From the October 2015 issue

Newborn Skincare: Why You Shouldn't Wash Baby Right Away

The afterbirth goop on your baby might be gross, but some mothers have been requesting to delay their babies’ first bath for hours – even days – to profit as much as possible from the vernix caseosa. That’s the white creamy wax coating that covers baby after birth. By holding off, certified nurse practitioners like Rena Leone of Henry Ford Health System Detroit have found this natural moisturizer protects baby’s skin.
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