Before having my daughter, I was on the fence about whether we would attempt to do sign language with her. I LOVE the look of ASL, but I wasn’t sure what the impact would be on her language development. Then I read that multiple studies have shown children who are signed to as babies have “larger vocabularies and stronger verbal language abilities later in life.*” Add that information to the fact that my aunt is an interpreter for American Sign Language, and my interest in ASL has grown exponentially over the last year.
But you don’t have to be an expert in ASL to sign with your baby! We use signs when we remember, but, being frazzled parents, we don't always. Some signs are also just fun to do. I also use sign language with some of the songs we do in my Grow a Reader classes, or ask the kids to do an animal sign if they see that particular animal in the story we are reading. So, if you think you want to dip your toe into learning about sign language for babies, check out these great books and dvds to get you started on your Baby Signing adventure.
*Bingham, Sarah. The Baby Signing Book: Includes 450 ASL signs for Babies and Toddlers. pg 31