15 awe-inspiring photos of babies covered in vernix

newborn baby covered in vernix
Photo credit: Kim Schneider Photo Doula

Sometimes babies are born with a white waxy substance called vernix on their skin, which is like frosting on a birthday cake. It’s a protective coating that forms a barrier between your baby and their waters. It’s what keeps their skin soft and healthy while they swim around inside you. It also plays a part during and after birth, acting as lubrication as they pass through the birth canal, helping to regulate their body temperature and acting as a natural moisturizer. Isn’t that amazing?

There is no “normal” when it comes to vernix. Some babies are born completely covered with it and others have none at all. All vernix is normal and healthy. To celebrate this incredible newborn goodness, we’ve collected some of the most awe-inspiring photos of newly born babies covered in vernix.

newborn covered in vernix

This little babe had a full head of dark hair and a body covered in birthday frosting! | Zoe Wheatley Birth + Lifestyle, Western Australia

baby bottom covered in vernix

Is there anything cuter than a baby tush covered with vernix? We think not! | Kim Schneider Photographer & Doula, North Carolina

vernix-covered baby

Born in the water, this cutie had vernix to keep their skin healthy and moisturized as they made their way earthside. | Tampa Bay Birth Photographer, Florida

baby with vernix

Silence filled the room as this beautiful angel entered it. Transitioning from a world of warmth in her mother’s womb to the warmth of her mother’s arms, and a room full of those who love her. A beautiful and peaceful entrance for this little lady. | Sierra Rose Birth, California

newborn feet intertwined with umbilical cord

A one-in-a-million capture of a freshly born baby, feet intertwined with its umbilical cord still attached. Covered head to toe in lush vernix, this newborn offers an absolutely spectacular picture of it! | Antonucci Fotografia,Brazil

vernix-covered newborn

Latching right away, seeking mom’s milk as the ultimate comfort after such a huge transition, this babe was still attached to their placenta as they nursed for the first time. The thick vernix covering their body offers some insulation as they adapt to the outside world.  | When a Belly Blooms, Oregon

closeup of vernix-covered baby

The vernix! The little fingers! The details! This photo of a fresh new baby, eyes wide open and taking the world in, is simply jaw-dropping. | Nathalie Pauli Fotografia, Brazil

freshly born baby covered in vernix

Look at that full cord and all that vernix! Just seconds after this little guy was born, he's covered in the vernix goodness as he slowly pinks up after a brief incident of shoulder dystocia. | Feeling Home Again, Pennsylvania

homebirthed twins covered in vernix

 

A powerful and inspiring twin homebirth shows just how much vernix varies from baby to baby, even in the same pregnancy. One twin is covered in the thick frosting and the other only has little bits. Both are normal, and both are healthy! | Natalie Olsen Photography, Texas

baby heavily coated in vernix

 

One of the most vernix-coated babies we’ve ever seen! You can see that mama’s chest is covered from when she held him to her skin. His dad saved some to use as lotion later. And you can even see vernix sprinkles floating in the water like birthday cake! |  Wild Oak Birth, Utah

newborn baby toes and cord

All three of our favorite birth things in one shot – a plump umbilical cord, baby toes, and tons of vernix! | The Birthkeeper Photography & Film, Missouri

newborn baby with vernix

We just adore everything about this photo! The cheeks, the "cheese," the cord, and the momma carefully taking in every part of the new baby. |  Amber May Birth Photography, Western Australia

woman on knees holding newborn

That moment when the pain subsides and you hear your baby’s cries. You finally have your baby in your arms, and you get to lay your eyes on them and take in all the details, including the amazing vernix. There’s no experience in the world quite like this moment. | Molly Elizabeth Grace Photography, Texas

vernixy newborn on mother

A journey that started 365 days prior with a heartbreaking ectopic pregnancy came full circle with the beautiful birth of this rainbow baby. The same midwife that assisted with the ectopic caught this miracle one year later. And they arrived covered in birthday frosting to mark the joyous occasion! |  Lindsey Eden Photography, Colorado

newborn baby in towel on mom

All eyes for momma – this babe, covered in vernix, was content to lie in their mother’s arms so they could get to know each other all over again. | Birth Beloved by Brandy, Texas

Kelly Bailey is a busy Momma to three under-3 girls, including a set of twins.
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