When to Start Signing

One of the most frequent questions our network of Baby Signs® Instructors hear when they give their Parent Workshops and Sign, Say & Play® classes is “When should we start signing with our baby?” Truth is, there’s no “perfect” time to start signing. Over the years we’ve noticed three different approaches parents take to the issue of…

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Signing Sentences: When One Sign Isn’t Enough!


There’s no doubt that a single sign—such as MORE, for example—conveys important information. But there’s also no denying that the combination MORE plus COOKIE is even clearer. Babies seem to know this intuitively; that’s why as soon as they can, they begin stringing two words (or signs!) together and sentences are born. This important intellectual milestone—…

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Say Good-bye to Diapers in Honor of Earth Day!

Aria By Toilet

By: Linda Acredolo, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, UC Davis and Co-Founder, the Baby Signs® Program Earth Day is a good time for all of us to reflect on what we can do on an individual basis to promote the health of our environment so that our children will inherit a verdant, health-inducing world rather than one increasingly…

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Celebrating National Siblings Day with the Baby Signs® Program

A mother and her young son smiling at a newborn baby, exhibiting early signs of communication development, sleeping under a white blanket.

Strengthening Bonds Through Communication Every April 10th, National Siblings Day offers a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the unique bond shared between siblings. It’s a day to cherish the moments of laughter, support, and shared experiences that make sibling relationships so special. As we commemorate this day, let’s explore how incorporating the Baby Signs® Program  into…

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Baby Sign Language and Learning to Talk

Toddler girl with brown hair smiling, hands on cheeks demonstrating baby sign language, pink hair clip, on white background.

By far the most frequently voiced concern about encouraging babies to use signs to communicate before they can talk is that doing so will slow down verbal development. In fact, the exact opposite is true. Baby sign language actually speeds up the process. How do we know? With a grant from the federal government, Dr. Susan Goodwyn and…

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From Signs to Speech—Inevitable!

A joyful woman aiding language development by interacting with a baby in a crib in a brightly colored nursery.

By Linda Acredolo, Ph.d October 2012 Despite our federally-funded research, evidence showing that signing babies actually learn to talk sooner, some parents still worry that their babies will be too content with signing to do the work of learning to talk. Below are four reasons why children are, in fact, eager to make the transition:…

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Celebrating Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Day with Baby Signs®: Empowering Communication and Connection


Welcome to our blog, where we celebrate Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Day on March 8th, highlighting the synergy between SEL principles and the empowering communication tools provided by the Baby Signs® Program. SEL Day emphasizes the importance of fostering social-emotional skills in individuals of all ages, aligning perfectly with the mission of the Baby Signs® Program…

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How To Raise A Reader

Melody Berry Healan

As we celebrate Read Across America Week and honor the legacy of Dr. Seuss, let us embrace innovative approaches to early literacy that promote communication, engagement, and inclusion. Baby Signs® not only enhances language development and literacy skills but also fosters a deeper connection between caregivers and children through the shared joy of reading. By…

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Signs of Success: A Decade in the World of Baby Signs® with Christine Taylor

Christine Taylor

In the bustling world of parenting, finding effective ways to communicate with infants and toddlers can be challenging. However, certified Baby Signs® instructor Christine Taylor has made it her mission to empower parents and caregivers with the tools to give their little ones a “voice” before they can speak. Let’s delve into Christine’s journey, experience,…

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Helping Children Cope with Disaster and Crisis

signs to help with disaster

Linda Acredolo, Ph.D.Co-founder, the Baby Signs® Program  It seems whenever one turns on the TV these days there’s news of another disaster, whether hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, fires, terrorist attacks, war or personal crises. Given how sensitive children are to the emotional atmosphere at their home, it’s very important for parents to be aware of the impact…

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New Year’s Resolution: Potty Time!

boy on potty

The new year is closing in on us and, if you’re like me, your mind is gravitating toward “New Year’s Resolutions.” (It’s a given that two of mine will be to exercise more and eat less—and this year I mean it!) But as I let my mind drift back, it returns to a New Years…

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