In my experience it is best for a new mommy to smell as close to her natural self as possible when cuddling and loving her new-born. Take notice of the smell of the perfume you are wearing, and the body lotion, bath soap, talcum powder, antiperspirant, etc. These odours can be over-whelming to a new-born, and if that new-born so happens to have SPD, you cannot begin to imagine the discomfort.
I noticed early on that Hein-Chris would start crying when I picked him up after I had a bath at night, or just after I got dressed in the morning. I would typically go heavy on the Issey Miyake, and plaster on the coconut body balm before my pj’s, thinking nothing of it.
It took a trip to our registered clinic sister (and midwife) to alert me to the fact that my baby might be finding me - well (not easy to admit) - smelly. He quite simply could not stand the smell of me (nice).
I put the perfume away, switched to an odourless bath soap, antiperspirant and body lotion, and started washing my clothes in scent-free detergent (with no added fabric softener). It was noticeable how much better Hein-Chris responded to me after I made the change.
Ours was a severe case so I went on to remain odourless for the next three years. Dark days indeed. I am happy to report that I am back to wearing my beloved Issey Miyake and loving every moment.
Baby photos courtesy of Taryn van Rensburg Photography