Hold the salt
Newborns cannot taste salt. They can taste sweet, bitter and sour, but their ability to taste salt only starts around 5 months of age. The ability to distinguish between sweet and bitter/sour makes sense, since the breast milk of a healthy mom is sweet.
Babies like familiar tastes
Babies tend to prefer the foods their mom ate while pregnant and breastfeeding. This is a good thing to think about if you hope to encourage healthy eating (for yourself and your baby!).
Month two is going to be noisy
Babies will cry more than any other time when they reach 46 weeks after gestation. This means that full-term babies will enter this stage at approximately 6-8 weeks old. For preemies, this stage occurs when they are older since they were born earlier. By 3 months after gestation, this period of intense crying tends to pass. Whew!
Babies have more nerve cells than adults.
When babies are born, they have all the nerve cells they will ever have, even though their brain is much smaller than an adult sized brain. As we age, the neurons that die are not replaced, so babies have far more of these cells than an adult.
Not all birthmarks are permanent
Researchers do not know what causes birth marks that disappear over time such as pink or red areas often on the forehead, eyelids, bridge of the nose, or back of the neck (sometimes known as “stork bites” or “angel kisses”), or bluish patches on the back or bottom (known as Mongolian spots), but they are harmless.
* Spots that start to change shape or colour may be something else. Never self-diagnose any skin conditions. Always check with your doctor.
If you have any questions or concerns about your baby’s health, contact a health-care professional. The content of this article is meant to entertain and not to diagnose.
Want to learn more?
BabyCentre: "Developmental milestones: taste."
KidsHealth: "Looking at Your Newborn: What's Normal," "What Are Taste Buds?" "Birthmarks."
Menella, J. Pediatrics, June 2001.
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LiveScience: "11 Facts Every Parent Should Know About Their Baby's Brain."
Michel, G. Science, May 8, 1981.
Neuroscience For Kids, University of Washington: "Brain Development."
Johns Hopkins Medicine: "The Growing Child: Newborn."
Futagi, Y. International Journal of Pediatrics, 2012.
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As the founder of LuLé and a proud mom, I am passionate about helping you make the right decisions for your baby. All blog posts are based on information found on respected government or institutional websites, such as Health Canada.