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What is Baby Sign?

Baby sign is a term used to describe the introduction of Sign Language to a pre-verbal infant or toddler. It is also, often the first step for parents learning to sign with a child who may not ever be able to communicate orally.

A small set of signs are usually adopted first, based of common objects and terms, that would be familiar to the child's everyday life. In Australia we adopt these from AUSLAN (which stands for AUStralian Sign LANguage). We use Auslan with infants, even if the intention is not to continue signing after the child begins to articulate as it is our indigenous sign language. It is nationally recognised and used within many childcare centers, amongst family day care centers, and of course by sign dependant Australians. By choosing to learn AUSLAN, even at the Baby Sign level, your child will be able to communicate these signs with our AUSLAN users; which may include a deaf child at their childcare or school later in life.

Where do you start?

Below you will find a list of the most commonly adopted baby signs. Start simple. Select 3-5 signs and introduce them into your daily communication. Then build up from there. Many parents have reported finding household labeling beneficial. Use the images below to create your own labels, or download our pre-made ones SOON.

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Sign for baby
baby
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Sign for bath
bath
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Sign for bib
bib
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Sign for biscuit
biscuit
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Sign for biscuit
biscuit
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Sign for bottle
bottle
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Sign for bottle feed
bottle feed
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Sign for breast feed
breast feed
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Sign for cold
cold
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Sign for cot
cot
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Sign for cry
cry
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Sign for dirty
dirty
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Sign for doll
doll
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Sign for drink
drink
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Sign for dummy
dummy
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Sign for eat
eat
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Sign for father
father
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Sign for finish
finish
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Sign for good
good
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Sign for highchair
highchair
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Sign for home
home
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Sign for hot
hot
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Sign for hug
hug
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Sign for kiss
kiss
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Sign for milk
milk
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Sign for more
more
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Sign for mummy
mummy
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Sign for nappy
nappy
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Sign for no
no
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Sign for no
no
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Sign for play
play
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Sign for playpen
playpen
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Sign for please
please
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Sign for sick
sick
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Sign for sleep
sleep
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Sign for sorry
sorry
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Sign for stop
stop
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Sign for story
story
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Sign for teddybear
teddybear
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Sign for thanks
thanks
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Sign for toilet
toilet
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Sign for toys
toys
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Sign for wash
wash
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Sign for wash yourself
wash yourself
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Sign for what
what
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Sign for where
where
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Sign for yes
yes
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