After your baby is born, she will be covered with a white kinda cheesy looking substance called vernix caseosa. This protects the baby’s skin in utero from being in constant contact with amniotic fluid.
In typical hospital births, the vernix is immediately wiped off of the baby. This is standard. However, you can choose to leave it on and then massage it into your baby.
Vernix works is not only a great moisturizer,it’s also an effective cleanser, anti-infective agent, anti-oxidant and a wound healer.
If you plan on having a hospital birth, be sure to talk to your HCP to let them know that you do not want them to wash the vernix away-in fact, you might even want to let them know you don’t want them to give her a bath at all! You are well within your rights to bathe your own baby at your own pace. Not only is a baby massage a great bonding experience, you will be stimulating their skin, muscles and circulation.