I know it sounds over the top, but we do baby sign language. And it’s amazing. Our Little One can tell us what he wants, even have a baby conversation before he is able to speak intelligible words. Of course we encourage him to speak words, but this form of communication, this dual-method of speaking and signing has shown us so many advantages. On several occasions I have been surprised that Little One and I are the only ones signing at baby events. I thought this was more common.