Watch Dad Sing to Baby Girl in Sign Language
Kevin Nadrowski was born deaf—and his baby girl, Bayleigh, was too. While he says his family wasn’t quite equipped to raise a deaf child, he’s making sure his daughter won’t face any of the same problems.
“They had no clue what to do with me,” Nadrowski tells TODAY. “I was never exposed to experiencing what my daughter did.”
Nadrowski serves as his daughter’s guide and interpreter, signing everything she sees. Recently, he started teaching her to sing. And his rendition of “If You’re Happy and You Know It” was captured on video.
“I want her to know that her being deaf doesn’t mean she can’t sing or enjoy listening to songs,” he says. "Hearing status doesn’t make you a better person; your humanity does.”
When it comes to communicating with any baby, infant sign language can be an incredibly effective tool. It’s easy for babies to learn and mimic—and a means of expressing themselves before they’ve mastered words.