And why does it disappear as the baby gets older?
This is The smell of a newborn.. It does linger and I have actually smelled it after wiping from my child at birth... It is good for their skin and often takes a couple months for the smell to dissipate.. but it is a nice new smell of a New born.... It has the consistency of lanolin.....very protective coating...
My children were covered at birth as babies are... I also believe that it is also combined with birth canal odors as well as amniotic fluid etc.. My older boy had had his first stools inside (meconium)and he had a not so nice smell until he was wiped down then he smelled better and had that nice smell.
He had meconium in his lungs and struggled for the first few months with his breathing... but once wiped down was nice smelling the nurses rubbed him down with the Vernix caseosa..He smelled great then.. It has a distinct soft new baby smell that washes off after the first several baths..... Not the fist.. but after several weeks..it disappeared.
This white creamy substance, which protected your baby`s skin before birth, seems to be present in skin creases even after bathing. The vernix need not be removed forcefully. Gently rub it into the creases and folds of your baby`s body.