If you’re lucky enough to have a newborn or an infant in your household, you understand the power of a baby’s charm. They have a built-in magnetism that can soften the coldest heart.
They are nothing less than amazing marvels of joy. What’s truly incredible is how these tiny people have such immense power over us. How can mere mortals like us make little people who are so miraculous?
Why do we love babies? There are hundreds of reasons, but we’ve narrowed it down. Here are 7 reasons why we cannot get enough of those delightful little human beings.
7 Irresistibly Cute
There is so much appeal packed into a baby’s miniature form. From head to toe, they are cute and cuddly creatures.
A baby’s body is fascinating. First, they have a disproportionately large head and eyes on the small frame. Then, there’s the round face, chubby cheeks, and pudgy rolls of flesh. Super soft skin and silken hair round out the cuteness overload look.
After two months of sleepless nights and endless piles of dirty diapers, babies provide you with the greatest gift: a smile. The first time your little one puts on a happy expression, you will feel so elated and yet so disappointed you didn’t catch it on camera. With or without teeth, a baby’s smile is guaranteed to make your heart sing. Swedish researchers have actually found smiles to be infectious. And if there is an accompanying giggle, your heart is bound to melt.
It’s quite possible that babies are so adorable simply because they are so tiny. Even with super small fingers, they offer a tight grip. By three months of age, they learn to grasp. Anything they can hold will be examined with their mouths. The wide-eyed curiosity of a baby is fascinating.
You can’t talk about their darling bodies without mentioning their sausage arms and legs. Besides being fun to watch, their playful behavior aids in their development. Kicking their feet and waving their arms helps babies grow.
Just when you think they can’t get any cuter, factor stylish clothing into the equation. Today’s babies are more fashion forward than ever. With hipster flannels and designer accessories, they look more like mini-adults than infants. No matter what they wear, babies are truly little blessings, inside and out.
6 Baby Fresh Scent
Babies have a specific scent that is hard to describe. It is a delightfully intoxicating aroma. Of course, we’re not talking about the moment when the poopy diaper explodes up the back of the sleeper like an erupting volcano. We’re talking about the fresh-out-of-the-bath baby scent. Shampoos and body washes add a clean smell, but babies themselves have captivating fragrances. Science can explain why we can’t get enough of that smell.
A Frontiers in Psychology study reports that a baby’s scent ignites a mother’s senses. Oddly enough, this smell has an addictive side effect similar to other addictive substances, such as tobacco, alcohol or delicious food. There is a pathway connected from the mother’s nose to her brain. Baby’s fresh scent signals a chemical that satisfies mom’s reward receptors in her brain. This signal releases dopamine and a sense of enjoyment. Researchers believe this smell helps mothers bond with their children.
Even without scientific research, we are well aware of the pleasing scent of a newborn and the emotional response it triggers. Inspired by babies, fragrance manufacturer Demeter spent 15 years developing a perfume that smells like a baby’s head. In 2015, they unveiled “New Baby.” So if you don’t have access to the natural scent of a newborn, you can always buy it.
5 Babies Are Entertaining
Babies are easily amused, and we are easily amused by them. It’s not hard to make babies smile and laugh. In turn, they help us find amusement in the smallest things. That’s probably why so many baby videos go viral.
For example, the “babies eating lemons” videos showed various reactions of infants experiencing their first taste of lemon. Most babies puckered their faces and shuddered as the sour taste hit their cheeks. These videos showed why babies are so entertaining; their actions and reactions were natural and genuine.
Please note: It is recommended that you do not try the lemon test on your own children until they are at least 8 months old. Lemons are healthy fruits packed with vitamins, but they are also loaded with citric acids, which can be harsh on an infant’s delicate digestive system.
If your baby is old enough, and you want to try it, start with a small piece of seedless lemon. Before offering more pieces, monitor your baby closely for several days. Adverse reactions to lemon are skin allergies, irritation, and rash.
The joys of babyhood are simple. The next time you want to entertain a baby, consider a challenging game of peekaboo, and you will be rewarded with smiles and laughter.
4 Baby Talk
Babies are nothing short of amazing. Just about everything they do draws a collective “aww.” Since they are always learning, every day brings new and exciting developments.
One of the most pivotal changes in a baby’s life is when they enter the stage of talking. Newborns communicate mostly by crying. When they begin to coo, they have not yet mastered the language, but they can still communicate very well. By 12 months, they know about 50 words.
Even if they are not yet in the talking stage, they will listen to you—at least, they will look like they’re listening. Babies hold on to your every word. They will stare in amazement as you tell them a story in a sing-song baby talk.
Listening to real words will boost your baby’s vocabulary. It doesn’t matter what you say, just keep talking.
3 They are Fragile, Yet Resilient
A newborn’s head is delicate because of soft areas known as fontanels. The bones of the baby’s skull do not completely fuse together until the age of two. Some people find this aspect of newborns scary. Their wobbly heads and soft cranium can make people hesitant to hold them. But because you have to be extra careful with babies is a part of why they are so precious.
The walking stage can be a nervous time for parents. Babies have a get-up-and-go attitude. Some want to walk before they can crawl. When those first few steps are taken, they are always shaky. Little ones are sure to take a tumble or two, but they get back up and keep on moving. It’s a good lesson for challenges in life.
In every waking moment, babies need to be safe. The more you take care of an infant’s physical and emotional needs, the more babies will connect to you. Those who provide security will build a stronger bond.
Babies may be helpless, but it’s their fragility and resilience that makes us wants to protect them. It’s a part of our human nature. After you’ve taken care of a baby, you’ll want to hug your parents.
2 Unconditional Love
A parent’s love is a unique kind of love. You are connected to a tiny human who you love so much. But it’s not a one-way street. Your baby reciprocates the love in every way possible.
Infants are thoughtful and generous with affection. They like to be physically close to you. Whether it’s a hand on your cheek, fingers on your lips, or a nibble on your nose, babies are touchy-feely beings. Even if you get a little drool on your face, a kiss, and a warm embrace makes it all worth it.
Babies beam with excitement when their parents enter a room. It’s obvious they recognize their mom or dad when their eyes light up and their limbs start to move.
As much as you want to teach independence, there’s a part of you that adores when your baby reaches out for you. Knowing your little one needs you and relies on you for everything.
The bond between mother and baby begins early. In the second trimester of pregnancy, a fetus can sense what is happening in the outside world. The baby can recognize mom, and become excited by the sound of her voice. Dads and others can also start the bonding process early by talking to the baby in the womb.
Unconditional love goes both ways, which is what makes the bond between parents and children so special. Babies see kindness in everyone, or perhaps they bring it out of everyone. When you’re around a baby, you realize how much love you have to give.
1 Hard-Wired In Our Brains
When you hear someone say, “I just want to eat him up,” chances are, they are talking about a baby. They’re something about them that makes you feel warm-and-fuzzy.
Both men and women are drawn to cute things. Our brains do not differentiate between human babies and other baby animals. Why do small beings have so much power over us? This vulnerability provokes an emotional response in us that wants to keep them safe and secure. It’s a response that is hard-wired in our brains to ensure the survival of our species.
Why we love babies can be broken down into a science. We just know we love them because the best things in life are cute.