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Normal Development: 2 Weeks Old

Each child is unique. While some behavior and growth milestones tend to happen at certain ages, a wide range for each age is normal. It is okay if your child reaches some milestones earlier and others later than the average. If you have any concerns about your child's development, check with your healthcare provider. Here's what you might see your baby doing between the ages of 2 weeks and 2 months.


  • May cry when left alone; usually stops when picked up.
  • Makes gurgling and cooing sounds when happy and content.
  • Cries when hungry, too hot or cold, excited, or uncomfortable from a wet diaper or gas. Stops crying when picked up and comforted.


  • May smile at familiar faces and voices, especially mother's voice.
  • May quiet down in response to human face.
  • Makes eye contact.
  • Turns in direction of some sounds.


  • Sleeps for longer periods during the night.
  • Movements slowly get smoother and more controlled.
  • Lifts chin for a few seconds when lying on tummy.
  • Cannot support head without help.
  • Grasps whatever is placed in hand.
  • May follow some moving objects with eyes.
  • Explores surroundings with eyes.
Written by Robert M. Brayden, MD, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Pediatric Advisor 2019.4 published by Change Healthcare.
Last modified: 2012-09-25
Last reviewed: 2018-05-09
This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.
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