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3 Ways Scent Can Help Your Baby’s Development

Scent is a powerful thing.

Thank you Johnson & Johnson for sponsoring this post.

 

Isn’t it crazy how certain fragrances or scents can remind us of specific memories? There are still some smells or random fragrances that spark a memory for me. A lot of the smells of baby products I use for Enzo, especially from Johnson’s®, remind me of my childhood! I love that the brand has recently changed their ingredients and that their products are 100% gentle. I am glad they were able to keep their iconic scent because it brings back so many memories and hopefully will for Enzo too! Research has shown that certain scents can have benefits for your baby like mother-baby bonding, induce calm and even improving a baby’s alertness. Here are more ways that scent can help boost your baby’s development!

 

1. It can help enhance your baby’s sensory development

Smells have direct access to the part of the brain that store memories that is why scent can evoke such strong emotions. Strong memory-scent associations are developed through repetition. That is why having a routine that involves bath time is so important. The bath is a multisensorial experience, where all the senses come into play and contribute to a healthy development.

 

2. Scent can help you bond with your baby

Did you know that babies can recognize their mothers on scent alone?! Of all the senses, smell creates the most bonding between babies and their parents. According to research at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, babies who were exposed to a scented product had lower stress levels, which was associated with more positive engagement with their parents post-bath. Sometimes, I even like to massage Enzo with some scented lotion like Johnson’s New CottonTouch, before putting him to sleep. The fragrance really soothes Enzo and I love how he smells and feels after I put the lotion on him.

 

3. Scent can help encourage sleep

If you are a parent, then you have probably tried almost everything to get your baby to fall asleep. I have come to learn, and it has also been proven in studies, that having a daily night-time routine can help significantly. The first step is bath time. Research shows that a soothing scent during bath time can help the child wind down and get ready for sleep. Like I mentioned, we like to give Enzo a massage with some lotion or oil to soothe and relax him. And then of course, hopefully get him calm enough to rock him to sleep.

 

 

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79 Comments

    • Krysta Garza
      November 30, 2018 / 9:32 am

      I love the idea of using organic, natural scents! I don’t have a baby, but if I ever do, I’d love to try this!
      IG: Krysta.Bel

    • Arlene Guardado
      November 30, 2018 / 10:00 am

      This scent never gets old, it’s almost the only scent a baby should smell like!
      IG: arleneguardado

    • Ariana
      November 30, 2018 / 10:15 am

      In love with the first pic, Enzo looks angelic (as always) and I don’t have a baby but do love a baby’s smell when they’re nice and clean.
      Ig:arixnxh

    • Cassidy Crane
      November 30, 2018 / 11:05 am

      he is growing so much!!! so cute!!

      @cassmcrane

    • Carolina
      November 30, 2018 / 2:38 pm

      i still remember certain shampoos!! 100% true! IG: carobravo_

    • Jocelyn Radillo
      November 30, 2018 / 5:27 pm

      Enzo is so freaking cute!!!!! Also so happy to see Johnson & Johnson products with World Aids Day coming up tomorrow!!! Absolutely love all your content!!
      @jocssradillo

  1. madison marchetti
    November 30, 2018 / 9:25 am

    his smile is so contagious!! Happy Friday xx
    IG: madisonmarchetti

  2. Alicia Chaidez
    November 30, 2018 / 9:27 am

    Yes! Give me all the lavender to get my kids to knock out without a fight!!! Ha!

  3. Carolina Diaz
    November 30, 2018 / 9:28 am

    You’re so wonderful and sweet, you family is beautiful blessed,

  4. isabella Avendaño
    November 30, 2018 / 9:28 am

    love Enzo so muchh!! he really is the cutest

    IG @isaavendano2

  5. November 30, 2018 / 9:29 am

    Me encanta la relación que tienes con Enzo y el enserio es el más divino! Es inspirador ver como viajas con el y es algo que espero yo pueda hacer algun día cuanto tenga hijos!

    @paulina_servinrg

  6. Veronica H J
    November 30, 2018 / 9:29 am

    Super cute photos, but that last one is definitely my favorite!! Happy Friday!

    insta: verohazel
    verohazel8@gmail.com

  7. Isabella Ponce
    November 30, 2018 / 9:31 am

    LOVE this! Scent is so important especially in a little ones developmental growth. Happy Friday!
    Xo, Belle
    @bell_8

  8. Naomi Oakes
    November 30, 2018 / 9:33 am

    This is so helpful! I am trying to get pregnant and have been reading tons of articles on what’s needed/not, and what products are best for baby. Thanks for the info!

  9. Sumbul Amir
    November 30, 2018 / 9:35 am

    Happy Friday girl. Look at enzo he’s the cutest on this planet. ♥️♥️♥️♥️ My IG is @sumbul_amir ,Email: sumbulamir7@gmail.com

  10. Samantha cinque
    November 30, 2018 / 9:35 am

    This is so helpful! I love this post. Although I don’t have a little one of my own (yet), I’m excited to share with friends who have babies !
    Xox
    Sam
    @samanthhac

  11. Karen
    November 30, 2018 / 9:36 am

    Oh I definitely want to smell test this!
    IG: @iamkaren.p

  12. Victoria McDonnell
    November 30, 2018 / 9:40 am

    I love Enzo! So cute!

    @vicmcdonnell

  13. Joanne Homem
    November 30, 2018 / 9:42 am

    He’s adorable ! All the best to your little man

  14. Maria Gabriela
    November 30, 2018 / 9:45 am

    Hello Paola,

    Yo todavia no tengo bebes y tampoco estoy cerca de tener, pero AMO a Enzo los videos y fotos de el son too much💕💕. Me encanta que ame el agua!
    @gabyabuin

  15. Abigail Aron Jimenez
    November 30, 2018 / 9:45 am

    Thank you for sharing! I’m not a mommy yet but it sure will help for when i have them in the near future:)

  16. Iliana
    November 30, 2018 / 9:52 am

    Me encantan este tipo de post, que puedas combinar todo ser blogger, mamá, esposa, amiga y sobretodo mujer trabajadora, soy de las que cree que puedes seguir trabajando y hacer tus cosas sin descuidar a los hijos! FELICIDADES!
    pd. siempre use Johnson & Johnson para mi hijo!!!
    IG ilismarqz

  17. Amy
    November 30, 2018 / 9:52 am

    My babe’s skin is crazy sensitive so we stick to fragrance free everyyyything, but he still manages to have that magical baby scent. How do they do it?? @mitchsitch

  18. Alexandra Machado
    November 30, 2018 / 9:55 am

    OMG! he is the cutest baby I literally can’t handle it. Your posts continue to make my day <3
    – Alex (@mixxnmach)

  19. Karina Collins
    November 30, 2018 / 9:59 am

    Enzo es la cosita más hermosa que existe!! Espero que hayan tenido unas vacaciones muy bonitas! @karinacollins

  20. Nicole
    November 30, 2018 / 9:59 am

    Enzo is getting so big!! Happy Friday 😊

    -Nicole
    @nicole.pedrick

  21. Roxanne Cantu
    November 30, 2018 / 10:00 am

    I’m not a mommy yet but I hope I will be in the near future! Baby Enzo is just absolutely precious! Thanks for all of your wonderful tips!
    -Roxanne (@roxannecantu)

  22. November 30, 2018 / 10:03 am

    I love your blog! And enzo is so precious!

  23. Martha
    November 30, 2018 / 10:05 am

    Info muy útil! Y las fotos muy lindas!
    Happy friday
    IG: @marthasalazarf

  24. Maria Mahindra
    November 30, 2018 / 10:19 am

    Happy Friday! I do not have kids yet, but definitely want them in the future. Thanks for sharing all your tips/tricks with kids, I share what i learn with you with my sister who has 2 children (2 & 5). Enzo is adorable and I LOVE LOVE his highlights 😉
    Thanks!
    MM

    IG: Mia_M86

  25. Yuri Owens
    November 30, 2018 / 10:27 am

    Love using lavender at bath time for our kiddo. I think it helps relax me too. =) Enzo is such a cutie!

    @yurijowens

  26. Denisse Ch
    November 30, 2018 / 10:27 am

    Beautiful photos and great memories…
    You are one of my faves 🥰
    IG: dchamut

  27. Pamela Morales
    November 30, 2018 / 10:38 am

    Enzo is such a cutie. Will definitely use scent for my baby!!!! Thanks for charging all your tips♥️

    IG: babyparisaryia
    Email: pamelalopez121@yahoo.com

  28. Myrna
    November 30, 2018 / 10:40 am

    Que padres fotos! 😊
    IG @myrnavt

  29. November 30, 2018 / 10:44 am

    This makes complete sense! I use my diffuser all the time to help me relax

  30. Jocelyn Loredo
    November 30, 2018 / 10:46 am

    Very interesting. I had no idea of this.

  31. Briana Vasquez
    November 30, 2018 / 10:49 am

    Enzo is the cuttest baby, yo lo quiero!! 😭
    These is very useful information, definitely will keep it in mind!
    vmbriana@gmail.com

  32. Rebecca Macias
    November 30, 2018 / 10:54 am

    Happy Friday! Good info. And good luck with the workouts. You. Got. This.
    Rebecca
    macias.rebe@gmail.com

  33. November 30, 2018 / 10:58 am

    Ayyyy! Enzo se nota que es un amor!! Que niño tan más hermoso! Aunque yo no tengo hijos, me encanta que des sugerencias a las mamás que te siguen! Gracias por ser mi blogger favorita! Y toda una inspiración para mi!

    @susloveshou (IG)

  34. Michelle Garcia
    November 30, 2018 / 11:00 am

    Such sweet photos! IG: gmgarcia8

  35. Janinzka Belendez
    November 30, 2018 / 11:04 am

    He’s so cute 😍
    Ig: janibelendez

  36. Valeria Nicolas
    November 30, 2018 / 11:05 am

    Parece bebe gerber, esta hermoso !!!
    ig: valerianicolas

  37. Patty
    November 30, 2018 / 11:08 am

    Such cute photos!! Enzo is getting so big!

    IG: pconrad3

  38. Crystal
    November 30, 2018 / 11:26 am

    My girls are 12 &9 and I still have them use these products. I give them more hugs and kisses! Enjoy Enzo they grow so fast. He’s so adorable!

  39. Chloe Tham Liu
    November 30, 2018 / 11:30 am

    Hmm..I do like Johnson & Johnson – maybe I’ll try out CottonTouch next! My little one has been having trouble with our hectic nighttime routine 🙁
    IG: tlchlover

  40. Thayne Dibble
    November 30, 2018 / 11:46 am

    Enzo looks so cute here! Never tried this scent yet with my 14-month old son, but now I must try it. Thanks for the tips!

    IG: thaynedibble

  41. November 30, 2018 / 11:48 am

    The Johnson’s scent definitely brings me back to my childhood too! It’s crazy how our brain remembers things like that for so long. We use Honest brand on our baby but we were visiting my in-laws and my MIL had bought Johnson’s and the second we squeezed out the soap, the scent hit me and it was so special!
    Reminded me all those happy bath times as a kid!

    xo Mary-Katherine
    http://www.goldhattedlover.com
    @mkminnis_

  42. YI CHUN CHEN
    November 30, 2018 / 11:54 am

    THIS IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING MY BABIES WOULD LOVE TO TRY, THANK YOU FOR THE AMAZING IDEA!
    IG:CAROLQUIVIVE

  43. Lulu Salcedo
    November 30, 2018 / 11:56 am

    I love aromatherapy, and it’s incredible how important is to live with aromatic! I loveeee your post Pao!
    Saludos 🙂
    IG: lulusalcedom__
    Email: lulusalcedo21@icloud.com

  44. Kathia p
    November 30, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    I love the smells especially the night time and the original pink bottle.

    Ig: kathiap21

  45. Daniela Rosales
    November 30, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    enzo hermoso!! lo amo
    ig: danielarosalesgg

  46. Virginia G.
    November 30, 2018 / 12:49 pm

    I had no idea about the info you shared in this blog, I will defenetly start using that shampoo.

    IG: _vickkyg

  47. Mariana C
    November 30, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    Enzo is the cutest! Lo amooo <3
    Ig: marianacamarenad

  48. Amy
    November 30, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    So cute! I’m dreading transitioning my baby to the big tub. I still give him a bath on the counter 😂

    @amiee318

  49. Fernanda
    November 30, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    El mejor fotógrafo!!! @fersoria39

  50. Amalia Mariaca
    November 30, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    Awww 😍 @principessamalia

  51. Moni
    November 30, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    I love Enzo, he def is the most adorable baby ever!!! As a psychopedagogist I totally agree on the importance of olfactory stimulation in babies!!!

  52. November 30, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    I so need to try this one with my son!! Enzo is sooo cute, happy Friday!! ❤️
    @marialeijablog

  53. November 30, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing and writing about this!

  54. Alexandra Gonzalez
    November 30, 2018 / 2:44 pm

    Love these bubble bath photos! I had the best memories as a child playing in baths, pools, front yard sprinklers, and of course at the beach in SD! 🛁 🌊 🏊

    Thanks for sharing, Happy Friday!

    xoxo
    Alex @alxtgnz

  55. November 30, 2018 / 3:20 pm

    They grow up so fast so enjoy every moment!! Happy Friday!
    xo
    Tracy
    @tsonck

  56. Sandy Kem
    November 30, 2018 / 3:33 pm

    He’s the fucken cutest! I love watching you on Insta stories!! Makes me want a baby soon! 😀 Love your little family Pao<3

    XoxO
    -Sandy K.

    IG: Sani.in.L.A

  57. Alyssa
    November 30, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    Amo los olores de johnson&johnson! Son súper tbt 😂 ! Bellos!!!

    IG: kid_a_lyssa

  58. Vanessa Serrato
    November 30, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    Enzo is so beautiful! He’s got your eyes, thanks for the tips and suggestions I love Johnson’s as well! Can’t wait to have babies like Enzo!
    IG:nessaserrato

  59. Denise
    November 30, 2018 / 4:17 pm

    Enzo is such a cutie!!! Me encanta verlo en tus instastories 🙂
    Totalmente de acuerdo con lo de los olores! El anclaje que crean en ciertos momentos de tu vida son tan reales, te transportan.
    Bonito fin!
    IG: @denipara

  60. Shelby Saltsman
    November 30, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    Love this post and your sweater!!
    @shelb_salt

  61. Rox sn
    November 30, 2018 / 5:57 pm

    Me encanta recordar cosas con diferentes olores, el post me gusto muchisismo no soy mama pero creo que lo aplicare conmigo.
    Me encanta Enzo es súper alegre🥰

    IG: @roxsn
    Snrox.94@gmail.com

  62. Lisette Munoz
    November 30, 2018 / 6:08 pm

    Enzo is such a cute kid! It was interesting learning about the importance of scents for a baby’s development. I am not a mom, but if I were I now know that scents are important for a baby’s development. The Johnsons baby product seem like a great product for babies, I would like to use them when I have kids some day. Have a great weekend Paola! Instagram: lisettemunoz1

  63. Jennifer
    November 30, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    Omg! I love the pictures😍

    IG @jeenilis

  64. Elisa
    November 30, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    Enzo is SO cute ❤️️ and growing so fast!

    IG: argentinanoelle

  65. Catalina
    December 1, 2018 / 3:07 am

    My son is 18 months old and loves the bath as well! Thanks for the recommendations and for all the lovely baby tips.

    PS. Your blog does an amazing job of a balancing fashion, lifestyle, beauty and parenthood content. x

    IG: cateclectic

  66. Valeria
    December 2, 2018 / 9:06 am

    The pictures are NEXT level.

    IG: valestani

  67. Bella
    December 2, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    Es tan Bello ver cómo disfrutas cada instante con tu Enzo hermoso y admirable ver lo bien que manejas y balanceas tu tiempo con tu familia, hogar, trabajo, viajes etc.
    Felicidades!!

  68. Kathleen Cone
    December 3, 2018 / 11:37 am

    No better scent than a baby. Doesn’t hurt that he’s cute as a button also!
    @kathleen_cone_or_cup

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