I have a 3 year old but I've totally forgotten how we managed him in the early days. I know there's not one "right way" to do things, but I'd love to hear thoughts from people if there's any suggestions or things I might do better.
My 2 week old is breastfed. I'm trying to do "Feed-Play-Sleep" and also starting with letting him settle himself off to sleep (happens some of the time! I rock him to sleep when he needs it of course, he's so little). I feed him one side, then burp and nappy change, then feed the other. When he's full I do quiet interaction for a bit, then try to put him down for a sleep. (Usually at 1-1.5 hour awake time). I have just started doing this formally in his cot, as previously I'd just plonk him down anywhere. I suspect he's losing his newborn sleepiness so thought I'd try a more formal nap time in his cot.
I guess my worry is he seems to settle much easier after feeds during the day than at night time. He is quite unpredictable, with one to two difficult settling-to-sleep episodes per day, at different times each day. Is this normal? I thought newborns tended to be unsettled at the same time each day....
I'm trying to manipulate him into being unsettled during the day rather than at night but I don't think it'll work haha. Am leaving his room fairly bright for daytime sleeps, and more interaction, whereas at night it's very dark, and I try not to interact/make noise too much. But still settling very well at daytime, not so well after night feeds.
Any thoughts? Thanks so much for any replies.