Realizing this is, I think, key to young infant sleep issues. As a newborn, your baby will determine when he sleeps. There is really nothing you can do to change that. Have you ever tried to wake a sleeping newborn... ever tried to keep them awake... ever tried to feed a newborn who just couldn't stay awake? You can't determine their sleeping schedule. You can only let them sleep when they need their sleep.
You can however, start right away in assisting your baby to be prepared for the change that will soon descend upon them. More often than not, put him in bed when you notice he is drowsy, and if he falls asleep while eating, go ahead and lay him in bed. Let him get familiar with his room and bed. You will be doing him a favor.
I know I promised to talk about what a typical sleep schedule should look like for different ages, but I guess I sorta took a bunny trail. This post is long enough. So, I guess that will have to wait again.
Also coming up...
- How to train your baby to put himself to sleep
- Signs of a sleep deprived baby/child
- How much sleep a baby/child needs
- Various problems and stages that arise and how to deal with them