Babies explore at most things by putting them inside their mouths. While they naturally prefer breast milk or formulas that are sweet in taste, they try to put any and every thing in their mouth to feel it and get a sense of taste of it. It can become an important safety net in babies, as they spit out anything that does not taste good almost immediately. It is good, especially, when they accidentally put a slug in their mouth or other things like that. But, it can also become a safety hazard, if the infant swallows any small things she finds such as buttons and coins. As parents, you need to make sure that you do not put things that your little adventurer swallows.
There are only four different types of taste that infants need to
develop - sweet, sour, bitter and salty. Talking about taste, it is
mostly seen that infants have a liking for sweet food items and dislike
items that have a sour taste. This may be because right from the time a
child is born, he/she is fed breast milk or formulas that are sweet in
taste. Slowly, kids develop a sense of taste. This may be one of the
prime reasons that it is difficult to develop a taste for vegetables
such as broccoli and tomatoes. To know more about the sense of taste in
an infant, check out the following lines.
Development Of Taste in Infants