by Sara Bingham
First foods, first steps and first words are important milestones in any baby's life. For parents who are signing with their babies, the first sign is also a monumental moment. I remember Joshua and Sabrina's first signs very clearly. Joshua signed "fish" at 9 months of age while Sabrina's first sign was a mischievous "no" at 11 months of age.
At the same time, new moms often ask "My baby is 11 months old, is it too late to start signing with her?" Anyone who has the privilege of working with new parents should encourage them to let the mommy (or daddy) guilt go! Yes, those first early "baby" signs are amazing but I found that my children signed the most when they were toddlers and this was after their first spoken words arrived.