Re: Will sleep when ready...is that true?
My doctor said a similar thing and I pretty much ignored him. If doctors get all offended about people trying to second-guess them then maybe they should learn more about things before saying them! But just some of the practical stuff you were asking about: My LO slept about the same as yours until about 18 months. She had worse times and better times. Some nights we woke up every 1.5 hours, some nights got 6-hour stretches. Around 18 months she overall got better, but was still waking 1-2 times a night most nights. She only recently, at 28 months after self-weaning, has occasionally slept through the whole night without waking. I'd say that was twice. But usually she wakes up once or twice and falls back to sleep pretty easily with some snuggling. We do a similar thing with her starting out in her bed (formerly crib) and coming in with me after first wake-up.
Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.