Newborn 2 weeks are crucial for the baby as well as the new mother. Do new parents have many questions in their minds such as how much should a two week old eat? How many oz should a 2 week old eat? You can see many growth spurt 2 weeks old baby, there will be a lot of demands from the little one, feeding to baby care. You will feel confused until you understand the baby and the patterns of eating and sleeping.
Spend your time understanding your baby. A 2-week-old baby will regain the initial weight that was lost after birth. Still, sleep patterns are irregular and you need to feed after every two hours.
Here we will look at what experts say about a 2-week-old’s development, feeding, sleeping pattern, and more about baby care and safety during this stage.
At 2-weeks, you might think your baby will not do anything other than eat, sleep, and poop. But it is not the fact. It is the time when you can see a lot of growth spurt, the expert says. It may be surprising, and you may feel difficulty in feeding as their frequency of eating will increase. What are the things the baby can do?
- Two-week-old babies may expect to sleep for about 16 to 20 hours a day and wake up every two to four hours to eat
- can raise his hands
- Focus and start to make eye contact
- Hear the sound and respond to your voice
- The baby starts to use his brain
- The true color of the eyes is unknown until the baby reach between 6 and 9 months
2-Week-Old Baby Milestones
- At this age, your baby’s eyesight may not be fully developed, but your baby starts to see the human face and recognize them.
- They may interact with you a little more and be able to track your face.
- They can lift their head during tummy time.
- Any scrapes or bruising may disappear.
- You can start tummy time at this age. It helps in strengthening the muscle.
- The frequency of eating will be more at this age. For proper growth and development, a mother’s feeding is the best for the baby until the baby reaches 4 – 6 months.
- Six to eight feedings per day are common for formula-fed 2-week babies. Mother’s feed can give up to 8 to 12 times a day.
- The Academy of American Paediatrics (AAP) recommends practicing “responsive feeding” at this age. You can recognize the hunger cues at this age. A baby may be putting their fingers in their mouth, moving their head from side to side, or showing the suckling motion in their mouth.
- It is the best age for cluster feeding as it is time for growth spurts. It helps the baby grow and stay healthy.
2-Week-Old Baby Sleep
Sleeping up to 20 hours at this age is normal. Not all babies have the same sleeping pattern; some babies will sleep longer at night. If you have a question, like whether we can wake up a baby in the middle of sleep to feed them. Expert says you can wake your baby and feed them only if their weight is below the birth weight.
Make sure your baby is not hungry or uncomfortable while you make your baby fall asleep during the night. You should put your baby down when he is drowsy; it will help in learning to fall asleep on their own. This will help them avoid sleeping disorders as getting older.
It is normal to have two to three hours of crying per day in infants. The crying habit gets peaks in the sixth week and then resolves by three to four months of age.
Health And Safety
You may have a lot of questions about your baby’s health and safety. Parents can get your answers from the pediatrician between the visits. You may start your first visit within a few days after your baby was born.
The vaccine Hepatitis B helps protect your baby from various viruses and infections at this age. Unnecessarily don’t expose your baby to common viruses that could infect them.
Be careful, there may any hazardous events can occur and it may be vulnerable to your baby. Always keep your hand on the baby while changing the diaper.
Vaccinate your baby against whooping cough, the flu, and other circulating viruses.
2-Week-Old Baby Care
At two weeks of age, baby for the first bath. Their umbilical cord stump falls off. Use a sponge; don’t hesitate to put your baby into the water. At this age, your baby will technically be ready for a bath and enjoy it.
Umbilical Cord Care
At 2-weeks of age, the umbilical cord will dry and fall off. If you are wetting it, it will fall off on time. If not, consult your doctor.
At this age, your baby may pass more stools which are normal. You may need to change a lot of diapers, from 6 to 8 per day.
Two weeks of age is a challenging time in baby development. The baby may undergo growth spurts and demand more feeding, sleeping, and care. You should be ready to face any challenge. If you find any abnormal changes or unchanged, please visit your pediatricians and treat them as soon as possible.
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