Two weeks old

2 Weeks Info

Newborn

Many new parents are nervous about bringing home a new little person without professional help to guide them.  Parenting comes naturally to some, but for others it is a learning process.  Before leaving the hospital, arm yourself with as much information as possible.  Trying to commit everything to memory at this emotional time is not a good idea, so jot down the information in a notebook.  Ask questions!  Nothing is too banal or too outrageous.  The nurses and doctors are there to give you the information you need to be a successful parent to your newborn.
If breastfeeding is a struggle, be sure to have an appointment with a lactation specialist before you leave the hospital.  Also, schedule follow up appointments to make sure your baby is getting enough milk.

Feeding your baby is a big concern.  How much?  How often?   Most babies will feed 6-8 times every 24 hours.  Breastfed babies will feed for approximately 20 minutes per side.  Bottle fed babies will drink 2-4 ounces up to one month of age, 4-6 ounces for babies one to two months of age.  Even if you are successfully breastfeeding your baby, it's a good idea to offer a bottle of pumped breast milk to your baby at some feedings.  This way your little one will accept a bottle when Dad or a babysitter is in charge.

The first four to six months of life, breast milk and/or formula is all your baby needs for a healthy diet.  Solid foods or homogenized milk introduced too early can cause food allergies, obesity, and anemia.  Consult your pediatrician before you start your baby on cereal or other solid foods.

Your baby's stool will be fairly loose and usually a yellowish color.  Formula fed babies have a firmer, paste-like stool.  Although babies eat like clockwork, they may not have a dirty diaper for several days.  This is normal.  Babies also grunt and turn red from straining, but this doesn't necessarily mean the baby is constipated.  Hard, pellet-like stools indicate constipation and may warrant a call to your doctor.

Sleep. (Your baby's, not yours.)
The good news is your baby will sleep a lot; 18 to 20 hours each day, but will wake up every 2 to 4 hours for a feeding.  The best advice is to try and sleep or rest when your baby is sleeping.  Eventually, your baby will stay awake for longer of periods of time and nap times will become more scheduled.  It is strongly recommended that babies be put to sleep on their backs for the first six months of life to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

At this age, it's impossible to "spoil" your baby.  So, don't worry about a rigid schedule of feeding, bathing, and sleeping.  If your baby is fussy; hold, sing and gently pat your baby.  Swaddling is also a good way to make a baby feel warm and secure.  If you are feeling exhausted and frustrated, ask for help, take a "time-out", or call your doctor if you feel your baby may be in danger.  It is never okay to shake your baby.  This can cause severe trauma, brain damage, and death.

Call your doctor if your baby develops a fever above 101 F (38.3 C), refuses to eat, has severe diarrhea, repeatedly vomits (not just spits up) or seems unusually lethargic.

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