So I guess I have a few questions.
1. What have other people done when their babies were too big for a cosleeping bassinet but not yet ready to leave the family bed?
2. Is there a way I can gently encourage my baby to sleep through the night? I could see putting him down in a crib downstairs if he'd sleep til morning most nights, but not with him waking between 1 and 4 times per night to nurse.
3. Have you found that children gradually (or suddenly) become ready to move out to their own bed, or do parents have to make that happen? As much as I enjoy sleeping with my baby, I'd like the private time with my husband back, too.
4. Am I trying to make all this happen to early? When are children developmentally able to sleep on their own, sleep through the night, etc? I don't want to push him, but I don't want to unduly delay him, either.
Thanks so much for your help! It's so nice having a forum where I can ask advice from experienced AP mamas. My husband has been pushing for a plan, and with your advice and experience I hope to be able to develop one!