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Well Child Care at 2 Weeks


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 often wake up at night to feed. This is normal. Cereal or baby food is not needed yet. Babies can become overweight or 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.

You show love to your baby if you hold your baby during feeding. This is a good time to talk and play. It is best to hold the bottle and not prop it up.

Mixing formula: If you use concentrated liquid formula, always mix one can of formula with one can of tap water. Keep the mixture in the refrigerator. If you get powdered formula, always mix two ounces of water per one scoop of formula.


Babies are learning to use their eyes and ears. Smiling faces and gentle, pleasant voices are interesting for babies at this age.

Many mothers find that the baby brings a lot of new work. Help from fathers, friends, or relatives is often very important at this time.

For more information see: Normal Development: 2 Weeks


Babies usually sleep 16 or more hours a day. Healthy babies should be placed in bed on their backs. This is new advice; some older parents may not know about this change in recommended care. The recommendation is based on information that shows this sleeping position 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 six times each day.

Safety Tips

An approved car seat is the safest way for babies to travel in cars. In fact, infant car seats are required by law. Infant car seats should be placed in a back seat with the infant facing backwards. Never leave your baby alone. Also never leave your baby alone 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.

Call Your Child's Physician If:

  • Your baby develops a fever.
  • Your child is very irritable and you cannot calm him.

Next Visit

Your baby's next appointment should be at the age of 2 months. At this time your child will get a set of immunizations. Be sure to bring a shot card from the hospital if you have one.

Written by Robert Brayden, M.D.
Copyright 1999 Clinical Reference Systems