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(The New York Times)   The reason you want to cuddle and snuggle with babies that aren't your own? Science   (nytimes.com) divider line
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2019-03-15 09:07:39 AM  
Because the peoples that didn't, didn't have as many babies survive?
 
2019-03-15 10:34:43 AM  
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"See?  I'm not pro pedophilia.  I'm pro science!"
 
2019-03-15 10:43:26 AM  
Because I can hand them back to their parents when they get fussy or need changing!
 
2019-03-15 10:44:00 AM  
DNA regards us as mere vehicles for it's propagation and survival.
 
2019-03-15 10:47:12 AM  
Because I like babies a billion times more than most adults. No science needed.
 
2019-03-15 10:50:26 AM  
So I can transfer their life force into me
 
2019-03-15 10:52:06 AM  
Hmm.  I'm not a fan of other people's babies.  I loved the hell out of my own, but I'd much rather snuggle with a puppy than someone else's child.  Although, I very much want grandchildren.
 
2019-03-15 11:17:42 AM  
Ugh! Cuddle them? I wouldn't want those screaming little germ beasts anywhere near me.
 
2019-03-15 11:18:13 AM  
Babies, puppies, kittens, baby birds, piglets, I love em all.  Especially when they belong to other people when they grow up.  My plan if I live to retirement is to foster baby animals until they are old enough to be adopted.
 
2019-03-15 11:28:42 AM  
Oxytocin?
 
2019-03-15 12:03:03 PM  
I don't even want to hear about my best friend's kids, let alone hold one. Not sure my best friend does either.
 
2019-03-15 01:58:00 PM  
I have never had the urge described in the headline.  I dislike most epsilons.
 
2019-03-15 02:10:05 PM  
wtf? I don't even want to be in the same room as a baby, much less cuddle them.
 
2019-03-15 03:12:01 PM  
My cousin had a baby recently and my family convinced me to smell her because apparently "new baby smell" is a thing. I didn't really get it at the time and I don't get it now.
 
2019-03-15 05:15:33 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: wtf? I don't even want to be in the same room as a baby, much less cuddle them.


When I was in grad school and either of my sisters came by with one of their babies, I left to house and drove to the U. to study.
 
2019-03-15 05:34:58 PM  
Cuddling with my own baby was okay (when she was asleep and sweet).  Anyone else's babies can GTFO.
 
2019-03-15 06:55:38 PM  
research from Canada, 2013:
'Researchers at U of Montreal collected the scent of newborns off their pajamas two days after they were born, and asked a group of 30 women to smell them while undergoing brain scans. Half of the women had given birth three to six weeks before the experiment and the other 15 had never given birth.
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Although both groups of women smelled the same scent intensity, their brain reactions were notably different. The women who had just given birth had greater activation in their brain's reward center compared to women who had never given birth.  "This circuit makes us desire certain foods and causes addiction to tobacco and other drugs," the researchers say in a statement. "Not all odors trigger this reaction. Only those associated with reward, such as food or satisfying a desire, cause this activation."
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That's because by and large, the reward circuit is designed to reinforce behaviors that are critical for survival, such as eating and sex (although the system can be exploited by less beneficial behaviors such as excessive drinking and drug abuse) - and creating a bond between mother and child. Not only does this provide much-needed protection for the helpless infant, but it also helps moms to become more comfortable with new maternal experiences, including breastfeeding.'
From the journal 'Frontiers in Psychology.' 2013
 
2019-03-15 09:15:52 PM  
I like those neck muscles to be well developed before I'll hold a baby. If someone insists I'll sit down with my legs together and lay them on my lap so I don't have to worry about their giant (proportionally) bobble-heads. This also frees up my hands for drinks.
 
2019-03-16 01:28:33 AM  
Who the hell wants to do that? They usually smell funny, even when they haven't recently shat their pants, which they usually have done recently. They're considerably dumber than the typical cat, and somehow even more full of themselves. Babies are basically Hitler.
 
2019-03-16 08:06:27 PM  
Because so many women die during childbirth without modern health care.
 
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