Understanding your baby's sense of smell

September 30, 2016

Did you know that babies recognise the smell of their mothers as soon as they're born?

Here are 5 facts about your baby's sense of smell that you might not know about:

Babies can smell things within the womb. They pick up on the scent of your aminiotic fluid, which carries the flavour of whatever you've been eating. That means that your little one might be familiar with the smell of a roast dinner or vanilla ice cream before he/she has even got teeth!

Your breast milk will have a similar scent to your amniotic fluid -- that's how babies can recognise mummy's smell as soon as they are born.

A newborn baby's sense of smell is so sensitive that it can tell the difference between the scent of their mum's breast milk and another mama's.

Familiar scents, like mum or a special blanket, can help a baby to feel secure and comforted when in unfamiliar surroundings.

Specific scents can link babies to specific moments or events in the day. For example, the gentle fragrance of lavender sprayed in the evening can help a baby to associate the relaxing floral scent with the start of bedtime.

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