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Postnatal Taste & Smell Development

Neonates. Research with new babies shows they prefer sweet tastes from birth and will choose to suck on bottles of heavily sweetened water but will turn away or cry if given something bitter or sour to taste.
We assume newborns can smell because we know they can taste, and these are the two most closely related of the human senses.

4-7 Month Old . This is often the period when your doctor may suggest the addition of solid foods to your baby's diet. If this is the case, you'll want to select his foods carefully, introducing one new food at a time. Not only does this help you pinpoint any food allergies (cf. HON Allergy Glossary ) that may occur, but it also helps you discover which tastes your baby likes best.

8-12 Month Old. By this age, your baby may have a pretty good idea of which tastes she likes and which ones she doesn't. Don't be discouraged if she seems to prefer only one or two kinds of foods. By continually offering foods with a variety of tastes and smells, you'll be sending the message that they are always available and you'll be surprised the day she decides to try something new.

1-2 Year Old . With their new-found language skills, toddlers will tell you which things he likes the taste of and which ones he doesn't. You can help him label tastes and smells by using descriptive words during mealtime or outside trips. Don't forget to offer him a variety of foods to taste.

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