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June 29th, 2006, 09:16 PM
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I thought this was interesting to know.

"Have you tried your baby's food? If you have, chances are it tasted somewhat bland to you. But your baby really likes it. Thatís because adults and babies have very different tastebuds. Babiesí tastebuds develop between 6 months and 2 years of age. Therefore, neither the absence of salt nor an overabundance of salt will have any bearing on your baby's tastebuds, appetite or food intake.

This may also mean that your baby will continue to eat, regardless of the taste. For example, we would not eat rotten food, or super-salty french fries, but your baby would not taste the difference. Which means you should keep a careful eye on your little one as he could ingest something harmful.

Your baby's kidneys are immature and less able than our own to get rid of extra salt. Our table foods, as appealing as they are to us, generally contain much more salt than the food specifically formulated for your baby, and are not recommended. Although he needs sodium and chloride (the elements that make up salt), your baby will get what he needs from breast milk or infant formula.

Here are more practical points about the taste of your baby's food:

The reason we give babies a variety of foods is to get them used to different tastes, so they don't become finicky eaters at the toddler stage or at 2 or 3 years of age.
Feeding baby foods with added sugar may get your baby used to foods that taste sweet, like desserts. This keeps your baby from experiencing the true range of flavors in foods.
Don't season your baby's food to suit your own tastes. Babies don't need salted foods; there is enough salt in formula or breast milk.
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