Sniff a Whiff

Duration: any

Age: baby, parent

Skill for Bub: Just for fun, Mind Builder


Household items offer a world of different smells to stimulate Baby and introduce him to the world around us.

For the first few months of life, most of Baby’s stimulations come visually – that colorful rattle shaken in front of him, those smiling faces appearing before his eyes. Between 4 and 6 months, however, Baby’s adorable nose may contribute to stimulation and allow him to discover his world.

  • Select several items from around the house, such as an apple, a bar of soap, your favorite perfume, Daddy’s shaving cream, etc.
  • Place each item, one at a time, under Baby’s nose.
  • Reinforce what he is smelling with words, such as, “Smell the apple.” “What does the soap smell like?” “Do you smell the perfume?”
  • Let Baby smell the ingredients you’re using to make dinner. Does he prefer sweet or salty smells? What does garlic smell like? If Baby makes an offended face, don’t offer him that scent again for a while.
  • Introduce him to your favorite candles.

Other items around the house that Baby can take a whiff of are:

  • Cooking herbs such as oregano, dill, basil, mint and rosemary.
  • Scented lotions and shampoos.
  • Extracts such as vanilla, almond and peppermint.
  • Pungent smells such as pickles, mustard and vinegar.
  • Freshly laundered clothes.