Learn how to use signs for Please and Thank You 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 Please & Thank You
Please and thank you are signs that can easily fit into any setting.
Is your baby making a request such as reaching up to you, signaling that she would like to be picked up? Sign please, saying, “Can you say please?” before accommodating her request.
Did you just hand your baby his sippy cup? Sign thank you and say,” Can you say thank you?” after you hand the cup to your baby. Signing please and thank you while also verbalizing the appropriate phrases will introduce your baby to manners.
Below, your librarians show you how to sign both Please and Thank You.