I think it's pretty safe to say that my son has a routine.
He eats, naps, and goes to bed at the same times each day.
I am so thankful! So many ladies have told me how long it took for them to create a routine or even just for their son or daughter to sleep through the night.
At the beginning when my doctor told me to try and get him into a routine I thought she was nuts. It wasn't just the fact that he was so tiny (why would someone so small need a routine, couldn't we just play it by ear?) it was also the insane thought of me having to create one for him. I mean, it's hard enough to get myself into a routine and now I was going to be trying to urge this small little person to. With that in mind, I pretty much ignored the advice. Maybe I wouldn't have if she would have given me a few good pointers on how to go about this. [Mind you, this came from the nurse practitioner at my doctor, not my son's]. Now, I say good pointers because the thing she told me to do didn't sound like it would work, and it didn't. She told me that when getting up with my son in the middle of the night, I needed to keep all the lights off and I had to make sure I didn't say anything to him. Ok, no offense lady but in the middle of the night people can't really see. And who doesn't sing or make noise to soothe their child? Especially when the baby is only two weeks old. (That's how old he was when she was telling me this). I know you think I'm probably blowing this out of proportion but you should have seen the face on this woman when she was telling me. Not friendly, at all. Plus, she had just made other rude comments right before this, but we won't go there.
Our nighttime routine starts with him chilling out on the floor of our room [which for some reason is his favorite place in the house]. If you were to walk in on him, you wouldn't be able to stop laughing. He just lays there talking to himself. I put him there and after fifteen minutes or a half hour I start reading books to him. It's amazing how much he loves books. The Mr. Men & Little Miss books, the Very Hungry Caterpillar and so many more. He laughs, coos and squeals looking from one page to the next. I had no idea that he would like being read to so early on. After story time he'll either fall right asleep or eat and then sleep. Some nights we start in the swing and I transfer him to his crib afterwards but we're always sleeping by ten. It's amazing!
Don't freak yourself out if it doesn't go smoothly for you and your little one right away or if you can't seem to get the hang of it. He (or she) will come around. Just try to stay happy and they will start to mold to what you do. At least that's how I'm perceiving it...