I did capture their signing on a few videos, they don’t really give an idea of the breadth of their signing.
So I went online to search, and found this video showing a one year old doing all sorts of signs.
Disclaimer: This mom has her own course for baby signing she sells and a book, but I don’t have any experience with these materials so this isn’t an endorsement of them.
But I liked this video since it does show how babies can communicate clearly through sign language at one year — which is such a wonderful thing for a parent and child to experience.