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2 Weeks of Age

Safety:

  • Place your baby on his or her back to sleep.
  • Newborns should sleep in a bassinet/approved co-sleeper next to parent’s bed. There should be no pillows, bumpers, blankets or toys in the bassinet or co-sleeper. Please refer to Yale Sleep Safety handout for images. Please do not place newborn in the bed with you at night.
  • Limit exposure to large crowds during the first 8 weeks of life. Practice good hand washing techniques prior to handling infant. Limit your baby’s exposure to people with active illnesses.
  • Make sure to have a digital thermometer that can be used for axillary or rectal temperatures. A fever for infants younger than 8 weeks is a temperature of 100.4 or greater taken rectally. An infant with this temperature must be seen in the Yale Children’s Emergency Department for evaluation.
  • Have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on all floors of your home.

Development:

  • By 10 to 14 days of age, newborns are back to their birth weight.
  • It is normal for newborns to randomly hiccup, sneeze, and startle. They also exhibit Newborn Periodic breathing. This consists of short periods where they breathe rapidly for few seconds, pause for less than 20 seconds, then restart breathing. We expect to see this for the first 2 months of life.
  • Start observed tummy time while the baby is awake every day. This prevents the flattening of the back of the head. Vary the direction the head is facing, left or right, at each tummy time event.
  • It is common to sound congested at this age. It is a normal sound and does not require any additional management. If your baby is coughing or you think the baby has a cold, make an appointment for the baby to be seen.

Diet:

  • Breastfeed on demand somewhere from 8 to 12 times a day. Feed until your baby is content.
  • Mother should be taking her pre-natal vitamins.
  • Vitamin D 400 I.U daily is recommended to be given for exclusively breastfed infants and is available over the counter as a liquid vitamin. If unable to find, then consider Tri-vi-sol or Poly-vi-sol.
  • If you need further assistance, please contact our Lactation Consultant.
  • Formula fed infants: 1 to 3 ounces every 1 to 3 hours on average. Sometimes they will feed more often and sometimes more than 3 ounces. As your baby grows, the formula intake will increase too.
  • Use nursery water or previously boiled water to prepare powder formula. Follow the instructions closely in preparation.

Other Helpful Notes:

  • All adults that will have close contact with your infant should have the Tdap vaccine in order to prevent pertussis exposure.
  • If it is winter, household members, including all adults and children, should have their flu vaccine for the season.