At the age of 2 weeks, a baby needs only breast milk or infant formula. Babies can get enough milk by feeding every 2 to 3 hours, including during the night. If your baby wants to feed more often, try a pacifier. Your baby may need to suck but not feed.
Breast-fed babies should usually feed about 10 minutes at each breast during each feeding. If you use formula, your baby will take 2 to 3 ounces of formula every 2 to 3 hours. Carefully follow the instructions for mixing the formula. Check it to make sure that it is warm, but not hot. Keep formula you don’t use right away in the refrigerator.
It’s important to hold your baby during feeding. Don’t prop a bottle. This is a good time to talk to your baby.
Babies at this age are learning to use their eyes and ears. They start to respond to smiling faces and gentle, pleasant voices.
Babies usually sleep 16 or more hours a day, but they won’t start to sleep all night until 3 to 5 months of age.
Most babies will strain to pass bowel movements. As long as the bowel movement is soft, there is no need to worry if your baby just has bowel movements every few days. If your baby has bowel movements that are hard or difficult to pass, ask your child’s healthcare provider about it.
Babies usually wet the diaper at least 6 times each day.
Having a new baby is a major life change. Help from friends and relatives can be very important at this time. A few mothers get the blues or feel depressed after a baby is born. Be sure to tell someone if you are feeling this way. Ask your baby’s healthcare provider for help. If you find yourself getting annoyed or angry with your baby, or if your baby is crying too much and you cannot cope with it, call a friend or relative for help. NEVER shake a baby.
Choking and Suffocation
Fires and Burns
Immunizations protect your child against several serious, life-threatening diseases. Shortly after birth, your child will get a hepatitis B shot. Ask your healthcare provider what symptoms or problems you should watch for after your child gets the shot and what to do if your child has them. The next vaccines are recommended at 2 months of age.
Bring your child's shot record to all visits with your child’s healthcare provider.
Your baby's next routine visit may be at 1 month or 2 months of age.