I didn't cosleep with my DD so I'm a bit torn on this.
DS does his first stretch of sleep in his crib and then comes to our bed when he wakes up. We're all sleeping pretty darn well that way. He was sleeping really really great: 8-1:30 in his crib, then a snack when he came in and sleeping until 5 ot 6 before having another snack and then sleeping until 7. Lately, he's been up quite a bit in the early part of the night and ends up coming to our bed much earlier - like 10:30 or 11. Then he is restless and snacking a lot of the night. I think a lot of it has to do with his little appendages moving so much. It's outgrowing all of the biggest swaddlers so I was trying to wean him away from them but he just can't stop grabbing at things and kicking. I started swaddling again (barely fitting him into the swaddlers) and he is sleeping better, but still not as well as before.
I usually don't listen to anything doctors have to say about parenting but our Ped today talked to us about sleeping. She is very AP which I do appreciate. She supports cosleeping but said now is a good time to make a choice: we either wean him away from cosleeping now, or wait until he is a toddler. She said that 6, 9, 12 month olds are very hard to wean from cosleeping and I kind of see her point: seperate anxiety peaks at that stage and they are much more mobile, and tend to throw bigger fits. She wasn't trying to push us away from cosleeping, just reminding us that if we want an independant sleeper before toddlerhood, now is the best window of opportunity in her opinion.
I'm not sure what to do. I think it is natural to sleep together until toddler-hood but I am not sure that is what my DH and I really want. We're happy with it now but I suspect we'd both like to get him sleeping independantly before 3 years old. DS is pretty laid back and his cosleeping is mostly a result of my laziness. I probably could go into his room when he wakes, nurse, and put him back down in his crib. I think he'd do okay, or at least get used to it after a few efforts. We don't CIO so that isn't an issue. It's just an issue of me investing the time at night into soothing him in his room instead of just putting him in our bed.
Also - I love cosleeping right now and I'm going to miss having him in bed :(
Any thoughts? Where are you all at with this?