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we exclusively coslept with dd until she was 18m. she nursed practically all night from birth, so we tried to transition her to the crib, for at least the first part of the night, at 6m, 12m, and then again at 18m. it wasn't until she was 18m that she (and we) were ready.
at first, she did what your dd is doing. going down in the crib then moving back in for nursing and cosleeping. the first week, she went down around 8 or 9, and was back in with us a couple hours later. slowly, she was able to stay in her crib for longer and longer periods of time.
at 21m, she goes down at 8 and sleeps until 3am or so, at which point she comes in with us, nurses, then goes back into her crib. she usually wakes between 6-8am. depending on when she wakes, she either nurses back to sleep, or we just all get up. some nights, she wakes several times to nurse, but most of the time its just once in the middle of the night, and once in the morning.
we tried once to encourage her to go back to sleep in the crib without nursing or coming into our bed to check in...and it was horrible for all of us. so, we stuck with what was working for us, were patient, and slowly she has reduced the number of times she nursed each night. she goes to sleep happy, and wakes happy.
hope this helps!