Last week it was already Wednesday before I realized I had only signed eat a few times in the past three days. It wasn't consistent enough to stick, so I beefed up our signing and she's paying attention. She's still a sometimes milk, all done, and dog signer. She didn't learn eat yet, but it's ok to move on this week to another helpful communicator.
Eat and more go hand in hand in our home. We actually started signing the word more with Singer on Saturday, I hope my brain continues on these lines of communicating with her while she is in her highchair or displaying signs of hunger. Next week we'll move on from food related signs, as this perfectly built little girl is clearly getting enough nutrition.
All information below obtained from BabySignLanguage.com
Signing: To do the sign for more, flatten out your hands then bring your thumbs under to make an O shape. Then, bring your hands together and separate them repeatedly.
Your baby will often simplify more, gleefully clapping their fists together. As they get older and more proficient, you may want to encourage the more correct form of flattening out their hands and creating the “O ” shape with their thumbs as a fun way to help them develop fine motor skills.
Usage: More is one of the most popular signs with babies because it gives them a lot more control over their life. We start using more when eating or drinking to communicate when they have not quite had enough of something. So when I am giving our baby her bottle and she stops half way. I will ask her, “Do you wantmore?” (while at the same time doing the more sign). Then give her back the bottle.
Once your baby gets more advanced, we start using more in other contexts. For example when we are playing a game or tickling our baby, we might stop and ask “Do you want more tickles?” That kind of question/response pair is a great way to start getting your baby starting to learn how questions and responses work. Remember to do an exaggerated rising inflection in your voice when you ask the question, “Do you want more tickle?” Your baby is learning as much from your tone and body language as from anything else.