by Lane Rebelo, LCSW

Holidays and special occasions are a great time to introduce new vocabulary to your little one. Today we’re learning how to sign I LOVE YOU and other Valentine’s Day signs in baby sign language (using American Sign Language). There’s nothing sweeter than the first time your little one says – or signs – I love you!

Is there anything sweeter than your baby's first Valentine's Day? Learn how to teach your baby the ASL sign for I LOVE YOU - and other Valentine's Day-themed signs with Lane Rebelo, author of the bestselling book, Baby Sign Language Made Easy.It’s Valentine’s Day!

It’s the time of year where we celebrate love and share cards, flowers & chocolates with those near and dear to us. It’s Valentine’s Day!

Holidays are a great opportunity to introduce new baby sign language vocabulary because there are often lots of new things to see.

In January and February, everywhere you go you’ll find hearts and candy everywhere… heart shape balloons…teddy bears holding hearts…so many opportunities to introduce new words and signs.

I LOVE YOU in Baby Sign Language

Now that my kids are “big kids,” we don’t sign that much throughout the day. But I LOVE YOU is the one sign I can say that we still use every single day. It’s become a part of our goodbye and good night routines, and brings comfort to both my kids and me.

The sign for I-LOVE-YOU in American Sign Language is special because it combines the ASL signs for the letters “I,” “L” (for “love”) and “Y” (for “you”) into one unique sign.

Want to teach your baby how to sign I LOVE YOU in baby sign language? Learn the ASL signs for LOVE and I LOVE YOU (and more!) in this free Valentine's Day themed video lesson from Tiny Signs.

Isn’t I-LOVE-YOU too hard to sign?

I would rate this sign as difficult – an infant or young toddler will not yet have the fine motor control to get their little fingers into this complex position just yet.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use it!

Usually little ones don’t get this one just right until they are at least 2 years old (or more!). But until then, they will do their best effort (the fancy word for this is “approximation”) which is still amazing. Most toddlers I’ve seen do this sign do a version with just their pointer finger up. It reminds me of those “We’re #1!” foam hands you’ve seen at sporting events, which always make me giggle.


More Signs for Valentine’s Day

There are so many fun signs you can use around Valentine’s Day! In the below video, I’ll show you how to sign VALENTINE, HEART, LOVE, I LOVE YOU, CANDY, CHOCOLATE and SWEETHEART in American Sign Language.

Video Guide

00:30 LOVE
00:42 I, LOVE, YOU
00:52 I-L-Y
01:14 FLOWER
01:30 CANDY

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How to Sign “Where is Baby’s Valentine?” by Karen Katz in Baby Sign Language

At the 02:16 mark in the above video I’ll show you how to sign along to the lift-the-flap book, “Where Is Baby’s Valentine?” by Karen Katz which you can add to your collection if you don’t already have it. It’s super cute and has great vocabulary for Valentine’s Day.

You’ll learn how to sign WHERE, BALLOON, CHOCOLATE, CANDY, BEAR, COOKIE and MOM in American Sign Language so you can sign & read this sweet book to your little one.

Bonus: Free Printable!

Free Baby Sign Language PrintableI’ve also created a FREE printable guide that you can keep as a reference to help you remember how to do these signs. Just enter your email below and I’ll send it straight to your inbox.


Learn more seasonal and holiday signs!

Thanks for watching!

What are you doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments below…


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