2. Don't give up. The older your baby is, the easier it is to grasp the signing concept and pick up new signs. But, even older toddlers need time to understand the correlation between the sign, the word and the object or action described. Once the concept clicks, new signs are easily acquired.
4. Start with fun signs. As parents, we view signs as a way to teach our very young children communication skills. Therefore, we tend to teach helpful words as first signs -- milk, please, thank you, more, etc. But, think about your child's interests in choosing the first signs to teach. Cat, dog, fish, fan, lights, stars, and moon are all great first signs to get your baby excited about signing.
6. Signing helps all babies. Do not fear your baby will be a late talker if she learns signs. Research states that signing helps baby's brain develop the capacity for spoken language in a way that simply talking to baby does not promote, amongst other benefits. As previously mentioned, children of all ages can benefit from signs as a way to promote verbal development. And of course, the emotional benefit of signing is invaluable to a non-verbal child who can finally express herself in a positive and easily understood manner.