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Baby Development Myths Every Parent Should Know

Grandparents, friends, and society flood parents with well-meaning advice, but how can Mom and Dad be sure they are receiving accurate information? With help from Dr. Andrew Adesman and his book "Baby Facts", we separate baby myths from reality.
baby playing with wooden blocks Toys Can Make Baby Smarter

Myth: Baby needs sophisticated toys for maximum brain stimulation.

Reality: There's no evidence that a particular toy will make your baby smarter.

Dr. Adesman Explains: "As babies learn to explore their environments, a stimulating environment will help, but sophisticated toys are not necessary. Likewise, although it's true that babies seem to have a visual preference for contrasting black-and-white images, parents shouldn't have false expectations that surrounding a child with these images will increase their baby's intelligence."