I thought I would post a success story. I've been coming to this section for awhile now and I love reading when others have success with the "no-cry" concept. It makes me feel like I'm doing the right thing when there is so much pressure to just let my DS cry-it out.
To start DS was never a great night sleeper. Until very recently he NEVER slept through the night. He was a BF baby and in the early days we would sometimes (but not solely) co-sleep. At times he would wake up 10-12 times during the night and not just in the early days- when he was 12 months. DH and I were both exhausted but we were both determined not to let him cry. Obviously he needs us for some reason. I also refused to attend sleep school.
We started with the No-cry sleep solution and had some success in the first couple of weeks. We got down from 10-12 wake ups to 1-2 which was really awesome. It took persistence and a lot of patience. Most of all we did not have to let him cry. The routine I think was the number one idea that worked best. I thought we had a routine until I wrote it down and realised we weren't consistent. The dark room and "lovey" didn't work for us.
DS is now 18 months and I have weaned him (i was ready to do this although I don't think he was quite as keen as I was). He sleeps from 7pm to 4:30-5:00am when he wakes up for a milk bottle then it's back to sleep until 6:00am when he wakes up ready to go. That's when the household gets up anyway so we're fine with that. I will eventually switch that milk bottle to water but for now I figure we've come a long way from 10-12 wake ups.
Ultimately I wanted others to know that you do not have to use a CC or CIO method to have a baby that will sleep. You do need to have some patience and not expect miracles over-night. DH and I are so much happier with the way we have gone about it and to all the "helpful" advice from friends and family telling us we should try another method- I say mind your own business!!!