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Different exp with each.
First 2 kids, slept alone well from day one. Once they were past newborn stage, they would sleep alone, but if they woke up in an hour, I would go in and nurse them back down so they would sleep for another hour. But I could almost always get back up (unless teething was at its worst).
My ds was another story. He wouldn't even lie flat in the family bed the first 3 mos. I had to sleep semi-reclined on the couch with him slung to my body. He was very active and had tense muscles, just couldn't relax.
When he hit 3 mos, he would sleep in the family bed, what a relief (we were 5 in the bed).
But he wouldn't nap alone unitil 1 yr. I had to hold him. I would've liked to lie down in the family bed with him for naps, but couldn't, b/c the girls were 3 and 5 and needed watching and helping. so I would sit in the rocker every time. He would stay asleep, didn't mind the noise. If I had to get up, I would sling him. He was big and heavy tho, so I didn't try to do this all that often.
the good part was, once he had a nice nap, he would be so pleasant and sunny, he could be put down in a seat or somewhere and be happy for 10 mins at a time, while I ran around loading dishwashers, laundry, peeing, whatever I was sitting there thinking about for 2 hours! The girls loved to entertain him when he was awake.