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It’s proven Baby Signing does speeds up child’s vocabulary

When I said,”Go read book,” to my Baby Hambali, immediately he would signing ‘book’ and trotted to the bookshelves and picked one of his favourite book and started reading.

When I want to distract him from continuing making a mess over my makeup , I would suggested to him,”Watch VCD ya?” and he will stopped messing around, signing ‘video’ (VCD) back to me & straight away plopped on the sofa while I switch on the DVD player.

And everytime when he wants something especially ‘Nenen’ (milk), eat and sleep, he will signed to me especially or to his Papa. Things are quite different with his elder brother, Hanafi as when Hanafi was about the same age like Hambali now, we never knew the existence of any Baby Sign.

Hanafi was a bit delayed in communicating although we are amazed with his high attention span and quick minds especially absorption of anything his mind wants to adopt. Differ with Hambali whom very expressive and with the tools which is Baby Sign, it does make a big difference. The key point is you have to be persistence and believe till one day, you are soon to yield it’s great result. This is what happening to us.

I still referred to that book and that Signing VCD that I bought is always shown to Baby Hambali. He seems glued to it and day by day, he adds more signing. The most recent one is ‘Video’ (VCD) totalling 21 Signing so far.

You probably thinking Signing is only for the deaf or only for those having speech delayance, but that is a misconception people seems to be having. You probably thinking why my family love signing so much and keen to let people know about it. Just saying we are living proof that signing speeds up our lil toddler’s vocabulary, would that convincing enough?. It close the gap of communication blunder as we know the interpretation of our child’s needs and we can pass the message to him smoothly as well. Do take note though, we are not only signing. Everytime we sign we speak the word simultaneously. That explains nowadays, sometimes, without signing, I just say the word and Baby Hambali will respond by signing the exact word that I just spoke.

Take the expert word if you still unconvinced. According to the research, babies who sign are less frustrated, have closer bonds with their parents, develop larger vocabularies, become better readers and outsmart babies who don’t sign. Mothers, especially, have a sixth sense (don’t you agree?) when it comes to interpreting their baby’s cries and body language. But a signing baby can share more specific information about what he wants or needs. Simply put, baby sign language is a way to communicate with your baby before your baby can speak by teaching him a few basic gestures or signs. It’s a way to bridge the gap between his gurgling stages to the time when he actually talk.

Another misconception people seems to be having, signing baby will delayed his speech. But, seriously, we are not having that issue. In fact, Baby Hambali seems eager to talk too.Research has shown that while babies lack the fine motor skills to speak, they do have the ability to understand and use language as early as six to seven months, provided they are given the right tools and guidance. While speech can only be acquire, averagely by research findings between 18 months to two years plus, a child ability to manipulate objects with his hands is rapidly increasing. So, why wait for your baby to speak his first words? Your child may ready to communicate now!

Can all babies do Signing?

As you know, gesturing is a natural tendency for a baby. It’s something that he’ll do even if you follow through any specific signing programme. Babies are mimics. They take their lead from the people who surround them. They learn to speak by listening to you. And they’ll learn signing by watching you.

So whether or not a baby will sign has little to do with the baby. All babies can learn to sign. How fast they’ll learn and how many signs they’ll make are the things in question. Each baby’s capabilities and milestones differs likewise their fine motor skills. So the degree of signing success a baby achieves is in direct proportion to the level of dedication and enthusiasm of his parents.

January 29, 2010 - Posted by | Adore BABY SIGN, Adore NATURAL PARENTING


  1. buku baby sign tu senang tak nak cari hanz? 🙂

    Comment by CatlinaFly | January 29, 2010 | Reply

  2. Cat, I beli kat MPH. VCD tu kat Eezy Video.

    Comment by Hanz | January 29, 2010 | Reply

  3. Oh yes, I love signing for babies 😀 I started a little late with my eldest but he enjoyed it immensely…now he is teaching his baby bro too! I recently bought one of the packages at which has flashcards, books and DVDs. But with my eldest I only used (free!) baby signs videos on youtube 😉 Kiasu nyer…

    Comment by glam.mama | January 29, 2010 | Reply

  4. hanz, u're right, mmg kalau kita amlkan baby sign utk anak dr awal, it really helps us a lot ..:) macam Q, everytime i nak makan, dia akan toleh tau ..ahhaa..then i said " Mummy want to EAT", sambil tunjuk sign, then dia senyum jer & tak kacau, dia tau i nak makan ..ahhaha… duk diam2 tgk dvd jgn kacau haa…wkakaka…sometimes dia diri celah2 me & hubby nak manja2..:)i ada beli baby babble masa kat bali, ada speech pathologist ajar baby sign jugak, suprisingly, baru2 nih, Q bukan setakat buat action, dia sebut skali the word..i tgh tidur2 ayam masa tuh terus terjaga, betul ker anak aku cakap nih? last2 bila i tulis kat board dan tunjuk dia, she smile, say the word with pelat2 baby & do the action! terkejut i! happy giler.. dia cakap OPEN & PLEASE sambil wat action. action please tak tahan…bukan main lagi tangan dia teroleng2 depan dada, cam nak menari makyung pun ada ..hahahaha…

    Comment by Watie Aziz | January 30, 2010 | Reply

  5. Glam Mama, I went Parent Workshop too by BabySignsMalaysia. Been thinking to get more tools from there & been wanting to enrol Potty Party by them. My eldest enjoyed it too thouh only known this by age 5…better late than never, right? :>

    Comment by Hanz | January 30, 2010 | Reply

  6. Watie, Baby Babble? apa tu? Sounds interesting! Your feelings tu I faham sangat2…suka cara u bercerita balik kat me..hehehe..

    Comment by Hanz | January 30, 2010 | Reply

  7. me & miya mmg happily signing.about speech delay, i was also worried as 1st. But lately i realized, she can pronounce the words that she can sign. maybe sebab slalu dgr the word while the ppl in the signing video show the sign. she might not know/sebut simple daily words to communicate like other non-signing kids, but she surely can say words out of the norm. 😀

    Comment by Confession of a Coffeeholic Mama-Miya | January 31, 2010 | Reply

  8. Hanz, call me Adriana 😉 I agree, better late than never!Mama Miya, from what I understand, signing while saying the words are the most important aspect of baby signing with a non-hearing-impaired child. I noticed my eldest also would find it easier to say the words that he knows the sign for. Its so amazing to see their thought process at that age, huh? 🙂

    Comment by glam.mama | February 1, 2010 | Reply

  9. sis, ur rite.. Al Rayyan yg sebaya with Hambali also can tak alot now. i wanted to go for the babysign class, but masa its in bangsar, im in Jb, so i did my own sign ikot creativity sendiri.. alhamdulillah rayyan dah boleh more than 30 signs, and speaks a lot at 19 month. kalau eat dia letak tgn kt mulut, drink tunjuk haus, sakit perot, go out, solat, sume pakai sign. pastuh cat, rabbit, giraffe, elephant letak tgn kat hidung sambil nyanyi gajah hidung panjang.. and lots more. now both me and papa rayyan try to expose him with one new vocab a day. baru balik dr Krabi, dia dah boleh sebut sun, sea, beach, shop, prawn, crab.. aduuu mcm terharu lah everytime dia sebut..i did send him to nursery for a day. to my surprise, they give 10 to 24 month kid makan nugget goreng. even yg tkde gigi pun bagi. yang parents dah bekalkan fruit pun dia sumbat skit. and they only activity is play and sleep. the teachers says nanti dah 2 thn baru ade activity.. i balik and terus pk, selagi i can be WAHM, i will try my best and homeschool rayyan. kakak, thanks byk info i gain from ur blog, and will try my very best for my little boy..

    Comment by fathinz md nor | February 1, 2010 | Reply

  10. Mama Miya, agrees! :> Happy for u too!

    Comment by Hanz | February 1, 2010 | Reply

  11. Adriana, oh am I so glad finding mommas whom share the same excitement with me here… 😀

    Comment by Hanz | February 1, 2010 | Reply

  12. Fathinz, 30 Signs? Impressive. Happy for u too! 😀

    Comment by Hanz | February 1, 2010 | Reply

  13. Hanz,Baby Babble to is a DVD. Actually ada 2 tapi i managed utk beli satu jer masa kat Bali sebab takder stok..pirate punya lah .. ahhaha.. but gambar semua clear…kat Bali mmg heaven kalau nak beli DVD kanak2 nih…education & entertainment dvd semua ada, murah lak tu ..i habiskan more than 1 juta rupiah beli DVD Qarissa dulu .. campur2 lah …sudahnya DVD i yg tak beli coz hubby takut tak lepas kastam ..wkakaka… yer lah, banyak giler cam berniaga..ahaks…..

    Comment by Watie Aziz | February 1, 2010 | Reply

  14. Watie, oohh nak google & nak carilah kat sini…tapi so far tak jumpa lagi..thanks for the infos! :>

    Comment by Hanz | February 1, 2010 | Reply

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