I have been signing with Briana since she was about 4 months old and she has clearly been showing interest in my hands and fingers for a while. Today for the first time (at 6.5 months) she has been studying her hands very intensely. It was after her lunch and we had just practiced signs for ‘eat’, ‘drink’, ‘more’ and ‘all done’. She was still sitting in her high chair so her hands were free to move. She kept looking at her hands as she was slowly moving them and her face seemed to say, ‘wow, is it really me moving these? How fascinating!’. It was wonderful to watch. She also sat unsupported for a good while today and thoroughly enjoyed it. I can’t wait for her to start using her hands to communicate with us.
Discovering my hands
Category: Child development /