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Babies are born with a very well developed sense of taste and smell. As they grow, the tongue and olfactory gland (the gland which processes scents) become less sensitive.

Tips for taste and smell development:

  • Help baby link two senses together by teaching her to associate a certain scent with a certain experience. For example, use a lotion at massage time or a special soap at bath time.
  • Around 6 months when you begin feeding your baby solid foods, allow her to smell the foods first.
  • Provide not only all of the food groups but all of the “tastes” as well – i.e. sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.
  • Introduce your baby to different textures of food as well; even if it is just a tiny bit on your finger. It’s important for their brain to process the variety of tastes and scents.

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The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances and as always, please consult your pediatrician before using any of the suggestions or baby exercises on this site.
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