I'm due with my first in March. I know it's early to worry about this, but I've been reading a lot on the subject of sleep and it's totally stressing me out.
I'm strongly against CIO, and really dislike the idea of rigorous sleep training--mainly because I'm planning to EBF and I know breastfed babies need to eat often. I don't want to "train" my baby to sleep through his hunger and have him end up with poor nutrition. I also want to BF on demand rather than schedule, and I've noticed that many sleep training methods involve scheduling your feedings throughout the day. Basically, when I research sleep training, it seems incompatible with my overall goals.
On the other hand, I want to be able to sleep at some point! And I don't want to cosleep throughout his entire infancy (we will use a cosleeper bassinet in the beginning).
I'm not looking for a debate on what's best or a concrete answer, just looking for reassurance that there is a happy medium somewhere!! Will I be able to find a pattern that's somewhere between rigorous sleep training and cosleeping through toddlerhood/nursing all night? Has anyone else had success in transitioning your baby to his/her own bed without unhealthy forms of sleep training? I just need a little reassurance that's it's not ONLY one extreme or the other!!!