I buy a lot of candles, but which candle I burn depends on my mood…and let’s just say my moods are many.
I enjoy different seasonal scents, a variety of florals, and oh how I love a good cookie or cake scented candle!
As I was perusing my rather extensive candle collection, I came across one with a Baby Powder scent that got me thinking. Who wouldn’t love it if they could bottle up some of the other scents associated with babies like that newborn baby smell?
Of course, maybe that’s not a good idea. Now that I think about it, aside from that newborn smell, there’s really not a whole lot of scents kids carry that are all that appealing.
People without kids might not know this, but any parent can tell you, kids stink. Seriously, they have a number of smells, most of which are totally gross, and they stink a good bit of the time.
Here’s some common kid smells that could inspire some new candle scents…but let’s hope that never happens:
1. Old Baby Burp – Did you ever pick up your baby and think, “Oh my God he smells like curdled milk!” You change the baby and the baby still stinks, so you do what any good parent would do and give them a bath. Once the baby is cleaned, dried and changed again, you’re shocked to still smell that old baby burp smell! You wonder if it’s coming out of his pores, and begin to think you should call the doctor when you realize that the smell isn’t coming from the baby – or at least not just from the baby – anymore. That’s right, it’s coming from you. Maybe there’s spit up on your shirt, in your hair, or both. You hurry up and clean and change yourself, just in time to do another feeding/burping again. Ah, motherhood. If we had a themed scent, this might be it.
2. Cryin’ Over Spilled Milk – Speaking of milk, we all know the old saying, “Don’t cry over spilled milk!” Well, whoever said that clearly didn’t have that milk spilled all over a couch. I can also assure you that they knew the milk spilled right away, and wasn’t made aware of it a period of time later when the milk was able to sink deep into the cushions where it would eventually sour and make you want to throw out the whole damn couch. So you know what? If you have milk spilled onto your fabric couch, go ahead and feel your feelings.
3. That’s No Raisin – There really are few things worse than finding milk spilled on your couch…except maybe for finding a couple of smooshed raisins. Only wait a second. Oh please no! Anything but that! Those raisins aren’t raisins at all…they’re turds, and you picked them up so now they’re in your hand. Go ahead and feel your feelings again.
4. Poopy Wall Art – New parents probably think changing a dirty diaper can be a disgusting task, but I can tell you that I’d change a thousand dirty diapers over having to clean up poop smeared on a wall during nap or bedtime. That very first time a baby/toddler opens a poop-filled diaper and uses it to paint the walls, you might be tempted to never let them nap again. Don’t worry, that feeling will fade by tomorrow.
5. Hot Diaper Genie – Poop on the walls is nothing short of awful, but even when it’s closed securely and disposed of in a diaper pail, you’re not out of the woods. Have you ever forgotten to empty the diaper genie and say, gone away for a weekend trip? We did just that one summer, and after we arrived home I would have sworn that something died in the nursery…and also that my husband said he was going to take it out before we left.
6. Boy’s Room – It’s not just a nursery that can have some funky smells, just ask the parents of older boys. I have no idea what the smells are, or where they are coming from, but boys stink. Take my word for it.
7. Gym Bag Blues – I won’t say this is just a boy thing, mostly because I can remember my sports bags smelling pretty foul, but anyone who has a kid with a gym bag knows they get FUNKY.
8. Oops! I had an accident so I hid my training pants – Maybe one of the only things worse than an older child’s gym clothes is a toddler’s attempt at hiding potty accidents. I’ve had the unfortunate experience(s) – more times than I care to recall – of walking in one of my kid’s rooms and detecting there’d been a potty accident within the last 24-48 hours. How did I know this just by walking in the room? Am I a psychic? A crime scene analyst or detective? No, I could smell it, and then would crawl around like a bloodhound sniffing in closets and under beds for peed-in-pants. New parents who haven’t gone though potty training yet, you’ll recognize the smell which is like a mixture between the tiger exhibit at the zoo and defiance.
9. Smell my finger – Never trust a toddler when they say, “Smell my finger!” It’s never going to be a pleasant scent. I promise.
10. Binky Breath – When you think of places on a baby that might be the cause of an odor, most people would assume it’s the diaper area. Even babies, however, aren’t immune to morning breath, which in my house, we dubbed “binky breath.”
11. Sour Sippy Cup – Is there a more sorrowful smell than that of a forgotten sippy cup that lay undetected under a couch, behind a toy box, or beneath a car seat. One whiff of week old milk and you’ll know there’s only one option – that sippy cup is trash.
12. Dad’s Chili (that he shared with baby) in a diaper – Isn’t it such an exciting time when babies are old enough to try new foods? Exploring new tastes and textures is such a fun experience…well, most of the time. Some foods may be better left unexplored until later in life, like Dad’s Chili. And if Dad thinks the baby is old enough to try said chili, then Dad get’s to change baby’s chili diaper later too. Hey, those are just the rules.
13. Up All Night – Although hard to describe, you’ll know it when you smell it: a blend of defeat, madness, and unconditional love.
14. Footie Pajamas (Frito Feet) – To put it simply those roasty, toasty footed pajamas that kids love to wear keep their feet from getting cold, but often times make them hot, sweaty and smelling like Frito Corn Chips.
15. For a limited time! Retro Jelly Shoe Candles – Speaking of smelly feet, why would anyone think wearing a plastic shoe was a good idea? I was so mad when my Mom made me get rid of my pink, pungent jellies.
Now that I thought through it, I can see why there really aren’t any kid inspired candles. What smells would you hope to never see made into a candle? Leave me a comment, I love hearing from you!
You may also like these inspired Pottery Barn Kids Baby Sentiment Signs for the Nursery.