Oh my co-sleeping is not your doctors business...this isn't a health thing, this is your doctors view point, not a medical thing. ARG.
Clingy? um...oh my! uh I hate to say this but that's how babies survive by being "clingy" to their mothers! (I'm about to jump out of my skin here...not at you but your dr!) Babies being clingy is NATURAL! Most get more independent with age....not with abandonment (I am NOT judging you! Just really upset with your doctors advice). This is just human nature for a baby to be "clingy" to his mother...but still most children grow up and move out and move on with life.
I would highly suggest finding a La Leche League in your area...where you will find some very educated leaders, and many moms who will and can support you.
I would bring baby back in bed ASAP...you don't have to take my advice though...just sayin' what I personally would do. I get great sleep and usually don't move my babies out till around 2 or three. lol
The thing that REALLY helped us with getting our first to sleep well is a book that my cousins told me about. It's called:
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth, MD.
I'm reading it again as we have an 11 day old. He goes into lots of detail on what type of sleep children need at different ages and ways to help them get plenty of good sleep (and you too as a result!). We had our daughter sleeping 5-6 hours a night by 2 months old, and 8-11 hours by 3 months old with the help of this book.
One of the big tips to try is putting the baby to sleep earlier (before you start seeing the sleepy signs). A baby that's not overtired when trying to go to sleep (or back to sleep when they wake up), will sleep more soundly and for longer!
I was co-sleeping, but the doctor insisted that I stop as she said he is overly attached to me. He is sleeping in his crib until about 5 am, and then I co-sleep with him to get some rest. I basically put him down at 9-9:30 and then have to feed him again and 12:30am, 2:30am, 5:00am, and then 7:30 am. If I co-sleep from 5:00am then I can get him to sleep until 9:30am with intervals of feeding. This system really isn't working very well. I had a lot more rest when I was co-sleeping all night. I do have more freedom with his independence since crib sleeping him though. He is less clingy now.
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