Why Does Baby Smell So Good? Because It Makes Mommy Love Him More

September 24, 2013  |  

Babies are precious. So soft, so delicate, so good-smelling. You’re not crazy on the smell thing; a study finds babies do smell good and that “new baby smell” is important in helping mothers bond with their babies, reports NBC.

One mom explained the magic perfectly:

“I couldn’t tell you what she smells like, but it’s emblazoned in my memory. I can call it up when I’m not with her and it gives me such a happy, relaxed feeling. It’s visceral, almost like you took a muscle relaxer. It feels like it releases some sort of drug.”

That smell immediately stimulates mom’s pleasure centers, whether it’s her own baby or someone else’s. Researchers found babies have the same effect on women who’ve never had children but the effect was much stronger on new moms. Scientists say this is important because moms need a reason to keep caring for these noisy, smelly, crying things that can’t say, “good job, mom.” That delicious new baby smell gives moms (and dads, too, though the effects haven’t been studied) an important incentive to keep parenting.

Does your baby’s smell still drive you crazy?

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