I’m Addicted to That Baby Smell, and Science Backs Me Up

babeWhat’s the first thing you do when you hold a new baby — yours or a friend’s? You hold her up close to your face and breathe deeply, taking in all that glorious baby smell.

It’s a hard smell to describe, but I can tell you that there’s nothing in the world quite like it. I would even go as far as saying that baby smell has magical powers — science even backs it up, saying that the scent of a newborn can actually be addictive.

I have been wearing Silver a lot lately, thanks to the mid-day colic that keeps him fussy. Wearing him in a wrap close to my chest helps him sleep in the chaos of our house, and it does something else too — something for me.

His head is positioned perfectly just under my chin and I find myself bending my neck and taking in his sweet baby smell every few minutes. It seems that all the stress and frustrations of trying to get this baby to take that nap he so obviously needs start to float away. A warm fuzzy feeling replaces the frustrations, and it’s no joke that nature designed it this way.

It’s just as powerful as those first baby smiles. You could be near losing your mind from lack of sleep and your child’s unwillingness to just… fall… asleep — and then getting a giant smile that just melts you. A baby’s smell works the same way for me, especially when Silver is nuzzled up against me while I bounce away his colic or when we’re cuddled up and nursing. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to say “goodbye” to the “high” feeling I get from that.

Seriously, whoever is able to figure out how to bottle that smell and sell it to the masses will not only make a lot of money, but they’ll have a wonder drug on their hands too.

:: Do you find the happy flow more when you’re able to take in the baby smell? Share in the comments! ::

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Devan is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and four kids. Read more from  on Babble and “like” Accustomed Chaos on Facebook!  

Article Posted 3 years Ago

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