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4 Myths About Babies

Our expert pediatricians weigh in on these smart-sounding (but wrong) ideas.

Myth 3: Babies who achieve milestones early are gifted.

When a child first walks or talks has little or no bearing on his later successes, research shows. “Many parents support the idea of giftedness at birth, but this is not supported by the evidence,” says Adesman. In fact, in some cases, early “achievements” may indicate a potential problem—for example,showing an inclination to be left- or right-handed before 18 months of age (children should use both hands equally until this age).

Related: New Mom Milestones 

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