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During the second week of your newborn's life, your baby's skin should clear up, the umbilical cord will likely fall off, and a circumcised baby should be entering the final stages of healing. Important tips for caring for a two-week-old baby include sleeping when your baby sleeps and remaining as calm as possible. Try not be consumed by stress, as this can make your baby stressed as well.

Baby's Week 2: An Overview

Another congratulations is in order! Getting through week 1 of a newborn's life is an exhausting and noteworthy accomplishment. There are few times in life when you need to do this much learning and adjusting while on a dramatically diminished sleep schedule. Thankfully, the needs of a newborn are basic. Eating, sleeping, and creating messy diapers are the three main goals of a newborn. If they can accomplish these three things on a fairly regular basis, you and your baby are doing well!

Baby's Second Week: Getting Acclimated

At two weeks old, your newborn will need 16 to 17 hours of sleep per day. One would think that taking care of a baby that sleeps that much would be easy! Unfortunately, your little "angel" may only sleep one or two hours at a time. Even worse, the newborn sleep schedule tends to be the opposite of yours and, in general, their best hours of sleep are during the day.
As hard as it might be to accomplish, the best advice any new parent can receive is this: Sleep when your baby sleeps. Let the dishes build up a little. Getting your rest is more important now than it will ever be. In order to properly take care of a two-week-old baby with the necessary physical strength, good judgment, and patience, you need to be well rested. In addition, if you are breastfeeding your child, you really need to take care of yourself so that you can produce the right amount of milk.
This week is significant for basic healing:
  • Your baby's complexion should clear up. He or she will lose the blotchy redness and shed that last layer of lanugo that looked like a flaky, peeling sunburn.
  • Take special care of the umbilical cord stump, as it most likely will fall off by the end of this week (see Umbilical Cord Care).
  • If you had a baby boy and he was circumcised, the healing process should be entering the final stages at this point.
All of this healing will make everything that comes next a little easier, such as bathing and diaper changing.
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