Arrow backLanguage
0-6 months

PLAYING: لغة الإشارة لدى الأطفال

Add this post to favorites

Teaching Your Baby Sign Language

From the moment they’re born, your baby has a lot to say. Whether they’re rubbing their eyes when they’re tired to reaching their arms up when they want a cuddle, they’ve got ways to tell you how they’re feeling. Here are some baby sign language cues to look out for.

2 mins to read Mar 31, 2021
  • Ask yourself if baby’s tired. Look out for a slow build-up of grunt-like cries and rubbing eyes. 
  • Work out if they’re in pain. Often signaled with a sudden high-pitched shriek followed by a big breath and another shriek.
  • Find out if it’s colic. Watch out for regular shrieking in the late afternoon or evening for up to a few hours. Their face may become flushed, scrunched up, and they may clench their fists, draw their knees up to their tummy, or arch their back.
  • Could baby be angry? Look out for loud crying while going red in the face. 
  • Remember they might feel ignored. Yelling and shouting could be a hint. 
  • Watch out for signs of fear. Baby may freeze on the spot. 
  • Ask yourself if they’re hungry. They might be hunting for the breast or fidgeting and sucking fingers, your shoulders, or even your nose or chin! 
  • Remember they’re learning to talk. Regular babbling means they probably just want a chin wag. 
  • See if they want something. Once they learn to point, they may get good at giving instructions. 
  • Find out if they just want a cuddle. Baby will soon start to raise her arms to let you know. 
  • See if they want to play. Hiding their face behind their hands could be a good time for peekaboo. 
  • Look out for signs your baby is content—an angelic little face smiling back at you!
MVP Logo

Get full access to expert-backed nutrition support

  • newspaper icon

    My feed

    Curated content based on your preferences 

  • medical expert icon

    Feeding guidance

    Learn about various feeding options and what each means for you and your baby

  • corner border

    Tailored Practical Tools

    Try our tailored practical tools to guide you through the parenting journey.

  • letter icon

    My First 1000 Days club

    Customised notifications, reminders and newsletters

Search icon

Still haven't found what you are looking for?

Try our new smart question engine. We'll always have something for you.