A few days ago, on a rerun of Ellen, I saw Debra Messing* mention that she taught her baby sign language. She said that he uses the sign for "more" all the time to indicate he wants more of everything from Cherios to kisses. Now, believe it or not, I don't model my parenting after celebrity mothers. But I must admit, her reasoning seemed sound. So I poked around on the internet and from what I've gleaned, it seems that believers in baby signing say that babies are capable of communicating quite a few months before their mouths are capable of forming words. Thus, if you teach them some simple signs for commonly needed words, you reduce the frustration they experience over their inability to say, "Look, you crazy woman! All I want is some milk!"
What are your thoughts on baby signing? Would I look like a total cheeseball (a la Meet the Fockers*)? Is it a silly thing to do? Can it delay the use of verbal communication by decreasing the need? Or is it the best thing since baby food in re-sealable, microwaveable containers?