Why Do Babies Smell So Good?

Why do babies always smell so good?

When Samantha was still a very small baby I thought she had a nice smell (especially on the top of her head). Samantha uses a fragrance free body wash, so the nice smell was really quite unexplainable. Of course, I may have been biased since she was my daughter, but when I brought her along to a friends place for gathering, another friend commented that she likes the smell of babies too!

Recently I was pleasantly surprised to come across this article published in Frontiers in Psychology (September 2013) explaining the science behind it!

In their study, they discovered that when women smell clothes of newborns, the pleasure centers in their brains are activated. What’s interesting is that it doesn’t matter if the woman is a mother or not – even women who have never given birth before feel good after smelling the scent/body odour of newborns.

It’s a shame that men were not included in the study as well, as it will be interesting to see if men react in the same way as women. .For now, natural baby morphine anyone?


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