Updated: Aug 4, 2019
Fun Fact: Many night issues are resolved by fixing day schedules!
All babies are unique in their sleep, of course. Some are great sleepers right off the bat, others are poor sleepers (think: my kid) from the moment they're born. Some babies self-soothe by sucking their thumb, others by putting their thumb nail up to their lip (sounds weird but that's what my kid does). Fortunately, most infants fall under large (malleable) umbrellas of sleep needs. Check out this chart to help you figure out an appropriate schedule for your kiddo.
*Waketime refers to how long baby should be awake between naps/bedtime. Usually the first waketime of the day is the shortest, and the time before bedtime is the longest. Many babies and toddlers can only be awake for 2 hours in the morning when they're still on a 2 nap schedule, and then the waketime below applies to every other time they're awake.
** DISCLAIMER: there are babies that will NOT fall in these ranges. Take this as a guideline (a very successful guideline that works with the majority of babies).
There are also many strong believers in the 2-3-4 schedule (as soon as baby is at 2 naps).
This means there are 2 hours of waketime before nap #1, 3 hours of waketime before nap #2 and 4 hours of waketime before bedtime. I'll write another blog post on this 2-3-4 schedule, but look into it if it interests you! Baby Sleep Science is Fascinating!!