Jackie Durnin has been interested in sign language for many years and has studied both Irish and Australian Sign Language. She recognised how many friends and family who were parents for the first time experienced a lot of frustration when they did not know what was wrong with their inconsolable child. Through her research, she discovered the use of sign language in relation to communicating with preverbal babies. Jackie was inspired to write the book when she discovered that most resources available on the market at the time incorporated American or British Sign language. As Sign language is not a universal language, she felt it was important to write Baby Hands, a book designed for Australian families on how to incorporate the use of Australian baby sign language (based on AUSLAN), into their home.