Life has really looked up for us (on the EC front) when the little guy started signing a few months ago. This is his potty sign. It was basically the first sign that he used consistently that we took to mean something.
After the potty sign started to work for us, a whole barrage of communication ensued. He is now working his way through the colors.
He seems to pull a lot of the signs out of thin air, but then I remember back to the Signing Times videos that we had him watch before bed from around ages 6 months to 14 months to help him calm down before bed. He has since stopped watching the videos, but remembers a lot of the signs. Yesterday he introduced bicycle.
As his speech is getting better, he is replacing some of the signs with words. He now babbles "peepee poopy" when it is time to go and only does the potty sign if it is an urgent need for #2 or if we aren't paying attention.
I was a little hesitant to do baby signs but am so glad he has a way to communicate with us. My favorites are potty, help, flower, bath, moon, blue, popcorn, exercise, and brown. His favorite words to say with words are broccoli, mango, hat, water, and baby (as in the baby tomato plants we need to water and be gentle with). I strongly recommend baby signing to anyone with the energy for it.