Don't Take The Newborn Stage For Granted

The newborn stage is so fleeting that new parents shouldn't hurry through it to get to the next stage of baby's infancy. Relish these sweet parts of having a newborn.

Newborn baby holding hand

That newborn smell

Ahhh... breathe it in, moms! There is nothing quite so fresh, natural and unexplainable about the smell of a newborn baby. Scientists at the University of Montreal even found the smell to be "addictive" — activating the same pleasure and reward centers in a woman’s brain as drugs do for an addict or food does for a person who's hungry. According to LifeSiteNews, "The smell of a newborn baby provides moms with a hit of dopamine, the brain’s “pleasure chemical,” therefore rewarding the mom who cuddles her baby close with strong feelings of positivity and well-being." So snuggle up and breathe in baby's intoxicating scent before it's gone!

Newborn immobility

In just a few short months, baby will be scooting (and subsequently crawling, walking and then running!) all over the place, so enjoy the time when baby can't go anywhere without hitching a ride from Mom or Dad. This immobility can come in handy when you need to grab a quick shower. Just be sure to leave baby in a safe spot, such as his bassinet or strapped into his swing, when you need to turn your eyes away for a few moments.

The first grasp

Your heart just may melt the very first time your newborn grasps your finger. A great tip to induce his tiny grasp is to gently poke your finger into the palm of his little hand. His reflexes will instinctively make his little fingers fold themselves around your finger. Awww...

That first smile

Pediatricians may tell you that newborns are too young to smile and that a curl on his lips is simply a result of gas until he's about 2 months old. However, if you're lucky enough to receive a smile from your precious newborn, who cares what prompted it? Just enjoy the moment.

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