2 Week Old Baby: Checking Your Child’s Development

It’s been 2 weeks since your baby was born and it’s time for a check-up! In this blog post, we will discuss the different aspects of your child’s development that you will want to keep an eye on in these first few weeks. Every baby grows and develops at its own pace. So don’t worry if your child is not hitting every milestone at this point. However, it is still important to be aware of what to look out for. We will go over the growth and development of your 2-week-old baby and check your child’s activities to make sure that you are on track.

Physical Development

One of the most important things to keep an eye on with your 2-week-old baby is their physical development. At this point, they should be growing and developing at a steady pace. You will want to make sure that they are gaining weight appropriately and that their muscle tone is normal. If you have any concerns about your child’s physical development, be sure to speak with your pediatrician.

Measurement: Height and Weight

Your 2-week-old baby will grow about an inch this month–from 7 ½ inches long to nearly 8 ¾ inches. Your baby should also triple his weight, going from just under a pound to 2 pounds. Within a month’s time, your 2-week old baby’s legs may seem much too long for his body. It may look as though he has “ballerina” legs.

2-week-old baby: Increase in weight

He will also gain 2 ounces a week, on average. However, his weight gain isn’t as smooth as his length gain. 2-week-old babies are still growing at different rates. So your 2-week-old may not follow the 2 ½ ounces per week rule for growth that you read about elsewhere.

2-week-old baby: Head size

Your baby’s head circumference will jump from 13 ¼ inches at birth to around 15 ½ inches by this age. This seems like a big difference–-it’s an inch and a half! But you can clearly see that much of this change is simply due to swelling rather than actual brain growth

2 week old baby

Motor Skills

Your baby’s motor skills are just starting out, so don’t expect too much from them right now! They may be able to hold their head up for about 2 minutes without any help from another person. Although, most babies this age can’t do anything more than flail around.

It is also possible that your baby can sit with support on an adult’s lap in a high chair. However, this requires much more coordination than what we normally see at 2 weeks

Senses

Your baby is ready for a close-up! His eyes are much closer together now. They were about 1 ½ inches apart at birth but will grow closer together during this second month. Perhaps only 1 inch apart by the end of the month. Your 2-week-old will gain lots of new skills in this “settling in” period.

2 weeks old babies can give you a beautiful smile. 2-week-olds, especially girls, may smile when someone talks or sings to them. They often smile in their sleep and sometimes even while they cry!

Early-born babies can have slightly bluish hands and feet for a while. This is because of blood that may still be in the vessels. If your 2-week-old seems jaundiced or is not feeding well, talk with his doctor right away

Emotional and Social Development

Your 2-week-old baby should be starting to recognize familiar faces and voices. You may notice that they smile when you walk into the room or laugh out loud at something funny you do or say! It’s normal for babies to not yet have all these skills, so don’t worry if yours isn’t there yet either. Some children take longer than others to develop socially and emotionally (and this is true throughout their entire lives).

Be sure not to get discouraged by any setbacks in your child’s development. Every one of them will grow up just fine! When it comes time for school-age activities like sports teams or music lessons, try offering different options so your little genius can find something fun too!

2 Week Old Baby: Crying

You can expect your 2-week-old to cry more at 2 weeks than he did as a newborn. He’s been practicing crying from the moment he was born. However, now that he’s older, his cries may sound more like the moans of a sick person instead of the thin wails of a new baby. By 2 weeks, some babies make a displeased face when they cry. Some 2-week-olds cry more when they’re being held than when you put them down.

2 week old baby

Cognitive Development

Your 2-week-old baby’s cognitive skills are starting to develop rapidly. They may be able to follow objects with their eyes. Make sure to keep talking to them and reading them stories even though they probably won’t understand what you’re saying just yet. This is because it will help stimulate their brain growth! You can also start playing simple games like peek-a-boo or patty cake. This is to help engage them in the world around them. It is better to create a baby schedule to track your baby’s activities.

Language Development

Your 2-week-old baby’s language development will start off slowly but will continue to grow over time. You might notice that they are beginning to babble like a little birdie chirping away at its parents! This is normal for babies and should not worry you if your child isn’t doing this yet, either. Your baby may also smile when they hear someone say their name or see something familiar.

Sleeping Patterns

Your 2-week-old baby will probably sleep for about 15 hours per day. They may wake up crying once or twice during the night. This is because they’re hungry or simply need to be changed (this happens often when babies are 2 months old). You should expect them to have between 12-16 naps each day. This means there isn’t much time left over for playing and getting some exercise!

If your child starts sleeping through the night without waking up every hour, then it might be time to start thinking about weaning off formula or breastmilk altogether, as their body is able to handle solid food now without any issues.

Final Thoughts

Again, every child develops at their own pace. So don’t worry if your 2-week-old baby isn’t doing everything on this list! Just make sure that you’re providing a loving home environment where they feel safe and secure, and everything else will follow suit in its own due time. Congratulations on your new addition to the family and enjoy this special time together!

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