Posted in Behavior, Toddlers

When do kids learn bad smells?

Anonymous

Our little boy is almost 2.5 and doesn’t seem to have a sense of when something smells bad. He’s been in some stinky situations and doesn’t seem to mind at all. Compare this to when he tastes something he doesn’t like, he’ll spit it out and sometimes make a face. When did your kids start reacting to bad odors?

  • Anonymous
    Mar 16

    Taste is related to smell, if he can taste bad things he will eventually learn to smell them, is he exceptionally verbal? My son didn't seem to mind until he could start verbally complaining. If he couldn't smell them he wouldn't be able to taste them very will either.

  • Anonymous
    Mar 16

    He’s pretty verbal, and doesn’t say things smell bad. I’m wondering if this means whether something smells bad is learned. Like if we all acted like poop smells good, would he not think poop smells bad when he’s older? Is there any research on this? I can’t seem to find any

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Mar 16

    I would think that is sorta ingrained in us. Like babies know when milk is bad in a bottle and that taste and smell combined. My bet is he just doesn’t care that much. There is much more interesting stuff in the world to pay attention to and that just doesn’t grab his attention.

  • Katie
    Mar 16

    Smell is really complex. There is definitely a genetic as well as a cultural/learned component. I personally like the smell of gasoline and skunk spray.

  • Tara
    Mar 17

    I’m with MamaNukes, he probably doesn’t mind, or just doesn’t know any better. My daughter was like that until she was potty trained, then her hygiene (and comfort) standards went up 😉