Whether that blissful newborn smell comes from a baby’s sweat glands or vernix or who knows where . . . it only lasts a few weeks.
It’s been postulated that it’s like a reward for the all hard work involved in caring for a newborn.
Some researchers believe that the sweet smell is related to a baby’s metabolism because when nutrition is no longer through the umbilical cord, the smell changes.
Apparently a 2013 study showed that when a mom (sorry dads, this only tested moms) smells her newborn’s head, the reward-related area in the brain is activated. This basically reinforces what we already know—-that a newborn smells absolutely wonderful.
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What do you think of your baby’s smell?
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Originally posted 2021-01-12 14:49:06.