Everything about them is intoxicating; from the fluffy hair on their head right down to those perfect little toes.
Being at home with your newborn for the first time can be a little bit terrifying. All of sudden you are solely responsible for this tiny little human.
They have absolutely no respect for your need to sleep and they do love to wait until they have a fresh nappy and clothes before creating yet another poo-nami.
But, we wouldn’t change it for the world.
Everything about them is intoxicating; from the fluffy hair on their head right down to those perfect little toes. If you’re in the midst of the newborn stage, you’re probably finding some days easier than others.
And on the days when you're feeling physically and emotionally drained, as you go through the motions meeting the needs of that beautiful baby of yours, this list is for you.
Their little feet are softer than the purest silk, and more beautiful than any other sight in the world. Newborn feet are just perfect. You have probably already lost hours of your life just stroking those delicate little feet. Those gorgeous feet have never been walked on. Kiss them and smell them!
The newborn baby smell is arguably the greatest pleasure your nose has ever known. Even if it’s not your baby… it’s just such an intoxicating smell.
When they fall asleep on you
This might not feel like it belongs on the best list at 3 am when you’re exhausted, have a dead arm and really need to pee. But at 3 pm in the afternoon, when you’re snuggled up on the sofa with a slice of cake and an episode of your favourite show, there is nothing better than holding your newborn in your arms, fast asleep after feeding. Go on, breathe in that beautiful scent.
The way they make you feel
There’s no confidence boost in the world quite like that of knowing that you created from scratch, grew, birthed and nurtured a baby. Really, what could be more important than all of that? Your body has done something amazing, and your newborn baby is living proof of that. Holding your newborn for the first time and forever after that is proof that you are superwoman!
The way they love you
Totally, unconditionally, and with every fibre of their being, newborns love their parents. In fact, until around six months of age, babies don’t even understand the idea of being a separate person. Your baby thinks you are one! He remembers your voice from when he was snuggled up in your womb, and he loves the smell of you.
Their little bums
Baby bums. Enough said.
Another intoxicating thing about newborns. Newborn babies make the BEST noises. Not only do they smell great and leave you feeling drunk on love, but they also create a soundtrack of cute to accompany their every move. From the snuffles and grunts of feeding to the tiny baby cries of 4 am, and the adorable gasps they make when they breathe.
Laura Doyle, mum of 4. Kyle 9, Noa Belle 4, Briar 2 and Milla 12 months. Breastfeeder, co-sleeper, coffee drinker. Staying positive and inspired by the chaos of it all. Follow her on Instagram.