Just a heads up, I may ramble here a bit, I'm kinda all over the place about this subject.
DD is 10.5 months old, and has bedshared with us from the beginning. I never had any intention or interest at all in sleep training, schedules, etc from the beginning, she just lives with us in our daily flow. A few months ago we did buy a little mattress for her to sleep on when we're not in the bed with her, we have it set up in a little montessori style floor bed. Since then she's usually napped there about twice a day and started her nights there, usually 4 hours. Then she would wake, and come in the bed with us, having 2x nightly nursing. In the last month, her sleep has been way out of whack, waking up as often as every hour. It's been exhausting, combined with the fact that the moms I know IRL are all doing sleep training now (variations of CIO), and I've been feeling the pressure that she should be sleeping through the night, or at least a whole heck of a lot more than waking nearly hourly. Now yes, she could be teething (right now she has one little half of a tooth, so surely more are coming), working on a big developmental leap (she will likely walk soon), but her sleep has been bad for quite some time now. I just don't know what to do. I want to help her to get through longer stretches at night. I also want to move in the direction of night weaning by 12 months, to hopefully encourage AF to come back to town. Our current game plan is to get her in bed by 9:30, and for any wakings before 3 am, daddy picks her up. She always goes right back to sleep on his chest instantly. After that she comes into bed with us and I'll nurse her, still usually about 2 nursings before morning (although some nights it has been much more than that). Does anyone have any insight? I guess I'm mostly venting, but hoping someone has some suggestions.