Hi D.! Fist of all, how lucky is your baby to have a mommy who is already planning for the best sleeping arrangements for her?! my youngest is turning 1 on December 25th. We started out using a bassinet with her next to our bed. This Worked out great for breastfeeding at night! When she got too big for it (around 4 months), we transitioned her into our bed. This is what works best for us and it is such a joy to have her snuggled close to me all night long. She's so sweet! I did the same thing with my oldest (she's now almost 4). We co-slept with her as a baby and then at around 24 months, we transitioned her to her toddler bed- without any sleep issues at all! Now, there are MANY opinions on this topic, as I am sure you will see, but you'll have to decide what workes best for your family. I use what Dr William Sears calls,"Attachment Parenting" and you can read all about co-sleeping, parenting, and many other topics at his website- WWW.askdrsears.com. The site is a wonderful resource! He and his son are both pediatricians and he does an excellent job explaining his views and suggestions for everything baby (he has LOTS of research to support his parenting theories too!) I am very bonded to both my girls. Best of all, I have absolutely NO REGRETS that I ever let either one "cry-it-out". I wanted to show my baby that I am there for her and she knows can trust me to respond, day or night, when she needs me.
She cries very little, by the way, because she is so happy and secure! Co-sleeping will also makes night feedings much easier, since you plan to breastfeed (good for you for giving your daughter such a wonderful gift!) Anyway, much luck to you and I hope you listen to your "mommy instinct" when it comes time to decide what sleeping situation will be best for your little girl. Really, you are the only one with the "right" answer! What works for one may not be the right solution for you, so do what works best for you and your baby and that will be best of all.