Before your baby starts talking, it can be challenging to communicate with your little one. But, did you know that, after 4 months of age, your baby will be ready for you to begin signing to him or her? Then, your baby will even have the ability to sign back to you when he or she is about 7 to 9 months old, according to Parenting. How neat is that?!

What are some baby signing words that can be super helpful when it comes to communicating with your child? Check out the list below to get started.

Eat

To tell your baby that it’s time to eat, bring your fingers together and then up to your mouth, as though you are putting food into your mouth. Use this basic sign as you say something like, “It’s time to eat.”

Sleep

Letting your baby know that it’s time for bed is a good way to start your nighttime routine. As your baby gets older, he or she will also learn this sign to let you know that it’s time for a nap. This is one of the easiest baby signing words because all you have to do is place your hand over your face with your fingers spread. As you bring your fingers together and your hand down and away from your face, smile with your eyes closed.

Done

Whether it’s time for a new activity, or you want to let your baby know that something, such as a plate of food, is all gone, using a sign for “done” can be really helpful. Simply lift both hands up to your chest, with your palms facing towards your body and your fingers spread. Then, turn your palms out towards your baby to show that your hands are empty.

Use these baby signing words with language that will help your baby connect the signs to the words themselves. This will help your child develop a better understanding of what you’re trying to say, and also allows your baby to learn how to sign back.