Basic Signs to Teach Your Baby Before They Can Talk

Basic Signs to Teach Your Baby Before They Can TalkDespite the fact that your baby can’t form sentences yet, they can most certainly learn basic sign language. When you become a parent, any type of communication with your child is vital, which means teaching them different signs can make a huge difference. Also, a baby’s understanding of language and motor skills develop faster than their ability to speak. Here are some basic signs to teach your child before they’re able to talk:


If you can teach your child the ability to show you when they’re hungry or thirsty, this will definitely come in handy before they are able to tell you. Using the hand motion of hand to mouth with a tilting motion should be good enough for you to understand that your little one is in need of some sustenance.

This is also a sign that will save you from temper tantrums or crying fits as you will know exactly how to help your baby when they show you.


The ability to show your child that something is too hot will provide a great preventative measure for their safety. This will not only allow you to show them something that shouldn’t be touched because it’s too hot, but it also lets your child show you when something is too hot for them to eat or touch.

This motion can be shown to them by putting your hand out or touching something, and then quickly withdrawing it.


Another great and simple sign language movement you can teach your child is asking them where something is. By shrugging your shoulders and holding your palms out, you can show the little one that you’re unsure of where something is located. This can be helpful when you take your eyes off of them for a while and need to know where they’re hiding something.

Thumbs Up

The thumbs up and down signs are universal signs for indicating whether you like or dislike something. Due to this, the thumbs up sign would certainly be beneficial to teach your child before they are able to speak. If your little one can tell you what they like or don’t like without even speaking a word, this could be of monumental help as you’re raising them.

Since this sign is understandably more difficult for a child to pick up and understand, try to use the thumbs up as often as possible. Anytime you notice your baby enjoying a certain food or having fun with a toy, indicate a thumbs up each time!

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