Yesterday I tried to feed every 3 hours and let him fall into a natural sleep routine by staying in the house so that he didnt fall asleep in the car. This was a challenge because his feeding has been so frequent until now so he wanted food much more quickly.
We managed a few feeds 3 hours apart and then the last one before bed was 2.5 hours from the previous. I did use a swing seat to put him to sleep when he was fractious in the afternoon, but he was awake for most of the day.
Our new bedtime routine is as follows:
8.30pm - evening walk or activity to keep him awake! (weather permitting)
9.30pm - stretch out on the play matt to burn off any energy
9.45pm - bath
10pm - bottle
10.20pm - storytime in rocking chair
10.30pm - sleep!
8am - woken up for day to begin!
At the moment I'm letting him fall asleep on me before putting him down. At some point I need to encourage him to fall asleep on his own, but I'll wait until the routine is more fixed. At that point I intend to use music to help too.
Night one went well, he slept from 10.30pm until 2.50am - the longest stretch yet and the earliest he's gone to sleep. He then woke at 6am but didn't manage a whole bottle so was up again at 8am.
Here's hoping we can keep this going and gradually increase the stretches between feeds and put him down to sleep earlier!