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Two- to Eight-Weeks

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Updated March 31, 2007

At two weeks, your baby will still spend most of her time either sleeping or eating, but she will be awake and alert for longer periods of time, which is fun.
A two-week-old newborn baby.

A two-week-old newborn baby.

Photo (c) Karen Squires
By two weeks, most breastfeeding babies will eat every 1 1/2 to 3 hours and bottle feeding babies will take 2 to 3 ounces every 2 to 4 hours. By 4 to 8 weeks, your baby will likely be on a more predictable schedule.

At this age, it is usually best to simply feed your baby "on-demand" by following your baby's cues. Remember that not all cries are "hunger-cries" though and you may have to set some limits, for example, not allowing her to feed every hour around the clock.

What You Need To Know Your Two-Week-Old Baby

  • In the first few weeks, wake your baby for a feeding if she is sleeping for more than four to five hours. Later, if she is gaining weight well, you can usually let her sleep as long as she likes. Your baby will probably not begin to sleep through the night until she is three to four months old though.
  • Your baby will probably have regained most or all of the weight that she lost in her first week.
  • Since the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with new recommendations and stated that using a pacifier might be protective against SIDS, more parents are using them. Keep in mind that the AAP still recommends that you wait until your baby is at least a month old, only offer the pacifier at sleep times, and don't reinsert it once your baby falls asleep.
  • Your baby will likely have a checkup with her pediatrician when she is two weeks old. At the two-week checkup, you can expect your doctor to check the weight, height and head circumference of your baby and review her growth and development. She will probably have a repeat of her newborn screen test and may have her first Hepatitis B vaccine (unless it was already given in the nursery).
  • Common Two-Week-Old Baby Problems

Two-Week-Old Baby Topics

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