Oh, I am a dinosaur. Back in my days, we slathered our children in baby oil from head to toe, then went back over that with pink lotion, then powdered the baby from chin to toes in baby powder and squirted baby cologne all over that kid. Poor little things would sneeze and sniffle, but did that stop us? Hell no.
I first noticed something was amiss when my sister had her baby. She brought the newborn in for me to hold and I leaned over his head to huff the sweet scent of newborn and...
Just some vague milky fragrance. "Jenn, I bought you a gift box of lotions. Did you run out already?" I said. "Oh. No. I put it right there." she said gesturing to a place of honor on the dresser where it sat completely untouched. "Was there something wrong with it? You could exchange it." I said, puzzled at her scentless child. "Well the doctors say powder will suffocate him, lotions might provoke future allergies, and baby oil has toxic chemicals that might make him sick if he swallows even a drop. But it's lovely right there. Makes a great accent for the nursery with the blue and green motif." Jenn answered, smiling.
I turned and looked at my own children. I had literally dumped handfuls of powder onto their little necks to prevent neck rash. I smeared so much pink lotion on them, they were like slippery eels. Baby oil had dripped freely from their tiny curls when they were infants. Now they were busy trying to find a way to break her plate glass dining table so they could sever each other's arteries. They smelled funky from playing outside. I missed their baby smells.
"Oh." I said.
I bought the same things for my own Grands, too. Their mothers use them sparingly, if at all. When I babysit, I pile it on them. I love the way they smell when I use that stuff.
Shhhhh. Don't tell my daughters: unscented children seem weird to me.
NEW EDIT Midnight 6/14/2012: Thanks Lalaballet, you posted a nice succinct summerization for the slow readers and the skimmers.
"She said don't tell her daughters that unscented kids seem weird, not that she uses it. Also, it was her sisters baby not her grand kids. Her sister didn't want it used. She didn't say her daughters didn't know or that they didn't let her/didn't want it on her grand kids. The point wasn't about the crap in it, it was about the smell she knows as "baby" and how she loves it."
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