With my first born ds I babywhispered, but I *wanted* to rock him. My comprimise was that I would rock him during the day time for naps and shhh/pat at night before bed.
Let's just say that as we approached 2 years old, he was still being rocked for naps because he would NOT go to sleep any other way (unless we were in the car). We gave up nap time before he was physically ready because it was hard to rock a 3 year old.
On the other hand, he's always gone to bed at night with no problem.
So, this time around, I plan on using my rocking chair, but not to get the baby to sleep...just for some extra snuggles!