Before my baby turned 1 month, he's always sleepy. Whenever he is awake I'll switch on the mobile that I attach to his baby cot. This is to train his eyes to follow movement. Young babies can only see 3 colours at birth, black, white and red. So I have a picture book also attached to his cot for him to stare at. We will also sing to him and talk to him.
No I dont't pat my baby to sleep. I dont't want to him to become "dependent" on me patting so that he can sleep. Now he's 10 mths, he can fall asleep on his own.