Baby Sign Language: Mom & Dad

Learn how to use signs for Book and Again with your family.

Research suggests that signing gives a child a way to communicate months before they can talk and that children can understand sign language long before they begin to use it.

You can learn more about this form of communication on our Communicating with Your Baby/Toddler page on the blog.

Signing Mom & Dad

Mom and Dad are great initial signs that can be introduced to your baby. Simply sign mom or dad whenever your baby sees their respective parent.

While teaching your baby to say “Mommy” or “Daddy,” try signing the words as you say them. You can take this a step further by teaching the sign for nanny/caregiver if your baby has a regular caregiver in their life.  

Below, your librarians show you how to sign both Mom and Dad.

Learn how to sign “mom”

Learn how to sign “dad”

Practice using these newly learned signs while reading!

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
My New Mom & Me by Renata Galindo
Froggy’s Day with Dad by Jonathan London
Dad’s First Day by Mike Wohnoutka

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