My Baby – Week 2

Hello, new moms and dads! You've made it through your hospital stay and the trip home, possibly through your first pediatrician visit. Hopefully, you are beginning to feel like you are getting into a groove with this baby thing. It may seem that all that means is feeding, changing diapers, napping, and repeating – all day, and all night. At this point, your little one doesn't have the energy for much more. Her body is adjusting to the sudden changes in the world around her. She went from being squished in a nice, warm, gently rocking space, where food was a 24-hour, all-you-can-eat buffet, and all of her needs were constantly met.

If you have a baby with colic, or your baby seems to be crying more than expected, be sure to mention it at your baby’s first check-up. Some babies may need to switch formulas or may be sensitive to a food you are eating if you are breastfeeding. Babies, like adults, have different needs, to be sure to talk to your baby’s pediatrician if you are concerned.

Your baby's second week at home should be similar to his first week. You guessed it, lots of sleep. You may have even noticed that while loud noises, like the phone ringing or a dog barking, may startle him, he does not wake up. His eyesight is still fuzzy because babies are born nearsighted, and can only see things about 8 to 15 inches away. So stay close!

How is tummy time going? Have you heard of tummy time? Because your newborn is no doubt spending most of her time on her back, it's important to start incorporating some tummy time into her day, when she is awake. Tummy time is important because it will help strengthen her back and neck. In fact, some experts have found that babies who don't spend time face down have delays in the development of motor skills.

If your baby doesn't like spending time on his stomach, don't worry. It's common for babies to fuss a bit during tummy time. It's a new position, he may not be strong enough to hold his head up, and he may feel abandoned if he can't see anyone. Try these tips to make tummy time more enjoyable:

  • Keep him company. Get down there with them and make sure your baby can see, hear, or feel you.
  • Provide some entertainment – prop up a picture book or a toy within the field of vision.
  • Have siblings nearby. This is a great reinforcement for older siblings too. They can be the official tummy time monitor. Not only does this give them what may be their first official task as a new sibling, it may make your new little one more comfortable.
  • Feed on demand. Her tiny tummy can't hold much, but she is still growing and gaining quickly. She many want to eat often and it may take her quite a while to do so. A breastfed baby might take 30 – 45 minutes to eat, and then want to feed again after only a 30 minute nap. These frequent feeds will help you to build your supply, and help her to do all that important growing. Other babies will be happy to eat, and then take a nice long nap, forcing you to wake them to eat again two or three hours later. This is also normal. As long as you are working in 10 to 12 feedings in a 24-hour period, and she is having plenty of wet and dirty diapers, you are on the right track. If you have concerns, or just feel that things aren't right, check with your pediatrician or a lactation consultant.

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My Baby – Week 2

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  1. Profile photo of Natasha Natasha says:

    My baby loves to be on her tummy. I can’t get her to lay on her back. When it comes to changing her she screams her head off.

  2. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    my baby hated tummy time at this point

  3. Profile photo of Nadege Nadege says:

    Maybe they forgot to tell my baby boy to sleep during the day. He’s draining the life out of me…he doesn’t sleep during the day, doesn’t sleep at night, I really can’t take it any longer. I don’t mind the waking up during the night, but can’t take the all day up.

  4. Profile photo of shacole shacole says:

    I think its too early for tummy time. My baby barely b woke lol but she was also born at 32wks. So I feed her & back to sleep she goes for a few hours. I even have to wake her to feed her

  5. Profile photo of Kristi Kristi says:

    im thankful I have made it to week two, but it has been rough. Instead of eating every few hours she eats about every thirty minutes, then spits up half of it, and becomes hungry once more! any suggestions?

  6. Profile photo of Timothy Timothy says:

    so glad to be to week 2…

  7. Profile photo of Christina Christina says:

    My older boys love to help burp the baby 🙂 They are also very interested in breastfeeding, I don’t hide it from my sons, they even run into the bathroom when I am pumping, so I have explained that it helps get the milk out for use later when we introduce bottles 🙂

  8. Profile photo of reevadiva reevadiva says:

    Why after breast feeding baby id vomiting a lot.

  9. Profile photo of ErinF ErinF says:

    Breast milk is much more easily digested, so breastfed babies will feed more frequently. It’s a good thing–less energy is spent on digestion so they have more energy to grow and develop! 🙂

  10. Profile photo of kmg2318 kmg2318 says:

    sheesh i didnt know 30 mins after breast feeding they would want to feed again you would think it be the other way around with formula not breast milk i dont remember my mom feeding 30 mins after the 1st meal time hmmm

  11. Profile photo of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    I didnt know you started tummy time this early.

  12. Profile photo of emi285 emi285 says:

    My baby is a night owl too…trying to keep him awake more during the day. And we are on a every two hour feeding schedule…woo-hoo :p

  13. Profile photo of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    My daughter doesn’t care for tummy time but I think it’s important, also she’s up all night and sleeps all day…ugh

  14. Profile photo of yopunkn yopunkn says:

    tummy time or not my two week old screams so much. help!!!

    • Profile photo of Troy Troy says:

      try changing formula and try simithicone gas drops, they helped us a lot. My kids can only be on nurtramigen formula or would have belly aches, gas and cry constantly. The gas drops help with breastfed babies just as much.

  15. Profile photo of Brandy.Lee Brandy.Lee says:

    i did tummy time with my son and my husband grandmother would pick him up every time i would give him his tummy time and now i really not sure if i should bring my baby girl who just 2 wks old around her since he questions my parenting but i know my children loves their tummy time…does any one have the same problems

  16. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    glad to know tummy time is good to be started

  17. Profile photo of Sharee Sharee says:

    They still sleep to much.

  18. Alexander loves his tummy time

  19. This is not my first but is my most challenging one. Alexander poops and pees more than any of my other children did. Alexander is also the only child of mine that is breast fed. He also likes to be up at night for the boob. Yes all night and sleep most of the day.

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