You may have been expecting a smooth, plump and glowing little angel to emerge from your womb... but then out comes little Mr. Wrinkly — complete with a reddish/purple hue — and what’s with the white stuff he’s covered in?
Well, the sticky white ‘stuff’ that covers your newborn is called vernix. It protects your baby’s delicate skin from the amniotic fluid in the womb.
If your baby is born prematurely, you may also notice fine hair all over his or her body. This is called lanugo.
If you deliver farther along into the pregnancy, you will notice less lanugo and vernix.
Meanwhile, the ‘hint of red’ comes from the blood vessels just under your baby’s skin. When a baby is born, his skin is quite transparent and delicate, therefore it will take on this colour.
After a day or two, your baby will become more ‘pinkish’... and within months of birth he will get his permanent colour.