Babies are born covered in a slimy , milky protective substance called vernix . This substance is made up of skin oil and dead skin that your baby sheds in the womb . It acts as a protective waterproof barrier that keeps your baby from becoming dehydrated . Vernix develops around week 27 of pregnancy and is there until birth . Preterm babies tend to have more vernix on them then full term babies. As your due date nears the amount of vernix decreases.
Vernix has tons of great healing properties such as:
Helps to regulate baby’s body temperature
Skin cleaner and wound healer.
Carries tons of anti bacterial properties and antioxidants .
This magical substance needs time to be fully absorbed into the skin . Don’t wipe it off your baby ( ask hospital or birthing staff to leave it on) and wait at least 24 hours after birth before giving your baby a bath.