At 2 weeks, the newborn is still in the stage of getting used to the new living environment. Most of the time he spends sleeping and eating, and his only mode of communication is crying, but that does not mean that he does not understand the modulations of his voice and touch. You will notice that your calm voice calms him, and when you take him in his arms you have the best influence on him.
You will probably begin to notice his joyful reaction when he hears your voice or finds your face.
Two weeks after arriving in the world, the newborn still feels strongly the lack of intrauterine protection in the mother's womb. Sugar strives to adapt to various sounds, to the blurry landscape that its eyes can perceive and to all the new sensations in the external environment.
The only way he can communicate with mommy is crying, and you can answer them by voice and touch.
The newborn at 2 weeks longs for affectionate manifestations, which helps him develop a sense of confidence, necessary to develop the attachment towards you. The baby loves to be held in the arms, handled, kissed, massaged and walked around the house.
He is glad when he hears your voice (which he already distinguishes perfectly) and recognizes your face, being excited when he distinguishes it in the distance.
The stage of development of the newborn at 2 weeks
You will certainly notice that your baby is growing fast, even if he still has posture in the womb (with his hands and feet clasped around his body). The feet will remain squatting for a while. They will be progressing gradually in the coming weeks.
In the second week of life the baby can see objects that are at a distance of 20 to 36 centimeters - about the distance between his eyes and yours during feeding. In fact, at this age babies prefer girls instead of other objects. Looking at him as you feed him, you will encourage him to practice focusing. So slowly move your head from side to side and see if his eyes are following you. This helps to strengthen the muscles of the eye and the tracking skills.
The most important development stage of the newborn newborn at 2 weeks is the evolution of hearing, in full ascension. You will notice that he begins to direct his gaze to the sounds he hears, so it would not be bad to train his auditory function a little by waving a bell around him. The clapping will make your baby turn his little head in one hand, a sign that he has heard the auditory stimulus.
You may have noticed that although loud noises, such as the sound of the phone or a dog barking, can make him startle, the baby does not wake up.
The most important reflex of the newborn in this period is the sucking reflex, which you can see when you touch his mouth, and he begins to perform involuntary sucking movements.
Once it has started to gain weight again, after losing the first week, you can expect to gain around 25 g per day, but it is not predictable and linear. There can be moments and moments. That is why mothers are advised not to weigh their babies more often than once a month for the first six months.
You will probably be surprised to find that your little one's nails already need to be cut, which can give you some emotions because they are very small. It is best to do this when the child is asleep.
Because your newborn spends most of his time on his back, it is important to begin to sit on his tummy from time to time, when he is awake. The time spent on the belly is important because it will help strengthen the muscles of the back and neck, but it also combats the risk of the appearance of baldness, favored by the long-standing state on the back.
In fact, some experts have found that babies who do not spend time face-to-face have delays in developing motor skills.
If your baby does not like to spend time on his belly, do not worry. It is common for babies to shake a little during periods of state on the belly. It is a new position, it may not be strong enough to hold its head up and it may feel abandoned if it cannot see anyone. That's why he watches the newborn when he is on his tummy, feeds him on his back and does not let him stay more than 2-3 minutes at a time. Stay close to him and make sure he can see, hear or feel you.
In the second week you will also receive a visit from your pediatrician, who will check the weight, height and circumference of the staple, to determine if the baby is growing normally.
Baby feeding for 2 weeks
Feed your child on request. His small tummy may not hold much food, but it is growing. Many newborns want to eat often (usually an hour and a half - two to three hours) and take some time to do so. A baby can breastfeed for 30 to 45 minutes to eat and then wants to feed again after only a 30-minute nap. These frequent feedings will help increase lactation. Other children will be happy to eat and then draw a long, 2-3 hour long baby, after which they must be awakened to be fed again. This is also normal. As long as your child has 10 to 12 feeds in a 24-hour period and plenty of wet and dirty diapers, you're on the right track. If you have any questions or feel that things are not as they should be, consult your pediatrician or breastfeeding consultant.
Remember that not all the times when your baby cries have a source of hunger. Most likely, the newborn is crying now because he needs your closeness, so he feels protected from the many unknowns around him.
In the first month, the connection between you resembles that of the pregnancy, when your baby was a part of you!
In the second week of life, your baby will probably sleep up to 18 hours a day, yet in a slightly random way. It will be very difficult to stay awake for more than two hours at a time.
These long periods of rest are crucial for the newborn in his or her brain and visual development.
When not sleeping, the newborn cries to be nourished, changed and held in his arms. He also likes to look at new faces, which fascinates him and helps him to adapt more easily to extrauterine life.
If your baby cries for no reason for a longer period of time (over an hour or so), it does not appear to be hungry or sleepy, the diaper is clean and all good and in their place, if there is no medical condition that it could cause suffering, most likely colic.
Fortunately, the period of colic does not last forever. 60% of the children will pass the worst phase until the age of 3 months, and 90% of them will feel better starting at the age of 4 months. But there are babies in which the situation persists for up to 6 months.
The symptoms of colic are easily recognizable, as the baby tends to stretch its back and legs, reddening at the face, from the acute need to release gas. The cry caused by colic can occur at any time of the day, but it tends to worsen between 6 pm and midnight.
It is possible that this week your baby's umbilical cord will detach. Until recently, doctors recommended that newborns be washed with sponge until the umbilical cord falls. This rule is no longer valid and you can bathe your baby in the tub from the beginning. The water will not infect the womb and will not delay its healing. So much so that you will have to dry the area very well. To clean the area, you can use a sterile compress soaked in betadine, and then apply a fine layer of Baneocin powder.
You don't have to bathe your child every day. A general bath is sufficient two or three times a week, when the face is clean and the baby's genitals are clean.
Calming the newborn
Another major challenge for any new mom, already exhausted after birth, is to effectively calm the newborn just 2 weeks after his arrival in the world. The baby may become irritable and crying towards the end of the day, a natural behavior at this age.
Think of how overwhelming it is for him to receive so many stimuli from the environment, from the auditory to the visual. By the way, you can notice that the heart begins to beat harder and that the sucking rhythm changes when you hear a loud noise. As soon as you notice his agitation, withdraw with him in a quiet corner and swing, handle, massage and sing or speak in a gentle tone.
Even if you feel that you are giving up psychically and physically during this difficult time, remember that all moms go through a major inner turmoil, in front of the crying newborn who cannot say what upsets him. You are not a bad mother if your baby cries in your arms and you do not know how to reassure him, because now is the time when you learn to decipher his behavior and satisfy his needs.
The appearance of a child is a big change in your life. You may expect to feel happy and proud of the new member of your family, but many mothers feel overwhelmed and overwhelmed.
It is normal to feel this way for a short period of time. After birth, the level of hormones decreases, which influences your mood. The newborn is likely to wake up frequently to eat so you don't get enough sleep. And only that can make you sick.
You may worry about baby care, and this may make you feel a stressful state that you have not experienced before.
But to know that you are not alone. Up to 80% of new mothers experience the stage called "baby blues" - a mild form of depression, which is manifested by agitation, sleep problems, irritability and ... tears.
However, if this condition lasts for more than 2-3 weeks, you may already be in the postpartum depression phase.
The uniqueness of the newborn at 2 weeks
These general coordinates are not the letter of the law, because each newborn is unique and has its own rhythm of development and accommodation. For example, if the baby was born prematurely, he or she may need more time to align with the standard growth parameters. When you are worried that your baby may have a problem, the only relevant source of information is the pediatrician!
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