The Middle Finger Does Not Count as Teaching Sign Lanugage
Not only is your baby able to read and react to your emotions at this stage, but he’s also able to recognize you, other family and friends, and even himself. Pull out some favorite family photos and practice pointing to and naming the people in them. (And make an effort to mask any less than positive feelings about the in-laws!)
Want to help him express his budding recognition skills? You may want to consider teaching him sign language if you haven’t already. (Sorry, giving the middle finger doesn’t count… but someday you may aim your own toward your precious offspring, horrendous as that may sound at the moment!)
Don’t forget to keep talking to your baby in a soothing voice as well. This will help him learn certain consonant and vowel sounds in addition to tone and inflection. You can pair your verbal interaction with sign language, too. By doing so, you kill two birds with one stone; you give him the tools to communicate with you in an understandable way, and you also learn what his babbles mean in the process. Try not to laugh when he expresses his anger at you with both signs and baby talk, though. Few things are cuter than a baby swear-fest for sure, but he needs to know that you’re sensitive to his emotions. This will come in handy when his bitching is a lot less adorable down the line.