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It is exciting to discover with the baby how the different skills, aptitudes and also the senses develop. Of the five senses that we have, sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch, the one that develops first is taste, which is already beginning to awaken in the womb.
We make an emotional trip through the taste buds of the baby, from gestation to its first months through the moment of its birth and that discovery of breast milk, a taste and a smell that will accompany it for life. How the sense of taste develops.
The truth is the sense of taste begins to develop before birth. Through the amniotic fluid, the baby discovers the different flavors that his mother ingests and it seems that these prenatal taste experiences they can partly determine your later preference for some foods or others. From the moment of birth, the baby continues to increase its sensory experience of taste through breast milk.
In its first months, the sense of taste will gradually develop based on those flavors that it distinguishes in breastfeeding. The clear preference for sweet flavors that will prevail throughout childhood is related to the taste of milk, both breast milk and formula. But we continue to advance in the development of taste.
By 5 months, the baby is already experimenting with the textures and flavors putting objects in the mouth. The number of taste buds is increasing and is able to recognize the differences between flavors. From 6 months, when the baby begins to eat solid foods, he may be surprised or even reject some flavors as too different from the milk he is used to.
This moment is crucial to determine the future feeding of the baby. You have to insist on food over and over again, even if you reject it at first. That rejection comes from ignorance, from the novelty, not necessarily because you don't like the taste. If we want our baby to grow up healthy, we must include all kinds of foods in their diet. And if we get used to it since baby, it will be much easier for us to be successful in the subsequent infant feeding.
Laura Velez. Editor of our site
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