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Why can't babies taste food?
Family & Parenting / 4:00 AM - Tuesday September 22, 2009

Why can't babies taste food?

The sense of smell has to be present in order for a person to taste their food, that is why.

The sense of taste is present at birth but the sense of smell doesn't develop until babies are 6 months old.

- Asked by A Guy Critical, Female, Who Cares?

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You really should stop posting this nonsense. First you claimed babies can't smell until they are 18 months old and we here at AO disproved your claim with the fact that babies can smell before they are born. Now for some strange reason, you claim babies can't taste.
The sense of taste actually begins to develop prenatally. Taste buds emerge at around 7 to 8 weeks' gestation, and the amniotic fluid is rich with different taste experiences. These early experiences set the stage for later taste preferences. Once babies are born, they show a preference for sweet tastes. In fact, sugar in combination with a pacifier has a calming effect on newborns. On the other hand, newborns do not like sour flavors and do not show a reaction to salty substances. Children do not usually show a salt preference until around 4 months of age. All in all, this suggests that babies come into the world with a well-developed sense of taste that can serve as a foundation for infant learning.

So there you have it. What is your abnormal obsession with babies anyway? Are we doing your homework for you?

- Response by mistyjean, A Thinker, Female, 46-55, Self-Employed

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Newborns have a well-developed sense of taste. They like sweet tastes. This is why nursing infants sometimes refuse to nurse when they taste garlic or heavy spices, in mom's breast milk.

- Response by randyl, A Thinker, Female, Who Cares?, Los Angeles, Who Cares?

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Dude you have a computer,use google. Babies can smell at birth. They can smell mom's breastmilk from 20 ft away and they know mom's smell over everyone else's. They can taste too it's just not well developed. They can taste a difference between bitter,sweet,and sour though.

- Response by misskitty420, A Cool Mom, Female, 29-35, Student

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Not. Babies learn the smell of their mother and her milk on the day they are born. That's the first step in bonding.

- Response by llafsroh, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 46-55, Boston, Science / Engineering

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