People ask me almost daily how we taught Baby Gray to sign. The answer is, we didn’t, really. We have been signing as we speak since he was teeny tiny. He has picked up on it from the exposure just as kids do with regular audio vocabulary development.
If you’re on the fence about signing, I suggest it. As long as you speak while you sign, the oral vocabulary is still being developed. The signs just allow them a way to express themselves before their speech is developed.
Currently, Baby Gray signs:
Today, I introduced the sign for music. He loves to listen to music and dance, so he goes to the TV and points while saying please. We’ll see if we can get him to sign music instead.