This is my first post, and I am hoping that someone has been thru a similar situation to myself and can help. My son is 6 months old and we have been co-sleeping since he was born. He sleeps in the co sleeper next to me most of the time and when he had a rough day (a shot, or a cold) we'd pull him into bed with us and in the mornings around 5am we'd pull him in as well. We have a big cal king with a firm matress, so it's very cosleeping friendly. I loved this arrangement and my son was a marathon sleeper (9pm-7am) at 4 weeks old.
As of about 3 weeks ago he came down with some congestion and wasn't sleeping well in the arms reach ********* so I started pulling him in with me at about midnight. The sleeper has always been the best option for us, but we have dogs in our room that snore as well as my husband's snoring and it's waking him up now. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the closeness of cosleeping, and I am an absolute advocate of it and the many benefits it brings. Although for us, it's not quite cutting it. I am waking up all night because of course, the little one wants to nurse all night when he's in bed with me. We've tried the crib thing, because of what a great sleeper he is, but it didn't work. Soon as he wakes up he looks for us and starts wimpering when he sees I am not next to him.
Today he had his 6 month well baby visit, and the dr (who is pro AP) suggested that he needs to be in his crib by this age or he never will be. Yes, I've heard this before, but I really wasn't ready for this. Also, he told me he firmly believes the only option to get babies adjusted to a crib is the (cringe) CIO method. This SUPRISED me since he claims he "pro" AP. I was planning on buying the Oringinal size sleeper and keeping him in with us til he outgrew it or was clearly ready for his crib in his own room. I was also contemplating switching to a more natural and more AP friendly Ped. Who knows....
So I am totally confused, we need sleep. I love being close to my son, I wear him throughout our days together and he naps very closely during the day (sometimes pack n play near me, sometimes on our bed if Im near, etc). We have been completely AP up to this new challenge we are facing. Any insight anyone has would be amazingly helpful, as I am at a loss as to what will get us sleep and my little one back to his comfortable and enjoyable sleeping habits he had for 5 wonderful months.
Thanks in advance!