Let baby's fingers do the talking

Some parents use baby sign language to communicate with their toddlers before they can talk

Amelie Chua knows how to say three words: mama, dada and cat. But the 13-month-old understands and communicates far more than that.

When her mother, Ms Applie Wan, 31, makes a gesture indicating "bath" - moving her fists in front of her chest - Amelie runs to the bathroom to have a wash.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 14, 2018, with the headline 'Let baby's fingers do the talking'. Print Edition | Subscribe