Day 15 – Sensory Exploration : Exploring Smell and Taste with Your Baby | UpTodd’s 30-Day Challenge

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Welcome to Day 15 of UpTodd’s 30-Day Positive Parenting Challenge! Today, we’re focusing on engaging your baby’s sensory exploration – senses of smell and taste, crucial for their sensory development and exploration of the world.

Enhancing Sensory Exploration

Why Focus on Smell and Taste?

Activities to Stimulate Smell and Taste

  1. Scented Playdough: Create homemade, non-toxic playdough infused with safe, natural scents such as vanilla, mint, or lavender. Let your baby explore the textures and subtle scents.
  2. Fruit and Veggie Exploration: Introduce your baby to the smells and tastes of a variety of fruits and vegetables. Use fresh produce during mealtime to let them smell and, if age-appropriate, taste different foods.
  3. Scented Water Play: Add a few drops of edible, natural extracts (like lemon or rosewater) to water play. This introduces new scents in a familiar and enjoyable context.
  4. Herb and Spice Discovery: Let your baby smell different safe herbs and spices. Hold a sprig of mint or a stick of cinnamon close enough for them to smell but not touch.
  5. Storytime with Scented Books: Some children’s books are designed with scented pages. Reading these together can be a delightful way to combine olfactory with visual learning.

Tips for Safe Sensory Exploration Play

  • Always closely supervise to ensure safety, especially with items that could pose a choking hazard or are not intended for consumption.
  • Ensure all scents and tastes are baby-safe, non-toxic, and appropriate for your baby’s age and dietary restrictions.
  • Introduce new scents and tastes one at a time to monitor for any allergic reactions.

Share Your Sensory Discoveries

We’re eager to see how you and your baby explore the senses of smell and taste. Share your creative sensory play activities on Instagram and tag @uptoddler. Your experiences can inspire other families to embark on their sensory adventures.

What’s Next?

Join us for Day 16, where we will focus on activities that encourage crawling and movement, promoting physical development and exploration in a fun and supportive way.

Exploring the senses of smell and taste opens up a new world of sensory experiences for your baby, fostering curiosity and a love for discovery.

Happy Sensory Exploration!

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