Initially it will be recognition of the needs of their body, perhaps as they go, moments before or after. Baby sign language is a ‘bridge’ between our pre-verbal babies and our verbal culture. You are giving them a ‘tool’ they may use to communicate with you.
Our visual memories are older, so babies readily recognise signs as soon as they are able.
Around 12 months is common for signing to really pick up, though earlier and later are just as possible. Keep practicing, look for recognition of signs before your baby will use them to ‘talk’ to you.
Choose an appropriate sign or natural gesture. It should be simple, so baby can crudely imitate it, and always be used with the spoken word and loving eye contact.
These 3 tips will make it easy for you to sign regularly in your day so that baby sign language and baby pottying are simply integrated and normal parts of your lifestyle.
With these 3 simple strategies you’ll be adding baby sign language to your elimination communication (EC) moments with ease.
Sometimes your baby will display great awareness and control. They’ll sign clearly and in a timely way. Other times they won’t – being a baby is busy work!
Expect your practicing of baby sign language and of Elimination Communication to ebb and flow.
Like any natural process there will be flashes of amazing communication, the reason families get hooked on elimination communication.
See this as a wonderful and fleeting sign of the future, not an expectation they’ll be toilet independent at a very early age. EC is something you *practice* with your baby, part of your lifestyle, rather than a ‘method’ or results based activity like conventional potty or toilet training.
Give it a go – Baby Sign Language and Elimination Communication are great partners in helping your baby to communicate with you as soon as they are able.
You’ll gradually reduce your use of diapers or nappies, helping the environment, saving you money and best of all, enjoying a new dimension in the bond you share with your baby.
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