How Long Does a Sign Last?


One of the questions that our Baby Signs® Instructors hear frequently from parents is how long a sign stays in a baby’s repertoire before the word appears. Of course, the answer is that it varies enormously. If the sign is substituting for a relatively easy word like “ball” or “more,” the word may appear relatively quickly. But…

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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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Celebrating Independence Day with the Baby Signs®Program

Tips and Activities for a Fun and Safe 4th of July Hello Baby Signs® Families! The 4th of July is a wonderful time for families to come together and celebrate Independence Day with festivities, food, and fireworks. For our littlest celebrants, it can be an exciting yet overwhelming experience. This year, why not incorporate Baby…

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Embrace the Summer with the Baby Signs® Program

Summer signs

Summer is here, bringing sunshine, longer days, and plenty of opportunities to bond with your little ones. As you plan your activities and adventures, consider incorporating basic sign language to enhance your communication and create even more memorable experiences. Here’s how the Baby Signs® Program can make your summer brighter and more fun! Outdoor Adventures…

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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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Empowering the Antelope Valley Community: Highlights from the Baby Signs® 2-Day Instructor Certification Training

Best Start ICI Training

Last week’s Baby Signs® 2-Day Instructor Certification Training, proudly sponsored by Best Start Antelope Valley, brought together a diverse group of 45 passionate professionals from the childcare, doula, speech-language pathology (SLP), lactation consulting, and early intervention fields. Held in Palmdale, CA, this transformative event equipped attendees with the training and resources needed to revolutionize early…

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My Unforgettable Mother’s Day Gift

Elizabeth Sprague

“Joshua, my third baby boy and third signer gave me such a special Mother’s Day gift last year. A little over a year old and he was signing up a storm. He would use the sign for “Daddy” for any close family member, Mommy included. No matter how hard I tried he refused to sign…

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Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

As National Teacher Appreciation Week approaches, it’s time to reflect on the incredible impact educators have on our lives, especially when it comes to our little ones. At the Baby Signs® Program, we recognize the vital role teachers play in nurturing and guiding children’s development. From the first signs of communication to the moments of…

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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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Helping Toddlers at a “Loss for Words”: The Baby Signs® Program and Social Development

A girl in a pink dress demonstrating social emotional development.

by Linda Acredolo, Ph.D. and Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D., Co-founders, the Baby Signs® Program Every parent wants his or her child to enjoy other people and to be well-liked. In Developmental Psychology, we include both these goals under the term “social development.” Although most parents are aware that innate differences in temperament contribute importantly to individual…

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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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