9 incredible things you’ll cherish about newborn babies

Newborns may be a never-ending blur of duties, but you’ll want to make the most of these fleeting moments!

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Caring for a newborn isn’t easy. These delicate little things not only require round-the-clock attentiondiaper changes and feeding every two hours or less, they need snuggling and constant carrying.

New parents, of course, tend to be extremely sleep-deprived and exhausted. If you’re breastfeeding, you’ll be anxious about your milk supply, while sometimes dealing with other problems like sore nipples, mastitis and engorgement.

New dads are often stressed out by the new addition to the family, with an increased financial burden and fears of falling short as a new father. Plus, the relationship between the couple may take a hit with the arrival of a new baby.

Still, it’s often the little things that remind you why you are putting yourself through these tough times. It could be those wrinkly little toes, that soft baby hair or that delicious baby scent that just makes it all worth it.

We round up the top nine things about newborn babies that you’ll surely cherish, before bubba becomes a Terrible Two.

1. Your baby sleeping on your chest

Bubba is only this tiny once ― when you’ll can actually curl him up nice and tight, as he falls asleep on your chest, under your chin. You’ll feel his chest rise and fall against yours, and his warm breath against your skin.

“It’s the best feeling in the world, being able to protect them like that. In few months, he’ll be crawling everywhere and those days will be gone,” says mum of two, Samantha Low.

2. The smell of your baby’s head

It’s simply divine. The intoxicating newborn smell will make you want to snuggle your sweetie all day long, smelling his head and neck. “It’s kind of musky and sweet, with a hint of baby powder,” laughs Nadirah Maf, mum to Leila, 6 months.

One University of Quebec professor notes that newborn smells are a natural mechanism that deepen the bonds between parents and babies, such that the baby uses his scent to draw in the parent to ensure that they are fed, and kept warm and safe.

The baby uses his scent to draw in the parent to ensure that they are fed, and kept warm and safe.

Some researchers believe that the smell is caused by leftover amniotic fluid, or vernix caseosa, the white, cheesy-looking substance that covers babies at birth. And it doesn’t last forever ― most of the time, a large part of that smell is gone within 6 to 8 weeks.

So, go on, take a good, long whiff!

3. Those creases and folds

You’ll notice this best when you’re giving your baby a warm bath. His skin creases under his bum, between his thighs, on his back and under his arms requires all that scrutiny and care to clean. You’ll be amazed at how delicate he is ― yup, this is even before those chunky thighs and lovely arm rolls appear.

Don’t forget to clean between those tiny little fingers and toes either. Get him to grasp your fingers as you place them in his palm, thanks to the Palmar grasp reflex, which only lasts till he is 5 or 6 months old.

4. They won’t be rolling off anywhere

Once bubba makes his first flip, you’ll definitely be wondering why you didn’t cherish those fleeting newborn moments more!

Only when he’s a helpless newborn do you not have to worry about him rolling off his diaper-changing table, or from the bed onto the floor. That said, it’s still safest to keep your eyes on bubba at all times!