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The Sense of Smell in infants

DECEMBER 19, 2022





As infants, our sense of smell is one of the first to develop. In fact, studies have shown that babies can detect smells before they are even born. This is because the olfactory system, which is responsible for our sense of smell, is fully developed by the third trimester of pregnancy.

During the first few months of life, a baby's sense of smell continues to develop and becomes more sensitive. This is because the brain's olfactory bulbs, which are responsible for processing smells, are still growing and maturing.

As infants grow, they begin to use their sense of smell to explore their environment and learn about the world around them. For example, they may use their sense of smell to recognize their mother's breast milk, which can help them learn to breastfeed.

In addition to using their sense of smell to explore and learn, infants also use their sense of smell to help regulate their body's functions. For example, they may use their sense of smell to detect when they need to eat or when they need to sleep.

Overall, the development of a baby's sense of smell is an important part of their overall development and can have a significant impact on their ability to learn and explore their environment. As parents, it is important to provide infants with a variety of smells and experiences to help stimulate their sense of smell and support its continued development.

- Ajay Vaidya (Co-founder, Toy Trunk)


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