Are Kids & Fragrances Incompatible?

Are Kids & Fragrances Incompatible?

'Tis the season for entertaining, and many hosts will set the mood with the aroma of spices or evergreens. Me, I'm on the fence. When my kids were born I took the newborn fragrance-free directive to heart, ditching the room sprays and candles that I loved for fear of bothering their delicate noses and lungs. With signs of the holidays everywhere I find myself yearning for my favorite winter scent, Votivo Red Currant, and wondering if kids and fragrances incompatible.

As I reflect on this I realize that I am conflicted. On the one hand, I don't want to subject my little ones to potentially irritating fragrances. On the other hand, I often worry that my house smells like a dirty diaper. Besides, I really enjoy a good-smelling home. We have a reed diffuser in the bathroom, but that's pretty much it. With our frequent play dates I wouldn't want a home or personal fragrance to bug one of our little friends, but I also want the house to smell nice.

Did you ditch perfumes, home fragrance and other smelly things once you brought home baby? Did you reintroduce them eventually or are you fragrance-free for the long haul?

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