In the Dear Mom Working household I want to believe we have tried pretty darn close to everything with Holden. Since Holden was my first and I was single, I definitely spent a lot of time with cuddles and co sleeping. Realizing I would again want intimacy in my life and someone may actually want to be with a single mom we had to stop this terror of a trend. Initially, Holden had a hard time in the the crib in his own bedroom, which was understandable he was almost six months before I had even attempted the transition.
If you are a nursing mom you can probably relate to the fact it is easy to flop a boob out and not only is your baby happy, but so are you, ahhh sleep. If we move into the crib I have to get my butt up, walk to a room across the house and find somewhere to sit or lay in the kids room and pray to not fall sleep in whatever weird position and place you decided to nurse. There were nights I crawled into the crib, BAH, I know EXTREMES! At 9 months I started making the transition to formula because Holden was walking already. Crawling up me, tenting his booty in the air and dancing while nursing. Things got too weird for me.
After a successful doctors appointment our pediatrician recommended, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. I am going to be honest. I have only ever got through half this book, 3 times! All three times reading halfway through I took something new, Myla (#3) is only 2 months now so I may try to read in full one more time, HA! At about 11 months I had realized I was not only doing Holden a disservice, but I was EXHAUSTED. We cried it out for about a week and to my surprise HOLY CATS, he was a good sleeper.