The question of when to begin is by far the one we hear most frequently from parents. There is no specific age at which we can say all babies will be ready to sign. Every baby sets her own timetable based on her specific interests, experiences and rate of development. Some babies put learning to crawl, walk, and climb at the top of their priority list, while other babies prefer learning to stack blocks and manipulate toys. Still others are keenly interested in people and
spend large amounts of time and energy trying to get their attention.
Based on our research, we can say that most babies develop an interest in signing between nine and twelve months. However, we strongly advise parents not to focus exclusively on the age of their baby. Much more important is to
watch for your baby to develop an interest in communicating. For some babies, this point comes earlier than nine
months; for others it comes later than twelve months. Whatever your baby’s age, an interest in communicating is a good sign that she is both willing and able to begin benefiting from the Baby Signs program.