It would seem he does! Since he is able to recognize the difference between infant formula and breast milk, between human milk and animal milk, or between the bitter, sweet, sour or salty flavours. Incredible as it may seem, and no one knows exactly how or why, the baby has gustatory preferences from birth (and possibly even before), which allow him to recognize and appreciate foods which are good for him. Probably the transmission of his parents ‘taste’ preferences. However, studies have shown that babies are not all equal given different tastes. When a bitter tasting flavour is given to a group of babies, some less sensitive prove to be “hypogueusiques” others “normogueusiques” and finally, those more responsive to bitter tastes, exhibiting the most pronounced reaction of disgust, are “hypergueusiques”.


In practice: each child is special. Some are easy at the table, others more difficult. To accompany nutritional variety and the discovery of tastes, consider the fact that children do not all have the same sensitivity. Rather like a person who has perfect pitch and would be terribly disturbed by false notes, some small eaters may exhibit very strong aversions to certain foods, according to their taste sensitivity. This should be taken into consideration. With those children there should be a process of familiarization, mixing disliked flavours with food that baby likes to allow the child to integrate it into his repertoire. The exercise should be repeated many times to allow him to taste the flavour so that one day, perhaps, he may enjoy it.