Baby Sign Language Chart

Baby Sign Language Wall Chart
Baby Sign Language Chart (self-print version)

The printable baby sign language chart helps you learn the basic signs so that you can in turn teach your baby. The free baby sign language chart is made up of six separate sheets of paper that are each printed out and then taped together to make the final chart. Pin the chart to a wall or your refrigerator and before you know it you will be signing like a pro!

The wall chart is particularly useful as a reminder for caregivers or babysitters who may be seeing the signs for the first time or just need a reminder.

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The Wall Chart gives family members an easy way to learn baby sign language. It also helps babysitters, grandparents, and other caregivers understand baby’s signing when you are away.

  • 17 Basic Signsmommy, daddy, cat, grandmother, grandfather, dog, cat, more, all done, water, milk, diaper, bath, bed, car, ball, and book.
  • High Quality Construction – printed on thick stock with a glossy wipe clean finish.
  • Large Format – 24″ x 36″

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The Baby Sign Language Kits, bundle together everything you need to get started with signing in one box, at a steep discount. The premium kit includes: (1) Baby Sign Language DVDs & CDs, (2) Baby Sign Language Guide Book; (3) Baby Sign Language Dictionary: (4) Baby Sign Language Flash Cards; and (5) Baby Sign Language Wall Chart.

Signing Time DVDs: Learning Made Fun

Baby Sign Language DVDs teach your baby to sign while keeping them entertained. This Emmy Award nominated program, teaches all the basics in a fun musical format. Your baby will learn:

  • Food Signs – never miss when they are hungry, thirsty, want more or are all done
  • Utility Signs – skip tantrums and understand when they are too hot, too cold, or need a diaper change
  • Family Signs – greet grandma and grandpa

Reg. $94.99

Flash Cards: Expand Vocabulary

Flash Cards expand your baby’s signing vocabulary giving them more ways to communicate and express their creativity.

  • 52 Cards – add family, home, and animal signs
  • Illustrated – pictures on the front, the sign on the reserve
  • Durable – board mounted & includes a hard case for storage

Reg. $24.99

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Teaching Guide: Get Faster Results

Teaching Guide our best information on teaching Baby Sign Language. Topics covered include

  • Pepperberg Method – teach signs twice as fast
  • Phrases – combining signs to make simple phrases
  • Transition to Speech – transition to talking

Reg. $19.99

Signing Dictionary: 600 Signs at Your Fingertips

Signing Dictionary puts over 600 signs at your fingertips. Always have the right sign available to match your child’s interest.

  • 600 Signs – have the right sign available when you need it
  • Illustrated – each sign includes two diagrams with both starting and ending positions
  • Letters & Numbers – start counting and alphabet games

Reg. $19.99

Wall Chart: Reminder for Caregivers

Wall Chart provides a quick reminder of the basic signs. Let babysitters, grandparents, and other caregivers understand the signs.

  • 14 Signs – all the basic signs
  • Glossy Coating – wipe clean waterproof coating
  • 24″ x 36″ – large format poster

Reg. $24.99

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45 Responses to “Baby Sign Language Chart”

  1. Liberty Lion

    Hello, I very much enjoy your videos, I have found the videos to be the best around. From what I have seen they stay very focused on education with no alternative agenda. My child is learning to speak, I have opted to supplement her speech with sign language as they seem to pick up sign language better than speaking aloud. But they understand what the words mean, and the speech will come in time, or am I wrong in this assumption? Because the words they are learning first seem to be those they also use with sign language. Thank you, and God Bless!

    • Baby Sign Language Administrator

      Glad you’re enjoying our videos, Liberty! And you are absolutely right: children understand what they are signing – and they can convey the same signs manually – faster than they can verbally express what they want. Just watch our baby videos on this page, if you haven’t already. You’ll see that they all affirm your assumption. Enjoy!

  2. B.A.

    Hi, I love this site. It’s great for me to brush up on the ASL I learned back in college. I’d love to be able to print out the poster and use it in the daycare I work at, but I seem to be having trouble downloading it. Is the link broken? Or maybe it’s because I’m on mobile atm?

    • Baby Sign Language Administrator

      The links should be fine now, B.A.. Could you check them out and let us know how it is on your end? Thank you!

    • Baby Sign Language Administrator

      The links are okay now, James. Could you check them out and let us know how it is on your end? Thank you!

  3. TSF

    This website really helped me understand what my child actually does and try to say to me and this website and page makes me so aware, that I can’t even believe that I am now realizing how my child is trying to communicate with me!

    THANK YOU, for creating a helpful website like this! 😁
    The Space Family,❤️

  4. Ximena Mardones

    Hi! I’m a little confused about some signs. In this page, for example, “shark” and “whale” are different than Baby signing time. That you also promote. Why there are some differences? Thank you so much. This page is so helpful.

    ADMIN – Hi Ximena,

    A number of options are given by several programs to ensure the sign is aligned with the motor skills of your child. Pick the one that best suits his motor skills.

  5. Bud Sterner

    Do you have a communication chart for an 80 year old woman who has had a stroke? Use of one hand only

    ADMIN – Hi Bud,

    We don’t but making one is pretty easy. Speak to your occupational therapist they should be able to guide you.

  6. Tiffany Phelps

    I have a 6yr old son who is ADHD and fine motor skill impairment. He also has a hard time communicating when he’s mad,upset,ect. He just throws robs or acts out physically. Would this be a way for us to talk to him? He’s also being tested for hearing aids due to failing his last 3 hearing tests. I also have a 4yr old who I’d like to teach ASL to.

    ADMIN – Hi Tiffany,

    This program may prove helpful but first consult with his language therapist. Many parents use our sturdy flashcards to help a child with limited motor skills by pointing instead of signing.

  7. Md.Golam Mostafa

    I am a founder of a disabled school in Bangladesh .I want to practice sing language for my disabled student please Help me

    ADMIN – Hi Mostafa,

    Feel free to use our free resources and print whatever you need.

  8. Emily stroud

    My great grandson is 13 months old. His fathers mom is teaching my great grandson asl. We think it is the best thing ever. And he is picking it up so quickly. Juts the simple word more is really helpful, since he can’t say it. We have started also and he now knows dog,bird, more, all done, and a few others.
    If you can try, you will be amazed at how easy it can be.

  9. Natalie Coffman

    This is quite helpful to college students as well who are taking sign language as a foreign language requirement

  10. Valerie

    My grandson was/is delayed in speech for his age, and he picked right up on this. It was such a joy to be able to “talk” with him, and believe me, they know what they want and what they don’t want at a very early age. We don’t think little ones can or want to communicate, but they do!!

  11. Sue Baker

    I’m going to be grandma for the first time . Doctor said baby can come at any time now. How many sing can baby learn at age 8 months and 12 months. Do any of you Mothers or Grannys know?
    Love and Enjoy You Babys

    ADMIN – Hi Sue,
    Congratulations! We have many grandmas and granddads involved in teaching baby sign language. Many moms who have used baby sign language have reported that their babies can sign about three signs at 8 months and as many as 10 signs by 12 to 14 months.

  12. HeliX

    Thank you so much me and my baby girl love it thank you so much we love it is amazing.!

  13. amy

    Hi, my 3yo boy was diagnosed with speech delay. The therapist suggested using sign language to communicate. He hears and can understand and react or follow directions but when it comes to us understanding him, that’s when the problems arise.
    Is it too late to start signing with him.?

    Hi Amy!
    It is never too late. Many moms experiencing speech delays and other cognitive differences have taken advantage of the free resources available in our website to get started with signing. You may want to introduce signs via flashcards and play and select signs that match the interests of your toddler.

  14. Kendra

    I knew I wanted to teach my daughter to sign when I was pregnant with her. We are finally starting it at 7 months (I’m a little late it seems) and I know she will enjoy it. She babbles to me constantly and I know she’s trying so hard to tell me things and I just don’t understand. My daughter is already very bright and I think she will take off with this. This site seems great and I’m so glad I stumbled upon it.

  15. Ema

    Would this be useful for 10yo autistic boy? I give respite to the family of a little boy with autism. He is non-verbal. I do not know ASL but would love to learn some basic signs to help him communicate. Would this be a good start for both of us?

  16. Pat

    Are these baby signs the same as ASL?

    ADMIN – Hi Pat,

    Yes, the baby sign language signs we use on this website are the American Sign Language (ASL) signs.

  17. Kerry Liliedahl

    My 30 year old is pregnant with my first grandchild and I am buying this set for her. I taught her signs when she was an infant – I remember her putting together the ‘more milk’ phrase and the ‘all done’ – she was verbal at 8 months but this helped immensely, way back when. I will be the nanny for the first nine months as she finishes law school – I am going to work on signing and Spanish simultaneously – I can’t wait! It worked wonders with her – I have to admit I probably got overwhelmed by the time I had three under the age of 5 and the two later ones didn’t get the attention they should have. I also had no ‘tools’ to work with, no flash cards, no guide, no nada…I was just figuring it out on my own. This will simplify that aspect immensely!

  18. yanira esmeralda menjivar hernandez

    Que dios te bendiga soy sorda lider enseñar para sordos adulto cristiano aprendimos lenguaje de señas y sign language.

    [May God bless you. I am a deaf leader for Christian adults and we have learned Spanish sign language and sign language. Just a fan loving you!]

  19. Mnikki

    Love teaching my children sign language and learning more everyday myself. I’m not trying to be a Negative-Nancy but does anyone else find it wrong and slightly disturbing that “Please” and “Thank You” are not on the “most commonly used poster”. And this is supposed to be a tool to help teach our future generation ? 🙁 Respect and manners go a long way. I would think those are two simple enough and important signs to have on there.

    ADMIN – Hi Mnikki,

    Thanks for your comment. Parents often ask us why please and thank you aren’t among the first words we teach. We made the choice not to include courtesy words (like please and thank you) on our list of starter signs or the poster, because they are difficult concepts for pre-verbal children to grasp and because they are not the most useful signs. We usually wait until the child is a bit older to teach courtesy signing.

    Courtesy is a complex concept and not a good starting point for a pre-verbal child learning to sign. Even when they learn the sign, they don’t understand what please means, either they just imitating or they think it means something along the lines of give me now. Courtesy is of course a very important value, but we usually wait until the child is a little older to start teaching those concepts when they can better comprehend what it means.

    The courtesy signs also aren’t the most important signs in the early days. If your six-month old child can tell you when they are hungry, thirsty, or need a diaper change, that is much more useful to both the parent and child than courtesy signing.

    None of this is to suggest we don’t want to teach courtesy, we just wait a little longer. And naturally, if you think those signs are important and want to start teaching them early the flash cards for the courtesy signs are available on the website for you to print out.

  20. Kate

    I will be surprised if this gets posted. Be warned this is not baby signs. This is ASL. For those who want a simplified way to communicate with your baby, you will want the Baby Signs. For those who want more complicated signs, or want the ability to communicate with the deaf (which is obviously useful) choose this. But this is very misleading when I am searching for charts/tools for baby signs authored by Dr. Acredolo & Dr. Goodwin.

    ADMIN – Hi Katie,

    Thanks for your comment. There is no ‘official’ baby sign language. Some authors have made up their own signs, and other have used American Sign Language (ASL). The movement has shifted toward using ASL for babies and that now seems to be how the vast majority of babies are taught. Both ways of doing it are good, and both are a lot better than doing nothing.

    We use ASL for a few reasons. First, since it is the more common form of Baby Sign Language, it is more likely your child will be able to communicate with other babies, and other caregivers. Second, there are a lot of ASL materials available online and in physical form so it is easier to find supporting materials. And third, if the child wants to go on with learning ASL then they have a foundation. So that is why we use ASL with out children. That said, other methods are good too and we appreciate your clarification.

  21. becka kostner

    this is a good website to learn i just started and i have learn a lot! i love this website

  22. Sieya

    Wow. This is really comprehensible. I found it is good to start at the basics with the English language.

  23. Mey Lau

    Hi Sheri, stop by our blog and read the series on gender differences when it comes to baby signing

  24. Sheri

    My grandson is 8mths old and I have been teaching him to sign for 2 mths now and he seems to watch me when I sign but he hasn’t done one yet….am I just being impatient?

  25. Kelly Trampe

    I was first introduced to baby signs in 1998 when my niece, Taylor who was born with downs, was being taught signing in her therapy. I was amazed at how fast she was able to pick it up. When Taylor was 2 she had a sign vocabulary of 126 words. In 2000 I had my 3rd baby and when he turned 6 months old, we began teaching him the basic signs like more, drink, eat, play, and all done. My son was about 19 months old when he began to speak and even though it was hard to understand his words, through his signing, we were able to communicate with him. His ability to communicate with us through sign made for a very happy baby who didn’t cry much. For the parents who question if they can teach this to their babies, just remember repeating yourself to your baby and continuing to show the sign at the same time will work. Work on 1 word at a time to make it easier for you and your baby. Good luck!!

  26. Guy Jones

    Our 9 month old daughter seems really close to saying her first word. We were just recently told about teaching babies to use sign language. Is it too late to teach a child to sign if she’s already trying to speak?

    ADMIN – Hi Guy,

    9 months is a fine age to start her. Sign language tends to help babies with speech acquisition. You will notice that when she starts talking her words will often be difficult to understand. When she accompanies the word with the sign, it will be much easier for you to understand her and she will be encouraged to keep on speaking and signing. Signing will also help you as a bridge in the early days of her speaking when she will find it much easier to grow her signing vocabulary that her spoken vocabulary due to the difficulty of making some of the more complex sounds that we use in our spoken language.

  27. Denise

    hi my daughter just turned two she knows all the basics and is going into putting sentences together she has speech apraxia but can hear fair most baby signs im finding is one word and i dont know if im putting the phrases together right like are you thristy , do you have to pee, lets go bye bye , it just seems like shes bored and i want to use more everyday sign with her.

  28. Mey Lau

    Hi Renee, babies learn by imitation and repetition. They will mimic what they see reinforced in their environment. Many studies show that babies learn to listen even while still in the womb. Don’t be discourage by your baby’s interest to engage with other things in her environment. Instead use these opportunities to reinforce signs. For example, if your baby becomes engaged with a certain toy teach her the name of the toy as well as the sign. Before you know it she will surprise and delight you. Signing for babies is quite easy and every mom can do it. To remind yourself of the importance of repetition go ahead and print our signing for babies chart .

  29. renee

    My baby is 9.5 months old and she leans thing pretty quick, I want to teach her and my self signing but I’m verry bad at teaching it. I’ve tried but she neveR pays attention to what I’m doing or how I’m doing it, she loves looking around and hates sitting still how can I teach her so she’ll learn?

  30. Muddy Muse

    I have been teaching my 8 and 2 yr old Spanish and sign language simultaneously. We learn a new word or phrase in both languages each day. This site will make this much easier with your flash cards. Thanks so much.

  31. Kim

    This is a wonderful site. I love the videos, they really clarify the symbols. I am recommending this site to everyone I know because you never know what may happen during childhood development. My best friend has an autistic child. I suggested that she learn sign language to communicate with him. I am also teaching my 17 month old to sign and he is doing very well. Everyone thinks he is so smart!!

  32. Kelly S

    This is a wonderful site for me to help my daughter communicate with us until she starts to talk more. Thank you for all of the posters. Keep up the wonderful work.

  33. Melissa Ayotte

    Love love love this site.

    Will share with everyone I know!



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