Eat, Play, Sleep
My main recommendation for parents of newborns is to adopt an eat, play, sleep routine as much as possible. Notice I say routine instead of schedule because I think a schedule is too rigid for a new baby. Eat, play, sleep means that you feed your baby after he wakes up, then have some time for play, and then it's time for sleep.
There are 2 reasons for my recommendation:
Your baby will eat the most when he first wakes up because that is when he is most alert. This will help to space out the time between feedings because he will have a full belly. Doing this routine also helps avoid snacking and snoozing all day long. Snack and snooze means your baby doesn't eat enough to be full for long so he has to snack all day long.
You will be less likely to nurse your baby to sleep. Nursing your baby to sleep is wonderful and fine every once in a while. But if you always nurse your baby to sleep, he is more likely to develop a feed/sleep association that can cause multiple night wakings and short naps. The association can also be hard to break.
If you feel like your baby needs to eat more often, I suggest feeding him when he wakes up and then again 30 minutes or so before his next nap if he's still hungry. Then, as your baby gets older, you can stretch the time between feeds to 2-3 hours.
Once your baby is around 3 months old, he should be able to feed 1-2 times a night. If your baby is older than 3 months and wakes up multiple times during the night to nurse, I can help! You can book a free 15-minute discovery call to find out how I can help your little one sleep well.
Tell me, has the eat, play, sleep routine worked for you?