Both genders usually start walking sometime between nine and 16 months; yet in a study of parental expectations, mothers of 11-month-old infants consistently overestimated their boys’ physical skills and underestimated those of their daughters.
The expectations that boys will walk earlier may have to do with physical size, since boys tend to be heavier and taller than girls by around six months.
After reviewing 46 previous studies, Canadian researchers concluded that baby boys are bigger wiggle worms than baby girls — they squirm more on the changing table, get restless in the stroller, and crawl over longer distances, for example.True or false: Females tend to be more in tune to people's emotions. After reviewing over 100 studies, researchers concluded that even in infancy, girls are better at figuring out people's emotions based on their facial expressions.Another study found that baby girls would rather look at faces than mobiles, while the opposite was true for boys.While the reading-faces skill begins at birth, both nature and nurture play a role — the difference in ability is more than twice as pronounced in grown-up men and women as it is in little ones. Experts think it's because girls are taught to express their feelings, while boys are encouraged to suck it up.Takeaway tip: As moms everywhere know, baby boys aren't any less sensitive, so teach your son the words for his feelings ("You're mad because you can't reach the rattle") as you talk to him.