I thought I was the only one that knows this but when I gave birth to my second child, my friend came to the hospital to she asked may I hold your baby, the next thing she said was “oh I’ve missed this new baby smell” she said with her eyes closed and that smile on her face. A study has found that there’s a reason why babies’ natural smell is so heavenly and it’s not only scientific but psychological as well.
Host Michael Aranda explains that the newborn baby smell, which lingers for about six weeks after a baby is born, may be due to leftover amniotic fluid as well as vernix caseosa which is the white substance that coats the baby’s skin when they are born. Though it is immediately washed off the skin, traces can hang around for weeks.
For the study they rounded up 30 women similar in age — half of whom had never given birth and half who welcomed a child within the last six weeks. Isolating the newborn smell on a pair of pajamas taken from babies totally unrelated to any of them, the women underwent brain scans while smelling the sleepwear. Every single one of them showed activity in reward-related areas of the brain.
The study concluded that the new baby smell works as sort of a pleasure incentive for new mothers to take care of their babies — which could offset the exhaustion and promote more maternal care.
Basically, our babies smell so freaking amazing because we subconsciously need them to.
We’re not sure if dads will react this way too, as the study was only conducted on mothers although it’s assumed that the result would be the same for dads too.