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Smell: Prefers Sweet Smells over Bitter or Acidic Smells (0-3 Months)

Newborns are attracted to the smell of breastmilk, and experiments show that they will vigorously turn away from bitter or acidic smells such as vinegar, ammonia, or rotten eggs.


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