I Taught My Baby Sign Language For A Week
August 6, 2019
(baby talks) – Yeah, okay. Good job! Yeah, good job. Well done. Hi, everyone. My name is Kristen. I have an 11 month old son named Wyatt and I’m really excited
because we’re going to teach him sign language for a week. (gasps) (laughs) Wyatt seems to get frustrated easily when he can’t communicate with us. – Outside of him pointing at things, I think it’s really good to be able to have actual words and description. Only good can come from it. – If I were going to bet,
I would say he’ll learn at least three signs throughout the week. – I don’t think he’ll learn in a week, no. (laughs) I don’t think anyone will learn in a week. – Who’s teaching it to him?
– We all are. – You can tell the way he’s pointing, he repeats as much as he
can, so I think he is just very anxious to have a way
to communicate with us, so I think it’s gonna be fun. – Mmm. Okay, wait. You do it. More. More, like this. Look, more. You do it. More. Do you want more food?
Like this. More, more. Every kid is so different
that you kind of have to tailor the words that you’re teaching to them to what makes sense for them. Look, Wyatt. Do you want more? Yeah! Good job! I had to go this morning
to a meeting with a client, so we had our nanny here and I showed her some of the signs we were doing. (laughs) He’s like, “But mom, this
is so much more effective.” A busy life and an
on-the-go life does make it difficult to get this done in a week. And it feels like I’m being unfair to him if I’m not giving it
110% or if my husband’s not or whoever else is around him. I’m finding that it’s actually easier not to so much focus on specific words, but instead try and find times where there are good, teachable moments. And he’s sitting down and eating. He’s looking at me,
he’s making eye contact. It’s almost like we’re
bartering, where I’m like, “okay, try and do more,”
and he gets something. When we’re doing things like
trying to play with him, I keep trying to say
ball or book or walker. It’s a little more
difficult because it’s hard to be playing with him
while using my hands. And he’s playing with the actual object and it’s not like–I don’t wanna
just take it away from him. – Ball? Ball. Good.
(baby exclaims) – Yeah!
(laughs) He’s kind of already
saying some of the words, which makes it a little tricky. So it makes it difficult to
basically try and convince him to use sign language when he’s like, “hey mom, I can say this word.” Show mama your car. Your car. Can you do it? Car. – Still a good possibility, because it’s not like he’s
speaking in full sentences. – So, we’ll see. We’re not supposed to
let him play with toys while he eats breakfast or any meal. But I think he’s not feeling great today. He has a little bit of a cough. So I’m softie and I’m giving in. But I will say it makes it
incredibly difficult to sign. (baby speaks)
– Yeah. I’ve found that any distractions when signing make it (gasps)
basically impossible. Wyatt, do you want more?
More? Look, more food? More. Oh! (laughs) I try and teach him and
if he doesn’t get it but like is the middle of eating, I know that he wants more
food and I just feel like a bad mom if I’m just
not giving it to him. So, I don’t know. I think that that obviously makes it difficult that I’m too easy on him but, oh well. Day four and the struggle is real. I have to be honest, sign language is kind of taking a backseat today. You know, mom life, what can you do? You can’t plan for so much. I feel like I can plan for like half hour increments, basically, and then you
just have to be flexible. I think him not feeling great, you know, made me want to, again, keep him happy. And so day four did not go as planned. But there’s always day five, right? Yeah, okay. Good job!
Yeah, good job, all done. He did start to somewhat sign all done. I think the reason is, with
all the other signs so far, he’s either able to say
the word or he knows, like, for example, with more, he can pick up his own food and eat more or he know that we’ll give him more food. When he’s done eating, I think he like, “I am done eating, get this away from me.” Overall, we still got one
word, and that is like amazing. Day six. Wyatt went to his
grandparents’ house today. He did not learn sign language, but he did have a great time. I think, in the beginning
of the week I was like, “Oh, he really wants to
communicate and he gets frustrated and this will
help us communicate.” And by the end of the
week, I’ve kind of realized we’re actually really
great at communicating. – Ball!
– That’s right, that’s a ball. Good job. This experience has been awesome in terms of realizing how
close we are and how much we understand each other and I love that. Final day. What to you think, Wy? I think so, too. You had fun? We just found what formula
works best for Wyatt. And I think that’s a great point. I think if any lesson
that we learned from this, it’s that every kid is so
different, as I’ve often said. And you need to communicate with your kid the way that works best for them. But clearly we have someone
here who likes to talk. Yeah. Can I have a kiss? Can I have a kiss? Aww, mwah.