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Baby Sign Language Success!

By January 27th, 202144 Comments

Baby Sign Language Success!

Boog can sign ‘milk’!

She signs it furiously whenever she’s hungry. And after 3 months of faithfully signing milk before every feeding to help her make the connection, only one thought came to mind…
these things learn!


  • MrsChocolateStar says:

    Hi Nikki! Question– at what age did you START with the signing? My little one is 3 months and picking up on everything very fast, just wondering when would be a good time to start.

    "Ellington's mommy"

  • Anonymous says:

    She is so cute! Beautifull photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • CurlyHue (L.J. Miles) says:

    A D/deaf blogger here! I'm so proud of you & Gia, great job Nikki!

  • Anonymous says:

    Cute pic, and yes, they learn; from when they make their grand entrance they respond to stimuli, unless there are developmental problems. And if that were the case EI (Early Intervention) works! So kudos to you Nikki and the other mothers who teach their young ones multiple languages.

    Just last week NY Daily News had an article about a young African American girl whose parents have her take lessons for several languages. As an educator I applaud this strategy.

    @StacyMarie, LOL "clients with more adventurous names." The unfortunate thing is the parents were not thinking how those names could sometimes pigeon hole them!

  • Mdot says:

    Baby sign language really works, I know first hand because my sister taught my nephew. Good job Nikki, I love checking in and seeing how much she's grown. You guys look great!

  • Anonymous says:

    Gia just may be the most adorable baby on the planet:) Those cheeks!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful pic CN!

  • honeysmoke says:


    Just so you know, she'll probably read much earlier than her peers.

  • Madeaj says:

    Nikki, babies amaze me everyday at how fast they learn. My nephew at 3 knew 3 languages, English, French and Haitian creole. And he could read english. They're like little sponges. Its great watching baby Boogie grow up. ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Anon 1:37, that is so true, but its family tradition to give the people you love funny names. My da still calls me grandma cause I look like his grandmother, my brother called me tomata head until he died a couple of years ago. My uncle at 68 is still trying to get people to stop calling him Booger boy. A friend's mother calls her 95 year old sister Dookie. lol. nicknames stick and we just have to roll with it. lol

  • Anonymous says:

    Love this picture!

  • Anonymous says:

    Glad to hear your persistence paid off!

    I have no idea what's wrong with Boogie/Boog. I can think of some complexes that are set up in girls when we call them "Princess" though . . .

  • GGmadeit says:

    Go Boogie Go!!

  • HairPolitik says:

    Wow! That's amazing. My baby can TALK, lol!

  • StaceyMarie says:

    Sign language is a GREAT idea! I'm a family counselor and have been a special ed/inclusion teacher. I've seen sign language help children who have trouble verbalizing to communicate effectively, eliminating frustration for everyone and it's been empirically proven that children who learn sign language pick up spoken language earlier than their peers. I plan to teach my future babies one day, too, so at least they can tell me when it's time for a change, a nap, or a boob.

    Nicknames- My family nicknamed me "Bebe" long before the movie, and the only times it's been a problem were when my aunt called me "Bebe" when I visited a client at the school where she taught and when "Hey Bebe" hit the radio. I graduated w/honors from high school and college, am often asked to facilitate youth mentoring programs, oh, and I don't have ANY kids, yet, nor do I walk around doing the handclap that went with the song. My nephew's nickname is Bougie (pronounced buh-gee, not bourgie), because, he was picky as baby . He's also Charles III, and since his dad goes by "Sonny", it eliminates confusion! Basically, it's a nickname, not a life sentence! I'm more concerned when my clients with more "adventurous" names try to find employment.

  • Anonymous says:

    I use to call my daughter several nick names but the main two that stuck was Kidaboo and Toot!and she loved them! I remember one time I called another kid Toot infront of her and she almost started to cry! lol She told me, I thought I was your Toot!lol so not all kids hate their nick names (no matter how they may sound). You go Nikki, keep up the great work!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm so proud of you Nikki! You are a wonderful mom. Thanks for sharing with us.


  • Naomi says:

    That's great Nikki! I don't have children, but this is good stuff to pass on, since I have a 7 month old Nephew. I know his Mommy would appreciate better ways to communicate, and less crying!

  • Anonymous says:

    My sister's babyname was StankyPoo. I think we all had embarrassing names as babies but as we got older, the nicknames changed. Boogie is a cute name. I am sure most of us don't even remember the nicknames unless our parents mention it to us when looking through photo albums.

  • Anonymous says:

    To May 22, 2011 1:33 PM
    Anonymous said…
    she's cute

    Get a grip, that's what nicknames are for…having a little fun. Mine was Poochie (yikes that's a dog's name, mom) which she took great delight in calling me with my very first real boyfriend at age 19 but she stopped calling me that after my first child 29 yrs ago. If I known that's all it took, I'd had a baby much earlier…of course, she socked me (in the arm)—hahahahaha!

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow, go head now!! I know you are so proud. Babies are so amazing. ~KF519

  • Anonymous says:

    Keep up with the sign language she will catch on as an interpreter for the deaf seeing kids communicate with thier parents in sign is the cutest thing

  • Anonymous says:

    "these things learn!"


  • Unknown says:

    OMG wish we could see her sign "milk" waving her hands in the air all fast LOL!! Congrats teaching a child sign language takes patience and is a huge accomplishment for both of you!!

  • Rey says:

    How beautiful! Gia is truly blessed!

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  • Anonymous says:

    You're a rock star mom!

  • Anonymous says:

    Whenever I come here, I always think of how lucky Gia is to have a mom like you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Anonymous says:

    Yay for Gia signing milk! Keep up with the sign language, Nikki! It really does help with children's language development. As a deaf person, it warms my heart to see my langauage being embraced and used by hearing people! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    Cool! Nice photo.

  • Michelle says:

    Kudos Nik! You guys look great!

  • Anonymous says:

    um, hair details please! Your skin is flawless and baby girl is beautiful. I plan to teach my baby sign language too.

  • Bree says:

    She's so smart. Little baby einstein =)

  • Anonymous says:

    Absolutely beautiful. You and Boogy are adorable and I can feel the love through the pic! Congrats on the mile stone.

  • Latoya says:

    Oh, how exciting! My daughter will be 5 weeks on Tuesday! I get so excited about every little milestone.

    I should send a pic for your Friday baby feature!

  • Tanya says:

    Congratulations! That must be an amazing feeling. Good for you Nikki and keep up the good work.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    haha at anon 1:37. We visited fam last weekend and one of my husband's cousins said the same thing. He started calling her Princess, hoping that it would stick.

    I like Boogie :0) But I hear you. As of now, she answers to Boog, Gia, and GG!

    Thanks ladies!

  • Anonymous says:

    Both you and Baby Gia are gorgeous. So proud of you for sticking with baby signing. My daughter learned 30 signs by the time she was 2. It's excellent and helped her talk quicker. It also reduced the crying!

  • Anonymous says:

    she's cute. please take this the right way. can you think of a more positive nickname for her? between birth and 3 years old children learn so fast and "absorb" everything. And a nickname can set a subliminal image. Why implant this image? I have friends and relatives who are still called by these nicknames and some of them feel they can't escape them.
    Why not call her your princess? beauty? my love
    Just something to ponder. I know you love her but I think she is so deserving of a beautiful nickname.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Thanks ladies! and yes LaMaraVilla, I just thought about it! I will! If I can get it today, I'll add it to this post ๐Ÿ™‚

  • LaMaraVilla says:

    That is such a beautiful pic of you two! You should record some video footage of her signing and post it lol.

  • Curly Film Chick says:

    that's so cool! and she's soo cute!

  • Anonymous says:

    That is awesome!!! You're such a great mom and should be so proud of yourself! Babies are a lot smarter then most give them credit for and this is just an example of how much so!! Oh….and loooove the pic of you and Gia… adorable!!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Thanks Momo! It's crazy… she's crawling, talking (dada or baba… no mama yet), and totally interactive, and all of this in only 8 months. Motherhood rocks!

  • momo7 says:

    OMG that is so AMAZING! You are an awesome Mommy! Aaaaaw! Baby is learning and growing so fast! btw, y'all look absolutely FIEEERRRCEEE!

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