31 Signs To Teach Your Baby That Will Be Helpful As They Grow

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Whether your child is hearing impaired, has speech delays, or is simply too young to speak yet, you might find yourself struggling with ways to communicate with your little one. That's when the many signs to teach your baby come into play. And you don't have to be an expert in sign language to successfully master these basic, but beneficial, signs. Though you may think your baby is too young to grasp the concept of linguistics, it turns out infants as young as six months can learn simple signs, according to the experts at the Baby Center.

Since I had taken a couple of years of American Sign Language (ASL) in college, I was fairly eager to start the process with my son. At first I was a bit discouraged because it seemed like he just thought I was making silly hand gestures. But, as his pediatrician reassured me, babies can understand long before they are able to demonstrate or recreate those concepts and actions. So, even if your little one is staring at you blankly, trust me when I say that they can comprehend more than they let on. Since it's never too early to start, go ahead and check out these signs you can teach your baby to make life easier.

1Help

Handspeak: sign language online on YouTube

Whether your little one is stuck, can't reach something, or just needs assistance, the sign from Handspeak will do the trick.

2More

Handspeak: sign language online on YouTube

This is a super useful sign, especially for when they've graduated to solid foods.

3Please

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

As The Linguistics Girl demonstrates, it's never too early to teach good manners, right?

4Thank You

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

Of course you can't have "please" without "thank you."

5Yes

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

The moment you and your baby are able to get this sign down, it's a game-changer.

6No

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

Most parents hope their kid doesn't learn this word until later, but it's still helpful to know.

7Milk

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

Whether you use formula or breastfeed, this is the universal sign for milk.

8Bath

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

If your child is anything like my son, he absolutely hated being in wet or soiled clothes for even a nanosecond. So this sign was used quite frequently at our house.

9Done

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

My son also used this one all the time. Whether it was to signal he ate all his food or had finished an activity, this was an easy way for him to let me know he was all done.

10Mother

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

Just like with speaking, there's no telling whose name your baby will pick up on first.

11Father

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

Your partner will probably try and secretly get them to learn this one first.

12Brother

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

Unlike "mother" and "father," signs for siblings are a bit more complex.

13Sister

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

Not as simple as most signs, but you'd be surprised how quickly babies can pick things up.

14Grandfather

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

This is fairly easy since it's a modification of the sign for "father."

15Grandmother

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

The sign for "grandmother" is a play on the sign for "mother," too.

16Friend

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

I've found that little ones love nothing more than pointing out their fellow baby buddies.

17Eat

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

You'll probably get tired of seeing this one after a while.

18Drink

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

You can't have food without drink, right?

19Sleep

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

This can be used in a variety of ways, but this sign indicates sleep or sleepiness.

20Happy

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

Expressing feelings is a great way to help their emotional development.

21Sad

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

Of course you don't want your child to feel sad, but it helps when they can communicate it to you.

22Scared

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

This way you can know for sure if they're just playing around or legitimately uncomfortable.

23Mad

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

Chances are, if you can get them to talk about feeling mad, then they won't act on it instead.

24Hungry

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

Who's ready to eat?

25Book

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

Even if they can't read, babies love looking at colorful pictures in books.

26Play

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

Play time makes up a very important part of baby's day.

27Home

TheLinguisticsGirl on YouTube

Great for when they're ready to go back home.

28School

My Smart Hands on YouTube

This sign from My Smart Hands can also be used for daycare or pre-K.

29Travel/Go

My Smart Hands on YouTube

This can help them understand the concept of going from one point to another.

30Name

My Smart Hands on YouTube

If you think they're ready to learn this one, go for it.

31I Love You

My Smart Hands on YouTube

Of course every parent and child will love this sign.