Normal Development: Newborn (0 - 2 Weeks)
Here's what you might see your baby doing
between the ages of 0 and 2 weeks old.
- Reflexive actions: crying, grasping,
yawning, swallowing, sucking, blinking, coughing,
- Grasps whatever is placed in hand.
- Sucks whatever is placed in mouth.
- Is startled by sudden noises and
- Jerky, mostly uncontrolled motions.
- Waves arms, kicks legs, wiggles and
- Cannot turn body or support head
- Cannot sit without support.
- May turn head from side to side while
lying on back.
- Usually sleeps from 17 to 20 hours per
- Cries and fusses about 1 to 4 hours
- Is alert and quiet about 2 to 3 hours
- Cannot focus clearly.
- Sees best at 8 to 10 inches.
Interactive Behaviors and Senses
- Smiles spontaneously and
- Discriminates between some smells.
- Begins to turn in direction of sound.
- Begins to distinguish the human voice
from other sounds.
- Is more sensitive to high-pitched
voices, especially mother's voice.
- Is best calmed by a soft, rhythmic
- Cries a lot.
- Makes tiny gurgling sounds when
- Shows preference for the human face.
Each child is unique. It is therefore difficult to describe
exactly what should be expected at each stage of a child's
development. While certain behaviors and physical milestones
tend to occur at certain ages, a wide spectrum of growth and
behavior for each age is normal. These guidelines are
offered as a way of showing a general progression through
the developmental stages rather than as fixed requirements
for normal development at specific ages. It is perfectly
natural for a child to attain some milestones earlier and
other milestones later than the general trend.
If you have any concerns related to your
child's own pattern of development, check with your health