Once you have a baby, almost everyone around you from the baby’s grandparents, aunts, uncles and neighbors will flood you with well-meaning advice. While on one hand it is impolite to turn down the advice they offer you, on the other hand, you must be very careful of what you believe to be true.
There are many myths associated with child and baby development that need to be debunked in order to be well informed and take the right steps for your child. The following are the most common child development myths which need to be busted:
Toys can make my Baby Smarter
While it is true that some toys and games can stimulate your child’s brain but there is no evidence that points out to particular such toys or games. Baby’s brains can also be stimulated by their environments and this is why stimulating environments and not games are needed for them to become smarter. Thus, parents must have no false expectations from toys claiming to do so.
Talking to a Baby is not Important because they don’t Understand Anything
Another myth which is related to child development is that talking to them is not important since they don’t understand anything. It is important to talk to your baby right from your pregnancy days as this helps the baby’s early development and stimulates speech.
Youngest Children are Late Talkers
Many people across the world believe that the youngest kids or children of the family are the late talkers. But this too is just another myth which needs to be debunked. Birth order may definitely play a role in this but it is not a great decided whether your child will speak early or late.
Holding a Book too Close can Damage Child’s Vision
If your child holds a book too close,then this could be an indicator of nearsightedness but it does not mean that your child’s vision may be damaged due to it. This can be a matter of personal preference and is not something that you must try to stop.
Baby’s Height at Birth is a Deciding Factor for Adult Height
This is another myth which is usually far from reality. The birth height is not a predictor of the height the child will take height when he/she grows up into an adult.