It’s funny. Most parents are concerned when their baby starts speaking because they might inevitably say something their baby copies to their dismay. Of course it happens unintentionally, but the result is all the same and once said, it’s not something you can take back.
The same holds true for signing babies although we have to be careful about what kinds of gestures we might make because our signing babies are always watching what we do with our hands and other gestures. You or others might think that they are fooling a signing baby by not vocalizing certain emotionally driven words or gestures, but this isn’t so. I’m not saying specifically that our family uses emotional gestures on occasion, or that our son picked up on any of them…just saying that you might want to be careful! J