I know a baby who could tell his parents he needed to go to the toilet before he could talk. He used sign language.
Little Lysander, the cutest thing ever, signed when he wanted to say thank-you, please or when he was tired.
Marghanita Spooner, Lysander’s mother, even made up some of her own signs that only he and the family understood.
“We started [to sign] a bit when he was about eight-months-old but it was only when he had turned one that we really started to reinforce them,” said Marghanita.
The sign for milk. Image courtesy of Bilby Publishing.
Lysander took to signs so well that he was toilet trained at around twelve months old - before he could walk.
He had his own version of the "poo" sign which was pounding a closed fist on an open palm. It was crystal clear what he had to say.
Baby sign is used to introduce basic sign language to a pre-verbal infant before they can talk, according to Sign Planet. They say parents can start with a small set of signs that are familiar to the child's everyday life.
Marghanita says her son was able to "communicate his basic needs to us well before he could talk".
Lysander used a variation of this sign for toilet. Image courtesy of Bilby Publishing.
"Things like 'milk', 'poo' and 'sleep' were extremely useful as he could recognise and tell us what he wanted," she said.
The London mother said it only took a few weeks for him to copy his parents with the signs - 'done' or 'finished' which he used after eating.
Marghanita picked up the idea up from her sister-in -law who had tried baby signing with her two sons - then she taught herself signs from a book.
She says by the time Lysander had his first birthday he was doing the 'done' sign consistently after meals and then signing for a bath.