You can't . . . you can . . . sort of!! :)
You can begin to establish a routine. But for the first couple of years your little one is going to go through stages of sleeping/not sleeping through the night. Of not being tired at the regular time, giving up naps which mess up the schedule, or taking extra naps.
Start a routine - rock, cuddle, books, bath, brush teeth, bottle/nurse, etc. Keep the lights dim. Put the baby down for bed.
I don't let my babies cry - too much. They may fuss as they are falling asleep, or I may be in the bathroom when they start screaming, but I generally go to them, calm them down, rock/nurse some more, put them back to bed. Eventually they figure out falling to sleep on their own. And when they are about 3 years old and you realize bedtime isn't stressful, they are sleeping through the night, you realize you have suceeded!! FINALLY!! :D
at 10:44 AM on Mar. 30, 2011