At this stage, your child can communicate with limited signs. Usually children are not ready to speak until approximately 2 years of age. But your cutipie will be able to communicate with signs much earlier than that.
What you need to know:
The inability to communicate can cause frustration and tantrums for both you and your child. Sign language is a wonderful tool that allows your little one to express himself. Obviously your child will be fine without learning to sign, but there are so many developmental and social benefits that he will have access to. You want to give your child every advantage in life possible and signing is one way to do that. You may fear that signing will delay or further delay speech. Your experience would have been the opposite. If your goal is communication, then signing will meet that communication need much earlier than speech.