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Why Parents Want to Eat Their Babies

Why Parents Want to Eat Their Babies

A few weekends ago, we ran into some friends who had just had a baby. I got to hold their chubby little one in my arms, and as I cradled her, I couldn’t help saying…

“I could sink my teeth into that thigh.”

It was a semi-weird thing to say, on the face of it, but do you ever feel the same way? I regularly tell my own boys, “I want to eat your cheeks off,” and “You’re so munchy,” and Alex often announces, “I’m going to squeeze you ’til you pop.” My friend told her daughter that she was going to eat her for breakfast with a spoon, and Caroline nicknamed her dog “Squeezle,” inspired by the daily urge to “squeeze her tiny, fluffy face.”

“Baby-talk can sound downright serial-killer-ish if you take it out of context,” wrote Pagan Kennedy in the New York Times. But social psychologist Oriana Aragón actually did a study about these feelings and coined it “cute aggression.” People sometimes clench their fists or grit their teeth when they see something adorable. Aragón and her team at Yale asked people to hold sheets of bubble wrap while watching a series of photos. And the people popped more bubbles while looking at cuter things (say, a kitten vs. a cat), proving that they really did feel an urge to squeeeeeze.

Researchers aren’t sure yet why it happens, but one guess is that it’s because, throughout the centuries, parents have had to hold their babies pretty continually for those first couple years, and this urge may help us keep them close.

Thoughts? What cute-aggressive things do you say?

Why Parents Want to Eat Their Babies

10/10 would eat those cheeks again.

P.S. One thing that has surprised me about parenting, and why kids cover their eyes while hiding.

(Top photo by Serena Mitnik-Miller. Bottom photo of Toby.)

  1. Lucy says...

    I often say I want to eat cute things with a spoon! It’s bizarre, also because I would never say a fork, always a spoon. I think because spoons you eat sweet things like ice cream and sweet things = cute things…?

  2. witloof says...

    One of my nephews is really struggling since he got two new baby brothers. When he starts acting up I say in a very stern voice, YOUNG MAN DO YOU NEED A ZERBERT? IS THAT YOUR PROBLEM? COME OVER HERE RIGHT NOW. And he starts laughing and offering me body parts to buzz. Works every time.

    • Roxana says...

      This is so sweet. Poor dude is probably really craving some attention. You are one good aunt ;).

  3. Eeeeeeeee!! I always feel like SUCH a creep commenting on other people’s baby pics. I want to eat ALL the babies.

    Also, these comments are golden, all of them.

  4. Jody says...

    When he was about 2 I said to our youngest, “You are so cute I want to put you on a cracker and eat you up!” He stared at me completely horrified and burst into tears. “Please don’t eat me Mommy!” I tried and tried to explain and never said anything like that again. Then recently, about 2 years later (he’s almost 5 now) he said out of the blue, “Mom, remember when you said you wanted to eat me?!” He had this little smile as he told me, as if he was in on a silly joke but as he pondered it his face grew grim like, “Could she have been serious???” Our poor baby. If he could read, this whole blog post would give him nightmares.

  5. Jessica says...

    It’s like that line in Where the Wild Things Are!

  6. Meldy says...

    I’m enjoying myself as I’m reading the comments. My niece had just given birth to their baby girl 2 months ago and baby has doubled in size, (she was born at 6 lbs, now she’s 11 lbs after her monthly check-up just a week ago with the Pediatrician), with very chubby cheeks (like a Blowfish- LOL!!). When I visited last week, I wanted to say to her Mom that I want to eat her cheeks and thighs but I thought it’s a little offensive to the Mom if I said that. After reading this article, I felt better knowing that it’s called “cute aggression”. Will be sharing article to my niece and to my niece’s mom (my sister).

  7. Kerri says...

    One time while I was out with my baby he looked up at me from his car seat and gave me the sweetest smile that lit my heart on fire. I quickly looked around to make sure no one was looking and licked both of his cheeks because I wanted to bite him so bad but still wanted him to like me. ☺️

  8. gabrielle says...

    my kids and i JUST listened to a Wow in the World episode about this. it was fascinating (and hilarious) for them to learn too!

  9. Jessie says...

    Oh my gosh! I say all the time “I want to eat you” to my daughters (9,8, and 5). I do the teach clench and hold my hands into fists. They are so stinking cute. My 5 year old says “If you eat me you’ll eat my poop”

  10. Anna Stevens says...

    I tell my 6 year old all the time that I want to eat her and she said, “but then you won’t have me.” So meta.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a cutie!

  11. Emily says...

    I always pretend to eat my kids toes cause how do you resist right? And today my 1 1/2 yr old took her toy and was having it eat my toes! So I guess it’s also inherited?

  12. Anna says...

    One of my nick names for my (very chubby) 18 month old is “Baby Yum Yum.” NOM NOM.

  13. Lana Keller says...

    I came across this song when I was very pregnant with my now 3 mo old daughter (via Elizabeth Antonia’s Early Riser Companion). It’s about just this, and the song itself is so cute that I could barely handle it (ahem, pregnancy hormones). Not sure if it’s familiar to others, but it was new to me and I love it so much.

    Little Sack of Sugar by Woody Guthrie
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeDlYhKu-6U

    • Anna says...

      Actually! I learned about this song on Cup of Jo when it was sung by Elizabeth Mitchell. I think it was the background to a video CoJ made?

  14. Audrey says...

    Just last night as I was kiss-chomping my 3yo, she squealed, “No, Mommy! We don’t eat peoples, just food.”

  15. Kate says...

    This reminds me of when you posted cute things the boys were saying including Anton saying “shoes-on off!” and I commented “this is so cute it makes me angry,” haha!

  16. One of my favorite things my son has said – “Mommy, I’m not food, I’m just a little guy!”

    • Steph says...

      Oh my gosh that is too cute!

  17. Denise says...

    Funny! Babies aren’t that cute to me but I definitely have a very similar cute-aggression about kittens.

    • beks says...

      right?! I may have nibbled on those velvet ears before…

  18. Roxana Khan says...

    I’m flying to California this weekend to meet my niece for the first time. She’s two weeks old and all I can text my brother when he sends me photos is “I’m going to eat her feet/hands/cheeks/rolls/chin off”. The pudge!

  19. Abbe says...

    This is hilarious — actually, my mom would bite us all the time! Well into my teens she would grab our arms and ask for “just a bite” and if we said no would always pull the “but I carried you for nine months!” bit…and then proceed to bite our upper arms! I always thought it was super weird but glad to know there’s a scientific explanation for it…and now that I’m grown up and live across the country, I miss her arm bites. :)

  20. Ana says...

    This is such a funny and cute concept. In my culture (French!!) food terms and food related language are often used to convey love and affection. Although the English language as some really good expressions too (e.g. “Cute as a pie.”). My husband was a bit taken aback, the first time I declared that our baby daughter (then a few weeks old) was so cute I could eat her. He has gotten used to it, and she loves when I pretend to eat her delicious cheeks while saying “Miam Miam” and kissing her. She has recently started to reciprocate with incredibly drool laden wide open mouth “kisses”. It is the best!!

  21. Aimee says...

    This reminds me of something Tony Kushner said after Maurice Sendak died: “There’s a lot of consuming and devouring and eating in Maurice’s books. And I think that when people play with kids, there’s a lot of fake ferocity and threats of, you know, devouring, because love is so enormous, the only thing you can think of doing is swallowing the person that you love entirely.”

    • Jo says...

      Yes!!! This post really reminded me of “where the wild things are” page where the monsters tell the boy ” don’t leave, we’ll eat you up, we love you so!”. Love is such a big feeling you can’t stop wanting to eat your loved ones up 😬

  22. Sophie says...

    I was listening to an episode of Brains On (highly recommended podcast for kids) a few years ago, where they said that ‘cute aggression’ is sort of a coping mechanism, like we’re so overwhelmed by positive feelings that we have to dull them by channeling them into sadness or aggression just to mitigate how overwhelmed we are! https://www.brainson.org/shows/2016/12/06/what-makes-cute-things-cute

  23. Hilary says...

    Omg this! I love seeing how universal this feeling is. I was on a Delta flight recently and they had the most touching in flight video (narrated by queen Viola Davis!) about how babies show how alike humanity is. Gah I watched it while on my first trip away from my babe and it was all the feelings. My 12 MO tries to gives kisses by opening her mouth and biting gently and it’s the sweetest thing!

    • Jolanda says...

      Ah so could that she does it gently! My bubba does this too but would take out chunks of flesh if I let him (but I really do believe he does it to show how much he loves me :P:P:P).

    • Cassy says...

      Mine too! It melts me!!

  24. Bridget Hunt says...

    I want to eat my kids all day every day. Cute-aggressive Mom right here!

  25. Katherine says...

    In Spanish we call this ansias. My girlfriend will say “ANSIAS!” then nibble on whatever appendage of mine is closest to her: arm, leg, shoulder, etc.

  26. Tshego B says...

    I’d follow an IG page that only posted baby toes. In fact I’m actively looking for such a page…BABY TOES ARE SO FREAKING CUTE!!!

    • Jody says...

      Hahaha!

  27. ClaudiaS says...

    Totally nerding out here, but I think researchers found when they analysed the activity of the neural circuits in the brain while Volunteers looked at pictures of beloved and hated people, two specific areas in the brain (the putamen and the insula) were both significantly stimulated. „One major difference between love and hate appears to be in the fact that large parts of the cerebral cortex – associated with judgement and reasoning – become de-activated during love, whereas only a small area is deactivated in hate.“ (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/scientists-prove-it-really-is-a-thin-line-between-love-and-hate-976901.html) and I think this led to the hypotheses that maybe the brain sometimes counterbalances emotions by stimulating contradictory feelings…
    So it‘s like LITERALLY your brain cannot handle the cuteness overload!
    Boy, I love science…

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      love this, thank you! and i heard that it’s the same as when you’re so happy, you cry. your brain is like, wait a second, let’s bring it back a little!

    • Laura C. says...

      This is awesome!

  28. Lili says...

    I don’t have kids yet, but I have an adorable little puppy and I often talk about the various ways I want to eat her up. With chocolate sauce, or barbecue sauce, or mostly as a pudding. It is so bizarre! I think my grandmother talked about eating up the grandkids when we were little. Funny.

    I love this post. It’s very thoughtful. Thank you!

  29. Kelly says...

    when my son was a baby, I used to pretend to eat his toes all the time. They were so irresistible to me (so soft, pudgy, and perfect) there may have been an occasion or two where I put Cheerios in between and ate them, just to feel like I was eating his toes.

    • Mari says...

      omg lol

  30. Nicki says...

    This urge seems to be familiar across many cultures. My French husband always tells our children that he will eat them (and pretend to do so), and I’ve regularly heard French friends and relatives refer to children as “mon chou” (which can mean either cabbage or pastry) or “mon poulet” (my chicken, or the term used to refer mainly to chicken meat rather than a live chicken). I’m German and call both of my daughters my sweets (“meine Suessen”), which is what my mother called me.

    Our two-year old also seems to have an innate desire to chew on people she loves. She often sucks or gnaws on my chin when I’m holding her in my arms, and has been doing so since she was old enough to hold up her own head (I have many pictures of her doing it as a tiny baby, we used to think it was hilarious). She’ll also regularly try to grab my hand and put it in her mouth – sometimes she chews gently, but other times apparently she can’t help herself from chomping down hard. She also likes to sleep with her whole little face smushed up directly into my face, which can be super uncomfortable but I still can’t resist!

    I was just thinking recently that I’ll be sad when they grow up and lose the urge to be so affectionate towards me – and then reminded myself that I should be more affectionate with my own parents who I’m sure feel the same way!

    • Ali says...

      I know exactly what you mean. I took my father to the grocery store a few weeks ago and held his hand the whole time.

  31. Alyssa says...

    I definitely have cute aggression! I once heard it’s our brains ways of regulating such extreme emotions. By introducing an extreme opposite reaction to an over burst of emotion.

  32. Kirsty says...

    Where I’m from in the north of England, it’s quite common to say about babies “I could eat you in a butty”.

    A butty is a sandwich btw and people love their butties here!

  33. Claire says...

    My friend used to say about our other friend’s baby – I want to mash her with a potato masher!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha

  34. Anna says...

    I can’t stop laughing at these comments. Taken together like this, wow – humans are weird! I am totally guilty – my son is so utterly delicious that it’s kind of painful. I can buy into the idea that it’s a kind of brain-correction for the intensity of that love you have for them. A dark sort of joke or something, that helps you handle how utterly smitten you are. My kids even had different flavours: daughter was apricot, and son is honey and ginger. Haha.

    Also – reminds me of that great scene in Punch Drunk Love where Emily Watson and Adam Sandler are basically doing serial-killer pillow talk: ‘I want to chew your face and I want to scoop out your eyes, and I want to eat them and chew them and suck on them.’ Not quite as cute, but apposite!

  35. Lynn Nguyen says...

    My husband jokes that I only want babies with fat cheeks. Bit fat cheeks to bite. :D

  36. Lindsey says...

    Fat babies are healthy babies!

    • Mk says...

      Skinny babies are healthy babies too.

  37. MM says...

    I always want to take bites of my children, but I know I need their permission. I’ll ask very gently, “Do you mind if I eat just a small bite of your upper arm? Your delicious thigh?” They always refuse. Sigh.

    • MM says...

      Also, both my girls have inherited this from me. When they’re feeling a lot of love, they both have the habit of gritting their teeth, rocking back and forth and sort of moaning while they hug me or their dad. It’s hilarious.

  38. Kids are so nice that you’re going to kiss them all day. That’s about my parents coming to eat you

  39. Kate says...

    I absolutely identify with this feeling. I think my sister has the most disturbing comment though, she said she loved my newborn daughter’s toes so much she wanted to sprinkle them on her salad.

    My daughter is 8 and we still laugh about it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha

  40. Cg says...

    Every. Single. Time:
    “I just want to eat you up!!! Nom nom nom!!”

  41. Veronica says...

    That baby thigh arrrrrrgh! Chomp chomp chomp! Such an interesting subject. I want learn more about it. Seems like there is a biological response to having that (oddly expressed )attachment to your own child. But after having one, I have the response to this rando baby thigh picture. Do individuals that are child free get this feeling? Curious.

    • MB says...

      I do not have children of my own. But whenever I see chubby little baby thighs or sweet chubby cheeks, my first thought is always, I would love to bite on those! Very gently of course :)

    • TS says...

      100%. I am child free and could gobble up every cute baby thigh, cheek and bum i see.

  42. Jennifer says...

    I always think about that line in Where the Wild Things Are – “I’ll eat you up I love you so!” I can’t think of a more accurate statement when looking at my daughter’s far too kissable cheeks.

  43. Eva says...

    joanna, what’s the source of tiny toby’s sweet knit hat in that photo? i must have one for my bitty 4mo!

    and yes, every little roll on her body, and her sweet giant rosy cheeks, i nuzzle constantly <3 <3 <3

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      it’s from oeuf!

  44. Tee says...

    YEP. Listen people: I have two boys, ages 12 and 14, and mama still bites them. I bite my husband, and my little dog too. I will likely do this in perpetuity. You gotta be remembered for something, I guess.

  45. Sara says...

    I sometimes say “I’m gonna squeeze you till you poop!”

  46. Tiffani Green says...

    When my daughter was a baby I wanted to squeeze/pinch/bite her chubby little thighs and cheeks all the time. I remember being so sad when the last of her baby fat disappeared. She is now a lanky teenager and to this day, I still poke her soft little cheeks all the time. And because she is still my sweet baby at heart, she lets me.

  47. That thigh! Oh, my!

    My boys were 9.4 pounds and 10.3 pounds. Thighs and cheeks for days. So munchable!

  48. Kailey says...

    I feel the urge all the time! My twins are almost four (next month!) and several times a day I declare that I’m going to eat one of them. They promptly tell me that I should eat the other one first!

  49. Stefanie says...

    I always want to eat my son’s little bean toes lol

  50. Rebecca says...

    I swear, my little 3-month-old often smells like popcorn. Is it the milky breath? I have no clue, but that smell just makes his little baby chub even more bite-worthy! At least every other day I say, “oh no, Daddy… gonna have to nibble this baby! Here you take a thigh, I’ll have this popcorn arm here.” Babies make us weird, yo.

    • Leanne says...

      Haha. We used to talk about which parts we’d eat too. “Oh, I’m going to nibble your little toes! Honey, would you like his juicy thigh or his delicate little fingers?” When that little guy was 6 months old, he’d scoot across the rug at the library, pull his friend’s sock off, and stick her toes in his mouth. He’d do this to her in the pool too. “STOP EATING YOUR FRIEND’S TOES!” Toes are irresistible. My daughter is 4, and I still rub my face against her smooshy one and munch on her cheeks. Om nom nom.

    • Rebecca – YES, popcorn! It’s the breastmilk poops and milk breath! It’s like a buttered popcorn that is *just kinda starting to* go bad. It’s WEIRD, and gross? but also is distinctly BABY, so I can’t hate it. :)

    • TSA says...

      Yes! Breastmilk poop oddly does smell like popcorn…with a hint of butterscotch? Ha! My 15-month-old has the cutest stinky breath and last night I asked her if I could bottle it up and use it at perfume. I also ask her if I can take one of her legs with me to work to munch on :)

  51. T says...

    I wonder how many commenters feel the same about their own back rolls or chubby thighs. Lucious, scrumptious, delicious pudding? Have we been conditioned out of this? Is it evolutionarily just for babies?

    • Roxana says...

      It’s so funny that you ask this, because my love for my daughter’s delicious little body (I love my boys, too, obviously) has actually helped me to love my own better. My daughter is 5 (will be 6 soon) and she is “thicker.” She’s muscular with a cute, perky and round little derriere and thicker legs. I was a comparatively scrawny kid, and for most of my life I’ve generally been lean/athletic (size 2-4, but now more of a 4-6). My Phoebe girl is not scrawny. Maybe this seems irrelevant, but like everyone I’ve struggled with irrational insecurities about my figure. For one, I did a lot of ballet in my youth and never liked my “thick soccer player” legs. I always thought “I don’t have the right kind of figure.” However, as I see my daughter and think “She is so stinking beautiful,” I’ve then thought to myself “well, I must look pretty good, too!” But even so that’s kind of beside the point. . . I love my sweet girl her however she is. My love for her has helped me to love myself more, because obviously, what we look like is really not the point! That said, I don’t know that I’d call my thigh dimples “delicious.” My husband might ;).

      Sorry if this is not what you meant!

    • TSA says...

      I’ve thought of that several times. Like why is my baby’s cellulite SO CUTE AND I WANT MORE OF IT but I despise my own? Trying to look at myself through my daughters’ eyes–pretty sure our kiddos think their mamas are perfect as is.

    • T says...

      Roxana it’s absolutely what I meant. I have a friend struggling post partum and to me she looks like a freaking fertility goddess, all butt and thighs and my god she looks powerful with a baby at her breast. Let’s celebrate ALL bodies, it was a freaking lottery that your you and your daughter’s souls found their ways into the ones you have.

  52. Priscilla says...

    I would constantly look at my newborn daughter, Violet,
    and tell her I was going to roll her up into a tortilla and have myself a “Violet taco”. She’s 1 and a half and I still want to eat her up.

  53. Lourdes says...

    I can’t remember the name of the study, but NPR did a segment on this!! The gist of the study is that the brain self-regulates when you have BIG emotions about something. Like crying from happiness, or you want to eat your kids. It’s a way to bring us back from going too far one side of the emotional scale.

    • Jackie says...

      I remember hearing about that study too, and it makes a lot of sense to me! Another example I think they mentioned was laughing at something horrible, like seeing someone get hurt (America’s Funniest Home Videos style!).

  54. Ann says...

    I call my little one a snack all the time. Just laid her down for bed and now I have the desire to wake her up and squeeze all over her legs :) Must resist this time.

  55. Brittany Thurman says...

    My father in law loves to miss my babies’ necks and say he’s just gotta get some neck meat to eat :)

    • Brittany Thurman says...

      Kiss!

    • nga nguyen says...

      I have twin nieces and they have the cutest little teeth and nose. I constant tell them I want to nom nom nom their nose and teeth and chase them in the room asking them to hand it over. They think it’s a riot and we laugh about it. My sister is like stop with the teeth and nose eating to me haha.

  56. Alex says...

    My sister is 8 years younger than me. When she was born, I was absolutely obsessed with her. I cannot resist the urge to SQUISH HER FACE CHEEKS WHOLE BODY TO DEATH WITH LOVE every time I see her ………….. she’s 25 and I see her like 2-3 times a week

  57. Anu says...

    I actually think my 2 year old feels this way towards me sometimes! He gets this almost adorable but rather intense look on his face when he sees me and gives me an affectionate squeeze between two fingers. I’m trying to train him out of it (because ouch that can hurt!) but also do it in a way that recognizes that he doesn’t mean harm by it – it’s a way he has of expressing his affection, just as I sometimes want to squeeze his cheeks (but resist).

  58. Tina says...

    i literally found teeth mark on my daughter’s chubby arm when she was a baby. It was from my mom who could never pass up a chubby baby’s part, whether it was a foot, arm or hand, without saying “I could just eat you up!”

  59. Bec from Cairns says...

    I say, “mmmmmm, you taste like chocolate”.

  60. Allison says...

    Nope, zero desire to eat/squeeze/touch babies. I’m 35 and they still “gross me out.”

    • eliseB says...

      WOW! How cool to be so honest. Bravo! Who wants to eat a baby????? This does not sound right to me either.

  61. Rachel says...

    For the first month or so whenever my baby would let out a big yawn I’d quickly lean in close to inhale his breath. I felt like such a weirdo but I couldn’t stop myself!

    • Kylie says...

      lol right?! I’ve got a 2wk old and yep this is a thing I do too haha

    • katie says...

      Ha! I do this with my cat’s breath when he yawns. So creepy. I love it.

  62. Holly says...

    I’ve never known someone who DIDN’T feel this. The bellies! The thighs! The double chins! The rolly wrists! The pudgy hands! Cheeks! And those tiny but chubby bottoms! My two year old still has one and in size 2 underwear it is truly too much to take. That sudden desire to squish, squeeze, bite, eat etc feels like a surge of love that has to go somewhere! I MUST SQUISH IT!!!!

    • Laura C. says...

      Ahahah Holly I feel you! Still do the same with my 5 yo!

    • celeste says...

      I definitely don’t feel this way. I think ya’ll are related to Hannibal Lector right now :)

  63. Colleen S says...

    My mom liked to say she wanted to eat my sisters’ fat thighs (jambas, she liked to call them), or nibble their “sugar” (under their chubby chins), and then she’d go at their throats. I frequently say I want to squish babies. Not literally, but I want to feel their squishiness.

    • Jen says...

      This is ridiculous.

      Everyone knows the sugar is right at the nape of the neck!
      :)

  64. Claire says...

    This makes me think of Where the Wild Things Are, when the wild things told Max “oh please don’t go! we’ll eat you up- we love you so! ”
    Also I find the scent of a baby’s little head to be powerful magic, that always makes me want to snuggle them close.

    • Sarah says...

      This was my first thought, too!

  65. Laura says...

    I don’t have any cute sayings, I usually just say “I’m gonna bite your little face (or legs or toes or butt)….” and then I proceed to bite her face! I kiss and nibble by 8 month old so often that she’s starting to do it back. She bites my nose, sticks her tongue up my nostril and then laughs hysterically. I’ve created a monster!

  66. Shannon says...

    I totally know that feeling! It’s funny because it actually reminds me of the toddler stage when kids themselves get a little “bitey.” When he was two, my son used to nip me and my husband, but it only when he was extremely happy and overexcited. It seemed to us that it was more an expression of affection than aggression—not that different from adults who just want to squeeze the little dumplings!

    • Laura says...

      My son does this exact same thing! Only when he is happy! I totally get it as complete love!!!

  67. Emma says...

    So funny that this is today’s topic! I have been thinking about the short film “Bao” all day!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i loved that short film!

  68. Sasha L says...

    Reading through these comments (which are so incredibly delightful and happy) reminded me that my oldest actually did take a bite of her baby sister once! Big sis loved to smell and smooch little baby sis right on top of her head, and one time with baby on my lap, she was smooching away to many happy giggles and then just bit her! Poor big sis did not get a good reaction. But how funny that perhaps she was behaving just as we all do to these delicious chubby little humans, but without as much inhibition.

    I can’t help but smell little humans so deeply, especially their heads. Also my dogs and horses. My God nothing smells better than horses. Also my husband’s neck. Even when he doesn’t actually smell *good* that neck smell just makes me melt. When I’m upset I will walk up and stuff my nose into his neck and I instantly feel ok again.

  69. Amelia says...

    The researchers findings were quite surprising, and I disagree that instinct would need a reminder.

    My thoughts for our propensity to squeeze lead me to wondering if it’s actually a reflex of excitement. When we see or interact with something cute, it excites us to the point of contracting. Hence the squeeze.

    Imagine if, when we saw a sweet little one crossing our view, our bodies went limp in excitement instead?

    • Emma says...

      I feel like we’d all be a lot more relaxed!

  70. Naomi says...

    Once I asked my then 4 y/o “Do you know that you are SO beautiful?” (Don’t worry ;) I usually celebrate things like thoughtfulness or diligence but in this moment I wanted her little self to know that everything about her is beautiful.) Her happy answer was, “Yes, if I was macaroni and cheese I’d eat me all up!” :)

    • Rebecca says...

      Don’t ever apologize for telling your daughter that she is beautiful. My mom is a good mom, but never directly said that I was beautiful growing up. She would say other things like, “That dress looks nice on you” things like that. One time I was visiting my aunt, I was probably 11 or 12 and my aunt looked at me and said, “I want you to know that you are beautiful.” I could almost cry now, almost 30 years later, when I remember her saying that to me. That one moment really got me through some times of self-doubt and my aunt will always have a special place in my heart because of that.

    • Sadie says...

      My shark-obsessed six-year-old calls love bites “shark kisses.” Sometimes he asks, “Nibble on your nose?”

  71. Anonymous says...

    I really want to bite my husband (and often do in a non-break skin kinda way) after sex. TMI?

    • MM says...

      I ALWAYS bite my husband. I just can’t help it. Sometimes I really sink my teeth in too…it’s worrisome!

  72. Olivia says...

    On a similar note, I never EVER would’ve thought I’d kiss my baby on the mouth. Nope, not me, never. Well, now that I have a seven week old (tomorrow! sob), I practically have to hold myself back from doing so and I LOVE it when she roots around at my cheek while I burp her and she open mouth kisses/gnaws at me haha. I love this girl so much.

    • Elise says...

      Yes! I have a four week old and feel exactly the same.

    • Jessica says...

      I have a three month old and since almost day one, she has gotten big kisses right on the mouth. I can’t even help myself. That big toothless mouth is irresistible. Now, she anticipates me coming in for a kiss and opens her mouth wide in a big grin to receive her kiss. It’s the best thing in the world.

    • Jessica says...

      Btw, Elise, that’s the name we gave my daughter! It’s not a very common name where we live so I’m always excited when I hear of another Elise.

    • katie says...

      Me too. Thought it was so weird when people kissed their kids on the mouth. Now I’m like COME HERE YOU KISS ME ON THE LIIIIIIIIIIIPS

  73. Ann says...

    In Ireland when we see super cute roly poly babies “You’d eat him/her without salt”!

  74. Annie says...

    I usually say “may I please just have a tiny bite right here” 😂 also this feeling sweeps over me in the most intense way when putting sunblock on a child’s face…HAVE TO SQUISH YOU🙋🙋

  75. Kim says...

    A good snuggle and a scalp inhale and I’m really, really good. I do like to say, “I love you so much I could eat….you….up!” While I chase them around the house and then hold them in my arms like they weigh a fraction of their real weight (50lbs!) I occasionally play nibble but only very gently.
    They never had the baby chub so much, though. My husband and I are both very tall and so are our kids, even as babies.

  76. Lauren says...

    My brother and sister in law just had a baby. I was looking at photos of her and said to my girls, who are 3 and 5, “ugh, she’s so delicious, I can’t take it.” They were totally confused. After explaining it a bit, my 5 year old said “but still, why would you joke about eating a human?” I’m still laughing about it, 3 weeks later.

  77. aimsymcar says...

    I’LL EAT YOU UP I LOVE YOU SO

  78. Courtney says...

    I was just discussing this very topic with the Costco cashier the other day as she was gushing over my baby.
    Her comment: “Babies are so cute you just want to eat them. Then they turn into toddlers and you wish you had.” 😂

  79. Love this title!!! It’s so true, though! Babies are just so cute that you can’t help but say they’re delicious! I have five children: 2 teens and 3 little ones. I’m always saying to my little ones: “I’m going to eat you…you’re so cute I could eat you up!” Sometimes my toddlers say to me, “Mommy, I’m going to eat you!” LOL! :)

  80. Andrea Hawken says...

    There’s a word for this in Tagalog (the Philippine national language). The word is “gigil” and in recent years, people have been releasing more and more studies about cute aggression. The first trip out of town my husband and I took together, we were newly dating and we went away to Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur. It’s dark and somewhat remote and there are no regular streetlights around, and he turned to me and said “I just want to chop you up into little bits,” immediately apologized thinking that I would be freaked out, but I told him I totally got it, that I wanted to squeeze the life out of him too. I explained the concept of “gigil” with him. We have two (soon to be 3) kids now and our boys are well aware that I love them so much and find them so adorable that I regularly want to cause them bodily harm.

  81. Annie says...

    My mom always told me she was “gonna kiss my guts out” – pretty serial killer-esque alright! But she also kept all of my baby teeth and a lock of my baby hair, so I guess moms and serial killers just have a lot in common?

  82. Jenny Di Meo says...

    I don’t want to reveal too much, but you *have* to read Elizabeth Ames’s novel “The Other’s Gold” if you’ve experienced this impulse! 💙

  83. sandra says...

    I always tell my sweet boy that I love him so much I just want to eat him up and put him back in my belly so I can have him as a baby all over again. I’m just in awe how quickly he’s becoming a young man and I love his little cheeks, nose, and lips. They remind me of vanilla cupcakes with strawberry frosting. Super creepy I know, just can’t help it!

  84. Julie says...

    although I have grown sons, I have to say I am an animal lover at heart and my contribution to this is….when I greet a horse, I can sense if it will allow me to sniff it’s nose. I inhale very deeply. The sense of deep connection with this scent leaves me breathless. The bottoms of dogs paws smell like Fritos. It is remarkable! I inhale and also have a very powerful reaction to that scent…my german shepherds used to show me affection by giving me “love bites”. Little tiny nibbles with their front teeth….as if they were so excited and happy to see me that they couldn’t stand it!

    • Jen says...

      I have told my kids I could eat them up but really have never understood this impulse to really nibble and eats babies so all the responses have been fascinating. Your comment though…Yes!!! I am the same. My collie boy does “chew chew teeth” where he geeennnntly but rapidly nibbles at the surface of my skin. I love it!! Maybe he’s thinking, I could eat you up! My horse and mule both don’t mind me inhaling their necks and noses ❤️

  85. I have three children and my son (the youngest, almost two) is built like a Neanderthal and has been since the day he was born. Imagine the love child of Bam Bam and a Renaissance performer walking around with a turkey leg and that’s my boy, Knox. Even his name somehow sounds barbaric. As a baby, I found myself hopelessly and obsessively devoted to his ham hock thighs and his gotta-see-them-to-believe-them obnoxiously plump lips. (PS. Why do boys get the traits most women would pay good money for and they don’t even appreciate?! WHY?!?!?!?!? But I digress.) When it was just the two of us and no one could witness my insanity, I’d kiss him on the lips no less than 47 times and then I would whisper in his ear, “You, my handsome lover boy, are mama’s buttery little biscuit and I’d eat you with a spoon if only I had some jam.” Motherhood is weird and we’re all delightfully bat shit crazy but I am HERE for it.

    • Kylie says...

      Lol your last sentence is gold! Agreed.

  86. Erin says...

    The nanny who looked after my older son when he was tiny would say to him “I SQUISH YOU!” and then give him huge hugs. He was a giant fan of Nana-squishes.

  87. Sonja says...

    Yes! I relate very strongly to Alex’s desire to “squeeze them til they pop.” I. JUST. CAN’T. TAKE. HOW. MUCH. I. LOVE. THEM. UGH.

  88. Ali says...

    I do this all the time with my kids, to the point that my son gave me a hug the other day and said “you’re so cute I want to eat your ears off” 😂 He’s 4!

  89. jilly says...

    our daughter was born in China. while we were there to adopt her, my husband and I said to one another, “we better not say we want to eat her up.” we didn’t want to take any chances with her adoption!

  90. Erin says...

    When my son was a chubby babe, I had to buy a bag of large marshmallows to resist the urge to gobble up his yummy cheeks! He’s 6 now and I still swoon over his smooshy, smoochy face.

  91. Do you guys listen to the kid science podcast Wow in the World? They did a show about cute aggression… :)

  92. Olivia says...

    Most of Nigella Lawson’s adjectives for her food apply to my kids. She once called mini chorizos “plumpcious little darlings” which turned out to be perfect description for baby legs.

  93. Kimberly says...

    Both my grown kids had incredibly, deliciously chubby cheeks and rolls and rolls of soft fat on their arms and legs. I spent many hours just squeezing them.

    Fast-forward to a recent Target outing when I spotted the chubbiest cheeked red-headed baby. I blurted to the young parents, “What lovely cheeks your baby has! I’m going to die! May I pinch them?”

    They looked horrified but politely declined, and I cringe at the socially abnormal person I’ve become.

    • Christina says...

      Normal to love! That was sweet.

    • holly says...

      haha!! I love this. And at least you asked! ;-)

  94. Amanda says...

    Just this afternoon, I commented on my neighbour’s baby’s delicious thighs

  95. The overwhelming love I feel for my dogs manifests as ‘cute aggression’ every day. I just want to squeeze them SO hard to express my love and I often speak in a baby voice and say terrible things like ‘I love you so much I want to squeeze your neck until you can’t breathe!’ It’s seriously disturbing, even to me!

    On the other hand, my sweet dog when I give him lots of pets just like he likes it will nibble on his dog bed like he’s just so overcome with happiness that he has to chew on something!! I researched it and it’s a similar thing for dogs – they can nibble when they get really excited (or if they are scared, but I choose to believe it’s due to happiness in my case!).

    The way I feel about it is that the emotions are SO strong that they just have to come out of us and the flash of aggression we feel is the best way to release the energy quickly!
    Meesh

    • Meg says...

      My cat does this when I pat his haunches! He claws at the rug or will chew on a blanket or whatever material is nearby and also sometimes try to nibble me.

    • Sarah says...

      I think affection reminds pets of nursing from their mamas!! The paw kneading and nibbling… It’s so sweet and a little sad to look at it that way.

  96. Dee says...

    So interesting! A French girl in a cafe we go to regularly told my husband ‘your daughter is adorable, I could bite her’ we thought it was lost in translation – the English saying would be ‘I could eat her up’ – but maybe not???

  97. Megan says...

    I just use the classic “I’ll eat you up, I love you so.” (Also this is how I first told my now husband I loved him, which in retrospect, it kind of creepy). 😏

  98. Lesley S says...

    I have no idea if this is a southern or Appalachian saying or just my weird family, but my family will say “I’m going to squeeze the puddin’ out of you!” to an especially cute baby/toddler. My husband (not from the south) finds this (and many of my family’s sayings) totally bizarre. Ha! I say it to my kid and nephews and pup all the time. They’re all delicious!

  99. ND says...

    If you breastfeed, your child is literally eating you and so to want to eat them back seems to express the ultimate reciprocal connection. They take a part of you and assimilate it into themselves and thus you wish to do the same. It makes sense to me….I worked with a graduate student once in Creative Writing and he wrote a whole poem cycle about this.

  100. tali says...

    chubby freshies, especially edible with that breathy sour milky smell. i try to aggressively inhale it so there’s none left for my husband. being a mom is v weird.

    • Jacque says...

      In my family we call it “baby huffing.” 😂

    • Sonja says...

      YES! I was obsessed with how my son smelled when he was born. I thought I was losing it a little bit – the smell made me euphoric.

      Being a mom is v weird indeed. V.

    • Olivia says...

      Omg the milk breath smell! It’s not even an objectively good smell, I think – but I love it. I just love this on my daughter (7 weeks).

    • TSA says...

      I have found my people.

  101. Lauren says...

    That article made me think of the old Maurice Sendak story from a Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross:

    ‘Sendak told the story of a boy from whom he received “a charming card with a little drawing. I loved it.” In reply, he sent the child a postcard of appreciation and drew a Wild Thing on it[.] The boy’s mother then wrote back to say her son “Jim loved your card so much he ate it,” which Sendak considered “one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”‘

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, that is so so cute.

    • Meg says...

      This is hands down my favourite author/fan story! Whenever I see it come up in conversation or on blogs, I just cannot help but smile!

  102. Joy says...

    It requires all of my strength not to gnaw on my children.

  103. Jessica says...

    Just the other day, I was contemplating how much I wanted to nibble my three month olds toes. The urge was so strong, my sleep deprived brain next went down the rabbit hole of the story I would concoct to explain to social services what happened to my baby’s toes if I actually accidentally did this.

  104. Carrie says...

    I always tell my dog I want to squeeze him ’til his head pops off. And of course I’ve felt that irresistible urge to “eat” my niece and nephews. It’s just an overwhelming of love, really, and it needs to be expressed in some kind of way.

  105. f says...

    Egyem meg a szivedet! (Hungarian for “I’d like to eat your heart”) Mostly said by nagymamas/nagypapas to their grandkids in fits of cute agression. <3

    • Becky says...

      I just learned more from you than my Hungarian relatives 🤣

  106. Paige says...

    We love letting our two-year-old run around naked before his bath time and giving him light, little spanks on his bottom as he runs by :) He shrieks with laughter! I often think “I had no idea I’d be so obsessed with this little bottom.”

  107. Sam says...

    I have normalized my nibbling behavior by calling my boys cheeks “nectarine cheeks” – because they are plump and sweet and i just need a little taste throughout the day. They love it and have started to return the favor by nibbling on mine. I love it. :)

  108. Gabriella says...

    “I’m going to squeeze you until you squeak!” is the version of this in my family.

    • Sandra says...

      Omg I could also so see this as a line in The Godfather- haha!

  109. Annie says...

    I feel like there is a dissertation waiting to be written between this from a scientific perspective along with an analysis of the Pixar short film Bao. Also, I am not sure if this is true, but when my 1yo daughter was going through a biting stage, the caregiver at her Jewish daycare told us that in Hebrew, the words for bite and kiss are similar…this whole concept is so intriguing and interesting that it is represented linguistically based on other comments! Going to go down some rabbit holes now….

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, yes!

  110. Melissa says...

    I am CONSTANTLY describing to my partner how I’m going to eat our dog: chew on his jowls like bubble gum, deep fry his ears into chips, use his nose as an ice cream cone, the list goes on…

  111. Laura D. says...

    My husband and I do this with our two cats, especially our smushiest one. Just last night, I asked, “What should we have for dinner?” and my husband replied, “Let’s eat the cat.” It’s his thighs. What is it about thighs?!?!

    Just to be clear, we would NEVER actually eat cats. Sorry. This is just such a weird thing to type out!

  112. alice says...

    I completely get this. I had really chubby babies, with thighs like the one pictured. Chunky and biteable. It is so weird. What an interesting study.

    My 3 year old recently met his new baby cousin and as I held him and her, he lay his lips to kiss her head and then just kept them there, like that was the way to connect with her, a base physical instinct. It was magical.

  113. Louisa says...

    After my baby was born I told my husband “It’s not just a saying! I really DO want to eat her!” I was so shocked. It was all I could do not to nibble a toe. It was like spending all day next to a box of fresh doughnuts you’re not allowed to eat.

  114. Sara B says...

    I am cracking up at this headline. I knew exactly what it meant, but it sounds a little cannibalistic :) I feel like it’s an expression of how close we want to be to our kids. Like hey, you used to live in my belly and now that you don’t, I want to be as close to that time as possible. Or maybe it’s just those cute little baby rolls :)

  115. Carrie says...

    I often feel this way, a literal urge to take a bite out of their adorable flesh! I settle for giving my boys a million cheek kisses. My two-year-old must feel the same because lately he’s been coming up to me and just squeezing my cheeks together and grinning madly.

  116. Emma says...

    Haha! Just last night after we got the 2 1/2 year old and two month old down for bed I was freaking out to my husband about how I just want to squeeze them so hard that they literally become apart of my own body. It’s just such an overwhelming feeling to get to love a little one!

  117. MelTown says...

    I, like most moms am keenly aware of this phenomenon. I mostly stick to the regulars…I’m going to eat your face, and the like. The one weird outlier was with my son when he was a toddler. He had the most delicious legs. They were so fat and squishy and creamy that I was once overcome with the idea that they must taste like goat Brie. I managed to resist the temptation to take a bite, but it was so bizarre I’ll never forget it.

    Sadly those squishy legs are now lean and strong. Hairy man legs are just around the corner and I can barely stand it!

  118. Kate says...

    I recently came up with just the right word to describe my 18 month old (especially his thighs). . . luscious! Like a ripe peach :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes a peach! so juicy!!

  119. JTA says...

    There is actually a Cantonese word for this called “yok gun” (yok = skin; gun kind of translates to “tense squeezing”) and in Tagalog it is gigil. I grew up with people wanting to squeeze my cheeks all the time and saying how yok gun they felt. Now that I have my own kids, I do want to bite them all the time.

  120. Alyssa says...

    I often say “I’ll eat you up I love you so!” (as taken from Where the Wild Things Are) to my boys as I tackle them with smooches.

  121. Meg says...

    I’m going to squeeze my cat’s face off, every day, and then boil his bones for soup.

  122. Sarina says...

    I regularly tell my daughters “I want to eat your face”, “I’m going to squish you”, “you’re so cute I want to gobble you up”, “can I bite your cheeks?” and random and freakish things all along these lines. And in Bengali, the most commonly used term of endearment is “kolijar tukra” which means “piece of liver”! Hahah! Downright creeepy!

  123. Charlotte says...

    I wonder if its an extension of a nuzzling feeling? All mama animals seem to nuzzle their babies– we absorb so much sensory information right there on our faces, I feel like it’s an attempt to just soak up as much of those we love as possible. It almost seems like the English language doesn’t have enough words to describe that longing for complete and utter closeness so we fall back on eating as some sort of approximation. The squeezing thing I’m not quite so sure about, even though I totally know the feeling :)

  124. Erin says...

    My son’s name is Charles, Charlie for short, and we jokingly call him Chuck sometimes (though I don’t actually like the nickname ‘Chuck’ for Charles in seriousness). When he was a couple months old, ‘Chuck’ evolved into our little ‘Chuck Roast’ and it’s just so fitting because he was the squishiest, juiciest baby (and now the squishiest, juiciest toddler) and I constantly wanted to devour him. My husband and I will often ask each other “What should we have for dinner tonight?” and the answer is always “Maybe some delicious Chuck Roast?”. :)

  125. katie schwarz says...

    In the South we say, “I’m gonna eat you up with sugar!”. I got it constantly as a small child and I say it to all of my kids now. My husband is from Germany and he likes to take (mostly) pretend little nibbles of their delicious cheeks and ears. We call it ‘goating” because he has a beard. The children love it!
    Love makes everyone a weirdo.

    • Midge says...

      “Love makes everyone a weirdo.” 😍

  126. Ellie says...

    When my cousin and his wife had their first, the new mom said, “She’s so cute, I just want to throw her against the wall!” Of course not literally but this makes me laugh every time I think of it.

    I, like Alex, also have the urge to squeeze cute babies or puppies until they pop :)

    • Olivia says...

      Hahaha what the hell?? So random lol. Crazy postpartum hormonal me wouldn’t have let her hold the baby haha

    • Pritha says...

      I can’t stop laughing at this!

  127. Frances Eleanor says...

    Funny……I just this morning told my 3 year old granddaughter that I want to eat her up.

  128. Marlena says...

    I have gone through actual mourning when my babies’ feet stopped being edible. We all know the age… between 4 and 5… when a foot stops being a baby one and starts being a kid one. And a kid foot is not a thing to put near one’s mouth.

    My son (and last baby) is 5 now and he still has the chunky delicious baby feet but I know the day is coming very soon when those stinkies will be for REAL stinky and it makes me so sad! My husband laughs at me about this but it’s a real loss, that ability to “snack” on chunky baby parts. (Typing that felt really weird but I’m convinced the other comments in this section will be just as weird, if not more, so I’m feeling confident I won’t find CPS at my door today)

    • Lauren E. says...

      A good friend has a baby who’s about a year old and his feet smell SO BAD! I didn’t know baby feet could stink. Cracks me up.

    • You’re not alone – mama lions and tigers find cubby paws similarly irresistible. https://m.imgur.com/gallery/batZhh6
      As for losing those sweet baby feet- I wouldn’t worry too much about it yet, since ours were ok until about age eight! Habitually barefoot kids’ feet don’t usually smell, so I would guess you can extend the shelf life of your little’s toe beans by keeping them out of shoes along with frequent bubble baths at night. Then you can chase them around the house, flip them onto the bed and nom their piggies at your convenience! (We did until it actually became dangerous- those legs can kick!)

  129. Kate says...

    The urge to squeeze, sniff, and snack on both my girls’ thighs, bellies and cheeks was overwhelming when they were babies. Our sweet nanny and I would always talk about how delicious each of them were. This backfired only once, thankfully. My older daughter had apparently taken “delicious” literally and bit her infant sister to get a taste. It was simultaneously so sweet and heartbreaking — my older daughter was devastated she made her sister cry. I’ll always remember it.

  130. Sasha L says...

    I learned this nursery rhyme when my first daughter was a baby:
    Baby baby dumpling boiling in a pot, butter her, and sugar her, and EAT HER WHILE SHE’S HOT!
    I think it’s pretty old, which means humans have been wanting to eat babies up pretty much forever. My gosh we’re so weird.

  131. Clara says...

    I tell my nephew: “You are so cute. I’m going to eat you for dinner!” And he says, “No, you can’t.” He’s right. But still. I want to munch on his chubby cheeks. haha

  132. celeste says...

    I’ve never experienced this! I have nicknames for the children and that’s it.

  133. Roxana says...

    I always tell my kids that they’re “delicious and nutritious,” while I’m smothering/smooching/squeezing them. I also tell them, in passing, that I’m going to eat them or bite them or gobble them up. I often do this in an appropriately gravelly “monster voice.” Writing it out makes it seem pretty wacky, but when I’m saying it, it seems perfectly normal.

    That said, my daughter (who was gloriously chubby!) and I were once in our local Gap store and the lady who worked there (who’d I’d seen on multiple occasions) was like “She is soooo cute! OMG. I want to lick her!” That struck me as a little odd.

    Also, the picture of that baby at the top of the post it gorgeous. That baby’s thigh is definitely edible ;).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha SO cute :)

  134. Hope says...

    I tell my husband all the time that I want to eat our daughter’s (15 months) face off! Haha She is just soooo delicious. To anyone else is probably sound insane, but parents get it ;)

  135. Simone says...

    I tell my 4 year old that I want to eat the freckles on his nose because they look like sprinkles. He thinks it’s hilarious… “Mama, I’m not an ice cream cone!”

  136. Kate says...

    Hahaha! Yes, I have recently started noticing how the things I say would sounds so weird out of context and my husband regularly says that he is “going to squeeze me ’til I pop” when he is hugging me :):).
    I think that it is so interesting that there might be a biological reason that we feel this urge.

  137. Caitlin says...

    We call our 6 month old daughter “squish” because we just want to squeeeeze her little squishy body. I honestly just want to sniff and squeeze her all.day.long

  138. Molly says...

    I’m so glad to hear it’s not just me! I constantly want to nibble on my baby’s little arm.

  139. Komali says...

    I speak Telugu, a South Indian language, and we have a word for this exact feeling: kashi! :)

    • Alice says...

      I love that!!

    • Amanda says...

      This gives a whole new meaning to Kashi cereal – provided the name is derived from the same language! Haha

    • Komali says...

      Haha, the Kashi website say the name is a combination of a word meaning ‘kosher’ and the Japanese last name of the founder of American macrobiotics. There is no mention of Telugu or any Indian language anywhere, which is mildly disappointing since Kashi is also a holy place in India.

  140. Yes! I still get this feeling with my almost-six-year old… Am always squishing her lovely upper arms.

    I read once that there’s something to do with immunity in this. A breastfeeding mother who smothers her baby in munchy kisses picks up all the microbes from the baby’s skin. Then, in response, she creates antibodies and passes them back to the baby in breast milk.

    • Roxana says...

      Yes! I read that, too. Amazing, isn’t it

  141. talia says...

    I tell my granddaughter that I could eat her with a spoon so I don’t miss a drop! I just love her too much! :)

  142. Megan says...

    I regularly say to my two cats, “I’m gonna smoosh your little face!”

    They don’t seem to mind :)

    I also often make what I call *happy fists* when I see adorable baby animals online…especially otters!

  143. Whitney says...

    Oh my goodness, yes! I get such an urge to bite my little ones’ cheeks and give them squeezes—I just can’t get enough! And it makes me want a third baby even though I really don’t WANT another baby.

    • Dominique says...

      My kids love Wow in the World too – and I was going to post the link to this episode. Other ones my kids love are Brains On, Circle Round and Smash, Boom, Best.

    • Naomi says...

      We LOVE this episode! And all Wow in the World episodes.

    • robyn says...

      was just going to post this! We also now say “I have cute aggression!”

  144. All. The. Time. Especially since I just had a baby. She’s so chubby and adorable I want to bite her!

    Pretty weird, huh?

    • Laura says...

      My mom used to actually bite our cheeks (semi gently! Haha) as a sign of affection!