12 things you may not know about Babies
Let's Go "Skin"ny Dippin'...
Before babies are born they are suspended in a warm & lovely pool of amniotic fluid. During pregnancy your baby's skin is protected from this watery world by a coating of a white waxy material called vernix. After baby is born & their skin is exposed to the air and the vernix is rubbed away, the upper layer of their skin dries out and begins to peel. A baby's entire body may peel (but it's most noticeable on the hands and feet). it is important that you don't try to pick off the flakes -- by doing so you may end up removing skin that's not ready to be shed. Baby lotions do not stop this shedding and are not necessary. This "skin shedding" usually lasts one to two weeks.