Baby smell. It's just divine.
Mothers around the world agree that they can't get enough of baby smell and even non-mothers enjoy inhaling their scent... a combination of baby powder, shampoo, skin, milk and other unmentionables.
So why are babies so delicious?
A study has found that our brains are wired to react to the smell of a baby and this reaction is especially sensitive in new mums. Johannes Frasnelli, a researcher at the University of Montreal in Canada, says the reaction is form of communication between mother and child and it's intense. "What we have shown for the first time is that the odor of newborns, which is part of these signals, activates the neurological reward circuit in mothers. It is in fact the sating of desire."
The part of the brain that fires like fireworks upon inhaling baby smell is the same area that controls the desire for food which is why new mums often say they'd love to eat their babies all up and will sometimes have a nibble on a foot or a fleshy thigh.
So our desire for our baby is the same desire we feel for delicious food.
Researchers told CBS News that the brains response to the smell of a baby is part of natures way to help develop the mother-child bond. It encourages mums to care for their baby and leaves the mum feeling satisfied, and satiated.
So grab the nearest baby and have a whiff. It's scrumptious.
Do you love baby smell? What does your baby smell like?