Children As Young As Nine Months Prefer Gender-Specific Toys

What toy was your favorite as a young child? A new study reveals that babies as young as nine months already prefer toys that are traditionally associated with their sex. University College London and City University researchers looked at 101 infants. The children were told they could play with any toy they wanted, and the scientists noted which toys were touched for at least five seconds. They discovered that boys played with stereotypical boy toys for longer than with stereotypical female toys, while girls did the opposite. It’s thought because the behavior is happening at such a young age it’s likely due to a biological effect, as the babies have yet to be exposed extensively to gender stereotypes. (Daily Mail