Signing with preverbal hearing children is fun.
It shouldn’t be stressful or another to-do on your ever-growing list. Signing should quickly become a natural part of your communication with baby, not a timed lesson or test of their memory or intelligence.
I love this quote from Mr. Rogers:
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. ~Fred Rogers
His words hold true for baby sign language. Signing with our hearing babies is about communication, not perfection, so congratulate them on any attempt to speak to you verbally or through sign.
Encourage, play and laugh with your kids. I bet you’ll both end up learning something.
(Originally I used this picture just because, well, it’s a picture of Mr. Rogers with a gorilla but then found out (I love Google) that this is Koko, the sign language gorilla. Pure awesome.)