Baby Sign Language Chart

Do you want a baby sign language chart of the most useful sign language words to use with your baby? Great! You have come to the right place.

On this page you will find a baby sign language chart containing sign illustrations of a few of the words that parents find most handy when beginning to sign with their baby. We have also included the link to the word in our interactive sign language dictionary. While our dictionary allows you to see the signs in motion, the videos are not printable. This baby sign language chart has been made into a downloadable PDF file that you can save and print if you so choose. Simply click this link to download and print the chart.

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We hope you will find our baby sign language chart useful as you begin your signing journey. Feel free to print out the chart and share it with your family, friends, caregivers and even your child's school! The more people who can sign with your child, the better!

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Baby Sign Language Chart

asl sign for finished/all done

ALL DONE
FINISHED

Place both open hands in front of your chest, palms facing in, fingers pointing up. Turn your hands with a quick movement to end with your palms facing out.

asl sign for baby

BABY

Bend your arms and place one on top of the other, palms facing up, and move from side to side two times. It looks just like you are rocking a baby in your arms.

asl sign for ball

BALL

Hold your hands in front of you, palms facing each other and fingers apart. Curve your fingers and tap your fingertips and thumbs together twice. Imagine holding a ball in your hands.

asl sign for bath

BATH

Both hands form the A handshape (make a flat fist, thumb rests alongside the bent index finger), palms facing in. Place on each side of the chest and move up and down with a short, double movement. Think of washing yourself.

asl sign for bear

BEAR

Cross your arms over your chest, hands curved. With a double movement, gently scratch your fingers up and down near your shoulders. Imagine a bear scratching itself.

asl sign for bed

BED

Rest your head on your hands, palms together, fingers closed. This sign can also be done with one hand: head rests on open palm. It's like you're laying your head on a pillow.

asl sign for bird

BIRD

Place your index finger and thumb close to your mouth and open and close them with a double movement. Think of a bird's beak.

asl sign for book

BOOK

Bring the palms of both open hands together in front of your body, fingers together, angled forward. Open and close your hands with a double movement. Imagine opening and closing a book.

asl sign for boy

BOY

Form your hand into the shape of a flattened O and bring it to the side of your forehead, palm facing left. Open and close with a double movement. Imagine touching the visor of a cap.

asl sign for brother

BROTHER

Both hands form the L handshape by bending the middle, index, and pinky fingers into the palms and extending the thumb and index fingers. Start with one L hand at your forehead and bring it down in front of you, placing it on the top of your other L hand.

asl sign for cat

CAT

With your open hand near your cheek, palm facing left, pinch your thumb and index finger together and move it toward your ear. Repeat motion, opening and closing your thumb and index finger each time. Imagine stroking the whiskers of a cat.

asl sign for dad/daddy/father

DADDY

Tap the thumb of your open hand on your forehead two times. This sign can also be done by placing the thumb of your open hand on your forehead and wiggling your fingers.

asl sign for diaper

DIAPER

With the middle and index fingers of each hand pointing down, tap the thumbs with a double movement near each side of the waist. Think of the location of the tabs or pins on a diaper.

asl sign for dog

DOG

Pat the side of your upper thigh then snap your fingers. The sign is also often done by patting the thigh with a double movement or just snapping the fingers. It's a natural gesture for calling a dog.

asl sign for eat

EAT

Form your hand into a flattened O shape, fingertips facing toward you. Bring your hand to your mouth with a single movement. Imagine putting food in your mouth.

asl sign for food

FOOD

Form your hand into a flattened O shape, fingertips facing toward you. Bring your hand to your mouth and tap your mouth with a double movement. Imagine putting food in your mouth.

asl sign for girl

GIRL

Brush the thumb of your flattened fist, palm facing left, down the cheek with a double movement.

asl sign for grandma/grandmother

GRANDMA

Place the thumb of your open hand, palm facing left, on your chin and bounce it outward in an arc twice. Represents two generations.

asl sign for grandpa/grandfather

GRANDPA

Place the thumb of your open hand, palm facing left, on your forehead and bounce it outward in an arc twice. Represents two generations.

asl sign for help

HELP

With both hands in front of your body, place the pinky finger side of a flattened fist on top of the other hand, palm flat and facing up. Raise both hands up at the same time. It looks as if the flat hand is helping to lift the other one up.

asl sign for hurt

HURT/PAIN

Put your hands in front of you with your index fingers extended and slightly apart. Move the index fingers toward each other with a slight twisting motion two times. Sign can also be done by tapping the tips of the index fingers together twice. Make the sign near the location of the pain to show where it hurts.

asl sign for love

LOVE

Cross both hands in front of your heart, palms facing toward you. The sign is often made with the hands closed in fists, either flat or with the thumb lying on top of the closed fingers, but can also be done with the hands open as well.

asl sign for I love you

LOVE: I LOVE YOU

First make the sign for I or ME by pointing your extended index finger toward yourself. Next make the sign for LOVE (shown above), then make the sign for YOU by pointing your extended index finger in the direction of the person you are referring to.

asl sign for I Love you

LOVE: ILY
I Love You Acronym

With your palm facing outward, bend your middle and ring fingers in to your palm, leaving your pinky, index, and thumb extended. This is a combination of the ASL letters I, L, and Y.

asl sign for milk

MILK

Open and close your hand into a fist twice. Represents the action of milking a cow.

asl sign for mommy/mother

MOMMY

The thumb of your open hand taps the chin twice. Sign can also be made by placing the thumb of the open hand on your chin and wiggling your fingers.

asl sign for more

MORE

With your hands out in front of you, form each hand into a flattened O shape, palms facing down and fingertips facing each other. Tap the fingertips together with a double movement.

asl sign for play

PLAY

Bring both hands about chest width apart in front of your body. Bend the index, middle, and ring fingers into the palm, leaving the pinky and thumb extended. Simultaneously shake your hands with a twist of the wrists using a double movement.

asl sign for please

PLEASE

Your open hand, palm facing in, rubs your chest in a circular motion.

asl sign for potty/toilet

POTTY
(TOILET)

Start with your hand in front of your shoulder, palm facing out. Close your hand with your thumb sticking out between the index and middle fingers and shake it from side to side twice.

asl sign for sister

SISTER

Brush the thumb of the right, flattened fist, palm facing left, down the cheek, then change it to an L handshape by extending your index finger and thumb, and bring it down in front of you, placing it on top of your other L hand.

asl sign for sorry

SORRY

Rotate your fist, either flat or with the thumb laying on top of the closed fingers, palm facing in, over your heart with a repeated circular motion.

asl sign for thank you

THANK YOU

Move the fingertips of your open hand, palm facing in, fingers together and pointing up, forward from your mouth then down, ending with your hand angled up in front of your chest.

asl sign for water

WATER

Start with your open hand, palm facing left, fingers spread and pointing up. Pinch your pinky and thumb together, forming your hand into the W handshape. Tap the index finger side of your W hand near the side of your mouth with a double movement.

Click here to download and print the baby sign language chart.

If there are other signs you would like to see on our baby sign language chart, please use our contact form to let us know. This downloadbable baby sign language chart can be freely shared with anyone who comes in contact with your baby.

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