The Intoxicating Smell of a Newborn Baby Isn't All in Your Head

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newborn babySigh. Is there anything sweeter and more satisfying than the smell of a newborn's tiny head? Even though I'm well past the "OMG I want another baby" phase, I have to admit that I still get a little bit drunk after taking a whiff of a brand new babe. (I'm only human.)

And I guess I always figured loving the scent of a baby was a mom thing, but as it turns out, there's actually a scientific reason why babies smell good -- and it really isn't all that surprising.

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According to a new study conducted at the University of Montreal, the smell of a newborn "taps into the pleasure centers of a woman's brain" and basically gives us an innate desire to care for our helpless little infant.

And since newborns don't give much "feedback" to parents or respond to them positively by smiling and cooing until they are a bit older, their scent basically gives us some sort of "reward" from them for all of the hard work we're putting in to successfully take care of them.

It's almost like smelling them makes us high or something.

(Whoa. That's pretty deep as far as science is concerned.)

OMG. Doesn't that concept make so much sense? Of course we're going to be more inclined to snuggle our babies, care for them, and bond with them if our brains are going crazy with pleasure at the mere scent of them!

All biological stuff aside, it's actually really sweet knowing that finding the smell of a baby to be the most delicious thing on the planet isn't all in our imagination. At least that's one thing that makes us seem a bit less crazy.

And now I need to go hunt down a friend with a newborn so I can take a whiff and get my fix (and immediately hand the baby back to his or her mother and breathe a sigh of relief that I'll actually be getting some sleep tonight).

Are you obsessed with your baby's smell?

 

Image via Mary Fischer

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SNAPA SNAPA

I can sniff them ALL DAY/NIGHT!! 

Austi... Austinsmommy12

Hahaha yes. And so is everyone else I know! Everyone sniffs my kid, and at first I was kinda weirded out. I then learned they all have the same syndrome as the author, and I was ok lol.

nonmember avatar blue

No, blech!! I have NEVER understood the appeal of baby smell.

miche... micheledo

I burst into tears after my new baby was returned to me by a visitor at our house.  She reeked of perfume.  :(  Ha ha.  I can't believe it upset me so much.  But I was so sad and had to bathe her that night so I could smell her again.

nonmember avatar KD

My husband LOVES the smell of our newborns. I'm close to them so often with co sleeping, wearing, and nursing that it takes me a few minutes of being away to get a whiff again!

Jessica Myers

I dont think they smell very good. I always wondered why so many people like that smell. I keep thinking wow that thing was inside me now your sniffing it ok ewww.

nonmember avatar hollyo

I've always thought babies smelled awful... kittens and puppies however, i LOVE their smell.

nonmember avatar hollyo

I've always thought babies smelled awful... kittens and puppies however, i LOVE their smell.

Jilectan Jilectan

I used to smell my kids all the time when they were newborns. I couldn't get enough!

TiNGo TiNGo

Haha maybe the stinky ones have spit up in their neck rolls?! My baby is clean and she smells delicious. I've also heard smelling babies' heads makes women more fertile...

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