I put all 5 of mine on a schedule from birth. Of course, it was led by them each time but I worked to get it where it worked with the schedule I already had in place with my older ones. At the hospital, they had me nurse them every 3 hours, so I kept that up when I got home. I woke them up every 3 hours during the day to nurse, changing their diaper, undressing them, etc. whatever I had to do to keep them awake long enough to get in a good feeding. I would let them sleep as long as they would at night, but I woke them at the same time every morning and nursed, even if they had been awake only 2 hours before, to keep them on the "schedule" Of course, it was somewhat flexible as you have to be with a baby, but I firmly believe that having a schedule helped them sleep through the night early (all 5 were sleeping at least8 hours/night by 2 months). It also helped in scheduling my appointments, trips to the playground, etc.
at 11:56 AM on Jun. 6, 2011