At this age, just go with the flow. As baby starts sleeping longer hours in the night, a natural daytime sleeping pattern will start to emerge. When you recognize the pattern, then start setting the schedule accordingly. By 5-6 mo. my son was 11 hours at night, a two hour nap in the morning and a one hour nap in the afternoon. By 4 mo., my daughter was 12 hours at night and two two hour naps during the day (she stayed that way until 18 mo. or so). Focus on the nighttime sleeping for now and let the daytime sleeping happen when it happens. Put baby to bed with the same ritual every night at the same time (regardless of when the last nap was)...i.e. bath, bottle, bed. Watch for sleepy cues during the day (pulling ears, rubbing eyes, crankiness) and try to help baby go to sleep as soon as you notice the tired cues. A sleepy baby is much easier to get to sleep and stays asleep longer than one who is overly tired.
at 10:35 PM on Jun. 28, 2010