Life as a baby can be tough. There are so many things you want and need. But with the development of your language skills still many months away, it seems you only have one communication tool at your disposal: crying.
Enter baby sign language, which was invented by a pair of professors in the 1980s to help parents communicate with their pre-verbal offspring. Unlike American Sign Language (ASL), baby sign language includes a more modest collection of simple words that are useful for little ones — think “milk,” “hungry” and “help.”
Although development always varies, babies as young as 6 months may be able to communicate via sign language, preventing frustrations and tantrums that can occur as a result of communication breakdowns. Why cry for milk when you can simply sign that you’re thirsty?