I love the smell of my baby just the way she came
I arrived home with her this week! She is snuggly and swaddly and sweet sweet sweet. I am trying to keep her and our home scent-free.
The first scent problem was at the hospital. The hospital uses Pampers brand diapers which are scented. I recall I wrote Pampers four years ago when AJ was a newborn asking why even their sensitive products are scented and they replied that otherwise the materials have a bad odour and that moms prefer the fragrance. Even a nurse admitted that Pampers can be more irritating than Huggies. I’m sure Pampers gives the hospitals the best deal.
The next scent problem was when baby Cary had been given a bath in the hospital nursery. The soap was scented, and I wished I had thought to bring my own baby soap. There goes that sweet new baby smell! No, she still has it underneath the perfume of the soap; I still find myself sniffing her perfect head but I do wish that scent mask wasn’t there.
Now we are home. And the only scent problem is visitors. The first visitor was the health nurse and she was wearing perfume. She even left her scent behind where she sat on the bed! I am surprised that a health worker, one who visits newborns all day, would wear a scent. I understand that people want to be fresh and clean, but that added spritz of fragrance is not necessary!
And now more visitors will come, family and friends. And somehow it will be more awkward to ask them to come scent-free. Especially people like my great-grandmother who has been wearing eau de toilette as part of her daily routine since before my father was a newborn. I think I’ll have to let that one slide, and all the kids take a bath after, and daddy wipes down the furniture wherever she sat. Sounds like a horrible chore.
Some people who know me well think of this on their own and forego perfume knowing they are visiting a newborn. Other people pop by on their way to/from other places, maybe not even planning to visit a newborn today. I can’t really tell them to go have a shower, to come back tomorrow or that they can’t hold the baby! We decided that we can gently restrict them from coming upstairs into the sleeping quarters. And of course we ask people to wash their hands which is also a bit awkward, especially with grownups.
I thought of putting a sign up like they do in some businesses and health centres, like this one. But, as I know from waiting for my ultrasound in queue behind some perfumey lady and cologne-covered gentleman, people don’t read signs. And even if they do read, scent is such a part of some peoples lives they can hardly give it up even for one day.