Bellabean has become so expressive over the past few weeks. She just started to wave "Hello!" and it seems like it would be an easy progression to start using our hands to communicate in other ways as well. HH and I both intuitively sign to her as it is (we're both conductors, what would you expect!), so I started to look into Baby Sign Language. I love the idea! I found a fantastic website (clear explanations, beautiful videos, baby-tailored) called My Smart Hands. She uses ASL, but explains how modifications can help little hands. At this point, I am practicing incorporating the signs into our daily conversations and it feels very natural. Here are the first few words we're using:
I Love You
As we progress, and the family/needs words become ingrained and natural, I am going to try to incorporate these next words, too!
Have you signed with your little ones? What words and signs were most important to you? Are there any that you still use as they are older? "I love you" is certainly a mainstay of our family communication, even between HH and me (and the boys, and the girl, and the grandparents, and the dogs!!)