I would like to learn infant signing but I don’t want to buy the DVDs. How do I go about it without much monetary expenditure?
Good question! And the happy answer is that you don’t need to spend any money at all to begin signing with your baby. Babies don’t really watch DVDs anyway. Though my older kids enjoy the DVDs, Raphael can only be counted on to tune in for the theme song. If your baby is going to learn signing, he is going to learn it the same way he learns verbal language—from you. And you don’t need to take a crash course in ASL either. If you think about it, a baby’s world is pretty small. If you learn the signs for “milk,” “play,” and “sleep” you can use these with your little one at the approriate times until he catches on. Sites like this one are useful for when you want to expand your vocabulary. And don’t forget your local library. Many carry the Signing Time series and we found this great book at ours. Happy signing!
P.S. For those who asked, Raphael is signing “eat” in the picture below. And yes, he is a die-hard Red Sox fan. And yes, that is the remnants of a whopper of a goose egg on his sweet little noggin. He took a header from a kitchen chair three days ago. His climbing skills exceed his sensing-danger skills as well as his mother’s keeping-up skills these days. Mea culpa.