Chapter 1

What Is Baby Sign Language?

Baby sign language is a way to communicate with your baby before they can speak by teaching them basic helpful signs. It’s a way to bridge the gap between nonverbal stages and the time when they can actually talk. In fact, you can continue to teach your child sign language well beyond that stage.

You have a number of options available when it comes to signing. One has to do with why you want to do it in the first place. If you’re like most hearing parents, you’re considering it as an interim method of communication before your baby’s first words. Other parents think of it as a way to begin a lifelong skill. There’s one thing everyone can agree on: To be successful, ...

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