Northwest Spokane Pediatrics
What should I expect from my 2-week-old?
- Movements gradually become smoother and more controlled.
- Lifts chin for a few seconds when lying on tummy.
- Cannot support head without assistance.
- Grasps whatever is placed in hand.
Babies are learning to use their eyes and ears. Smiling faces and gentle, pleasant voices are interesting for babies at this age.
- Cries for hunger, discomfort, excitement. (Distinguishing the difference is difficult and a learned experience.
- Cries when left alone; usually stops when picked up.
- Makes variety of gurgling and cooing sounds when happy and content.
- Makes eye contact.
- May quiet down in response to human face.
- Responds positively to being held and comforted.
- May smile socially at familiar faces and voices, especially mother's voice.
- Baby may have lost some weight from birth but is gaining it back
- Baby may appear yellow (baby needs to be seen in office if appears yellow)
Your baby is growing! At this age, a baby only needs breast milk or infant formula. Most babies take 2 to 3 ounces of formula every 2 to 3 hours now. Breast-fed babies should usually feed about 10 minutes at each breast during each feeding. Breast-fed babies may want to nurse as often as every 2 hours. Babies usually wake up at night to feed. This is normal. Cereal or baby food is not needed yet. Babies can have food allergies if solids are started too early. If your baby wants to feed more often, try a pacifier. Your baby may need to suck but not feed.
It is important to hold your baby during feeding. This is a good time to talk and play. Hold the bottle and do not prop it up.
Mixing formula: If you use concentrated liquid formula, always mix 1 can of formula with 1 can of tap water. Keep the mixture in the refrigerator. If you get powdered formula, mix 2 ounces of water per 1 scoop of formula generally but refer to the instructions on the container.
Babies usually sleep 16 or more hours a day. Healthy babies should be placed in bed on their backs. Sleeping on the back reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Bowel and Bladder
Most babies will strain to pass bowel movements. As long as the bowel movement is soft, there is no need to worry. Ask your doctor about bowel movements that are hard (constipation). Babies usually wet the diaper at least 6 times each day.
Car seats are the safest way for babies to travel in cars and are required by law. Infant car seats should be placed in a back seat with the infant facing backwards. Never leave your baby alone in a car or unsupervised with young brothers, sisters, or pets.
If you use a crib for your baby, be sure to pick a safe location. It should not be too near a heater. Make sure the sides are always completely up. Crib slats more than 2 and 3/8 inches apart can lead to injury.
Mesh netting of playpens should always be in the upright position.
- Your baby develops a fever.
- Your child is very irritable and you cannot calm him.