One of the first experiences your newborn should have is laying on you - skin to skin. There are many reasons why this is a good thing but one of them is scent. You and your baby subconsciously are attracted to each others scent. This promotes healthy bonding and good breastfeeding habits right from the start. One of the second experiences your baby usually has is a quick bath and swaddle including a hat. Research shows that pheromones and signature scents are released from our heads. This is partially why women, in particular, love to "sniff" or nuzzle close to a baby's head. A midwife I met claims she pulls off those baby hats and unswaddles the newborns so they can be as close to mom as possible and have full availability to chemically communicate together. Mom's body heat and a blanket covering both of them will be enough to keep them warm and bonding happily :)...just make sure the AC has been turned up in the room - 74 degrees is a good temp. Moral of the story, sniff your baby and let your baby sniff you xoxox
Neural Biology and Chemical Communication 2014
Communicative and Integrative Biology 2009
Knowing what you need to know pre, during, and post birth is important. Knowing the information came from a credible source with scientific evidence behind it is even more important. Here you will find scientific research to support any decision you make for yourself or your family during these precious moments in your lives.