Baby Sign Language: Afraid

Teach your baby the sign for the word afraid in baby sign language with the following description and video.


Form both hands into open hands. Hold the hands in front of the torso with the fingers apart, the fingertips facing the opposite directions, and the palms facing the body. Move the hands back and forth. The face should express fear.



Acredolo, Linda & Susan Goodwyn. 2009. Baby signs: How to talk with your baby before your baby can talk, 3rd edn. New York: McGraw Hill.

Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is a mother, wife, writer, librarian, and linguist. She earned a BA in English studies with a minor in creative writing from Illinois State University in May 2007, an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2009, and an MS in English studies with an emphasis in linguistics at Illinois State University in December 2011.

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