I have a daughter who will be two this month. She is a dear little sprite who I co-sleep with (Dad sleeps in his own bed) and this has been working out wonderfully for many months. Here's the thing: She is comfort nursing voraciously all night long, I'd say every couple of hours or so. This doesn't really disrupt my sleep...but as she grows I have started to think that this constant all-night nursing might be a little extreme. I have also noticed that she has her longest uninterrupted sleep stretches when I am not in the room - for example, in the mornings when I get up before her. Last night I had to use the bathroom and she woke up while I was in the bathroom (a first, amazingly!) and she cried out pretty dramatically for a few seconds. By the time I returned (less than a minute or two) she had already fallen back into a peaceful slumber...I have the Pantley "no cry" book and am starting to suspect that maybe me being there encourages her to snuggle up and nurse. Anyway, to make a long story short, I am thinking about trying a new routine in which we go to sleep together and then I move to the "master bedroom" with Dad (this room is right across from her room) - and return to my daughter's bed if she really wakes up and needs me. Has anyone here had a similar experience or tried this? My main concern is a healthy sleep routine for my little one - as much as we love nursing, I don't know that it's best for her sleep to be so exclusively tied to perpetual night-time nursing.
Thanks for your thoughts!
p.s. during nap times, I nurse her to sleep and either nap with her or leave the room and get stuff done. We use a safe room with a mattress on the floor.