Babies smell like chocolate?! … Oh, wait … smell AS GOOD AS chocolate! We think so!
In a study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, 30 “healthy, right-handed, nonsmoking women” were subjected to an ear-nose-throat examination and a 12-item sniff test to be sure their sense of smell was working. Half of the women had given birth within the past three to six weeks; half were not moms.
Meanwhile, the researchers collected body odors contained in cotton undershirts from 18 newborn infants. The babies slept in the undershirt their first two nights, then the shirts were collected and sealed in zip-lock bags and placed in deep freeze to preserve the odors. They were thawed an hour before testing.
The research showed that the reward center that lights up for chocolate and other pleasures also lights up for the smell of a newborn baby.