For those first couple
months, all of my babies ate every few hours around the clock. I learned pretty quickly
that I didn't want them to need to eat to go back to sleep. So I would keep them
awake while they ate, sometimes by talking or
singing quietly to them. Or I would change their
diaper halfway through feeding to help them stay awake. Putting them in the bed
before they were asleep was the key to teaching them how
to put themselves back to sleep.