I spent some time with my favourite 15 month old yesterday. Last week we had been reading books together and I really hadn't paid too much attention to his choice of books but yesterday. his mom was there and she mentioned that Baby Sign was his favourite book and so he and I played "sign"as we went through the little book twice, and then again- repeat .
I was bored by that time and was hoping to have more adult conversation as this was not a one on one with the lad but had been intended as a visit with Mom interspersed with periods of boy-time. He had other ideas and after we once again very cutely signed our way through drink, hot, finish, apple, bannana I tried to move onto other toys. The little man had other thoughts and continued to sign more to me. How could I not ! We worked our way through the book again several times.
Baby sign is not only incredibly cute it is very useful ! Allowing a non verbal child to convey his needs, desires and wants is a brilliant idea! I can imagine the frustration that could have been avoided for my own sons had I been aware if this system when they were small. Now if only I'd of had the presence of mind to sign finish back at him when he was insisting on more !
Here is a link I located if you are interested in knowing a little more about baby sign language.