Firstly, just want to clear up the fact that I haven't posted on BH for a very long time and I have a new account, not because I want to remain annonymous in this post, but because it feels in line with a new chapter in my life. I like to read along, rarely posting but thought I would contribute today.
I have used SOS since my LO was 5mths old, he is now 10mths.
Things I use from the book:
-Routines, I personally follow them to the T, my DS fell into it very quickly, he thrives off them so I stick with it quite rigidly, the times just really work for him and I have been happy to adjust my life around it as the pay off for me has been worth it. After a couple of days to a week into the routine he would start nodding off minutes before his sleep was due, his body clock loved the routine and consistency.
- Her bedding guide. My DS was still waking once in the night, I never considered it was because he wasn't warm enough until I joined her online forum ($60 for the record, not $300 as stated by pp). I adjusted his clothing and bedding that night as per their advice and he slept through 7-7 for the first time that night, and (other than when sick) he has slept through 99% of the time ever since. Needless to say, I love her bedding guide.
Things I don't use:
- Her self settling techniques. Not because I don't agree with it, I did teach my DS to self settle at around 5 months, I just decided to do it my way with a bit of advice from a sleep school and using my own personal limitations on how much I was willing to let him cry / grizzle / protest or be left alone.
- Her expressing guide. As I didn't use the book until much later
Next time I will implement her routines and methods sooner, however, like you, I wouldn't feel comfortable in doing this before 8-12wks. I would never begrudge anyone who felt comfortable in doing so though.
The level of negativity and controversy surrounding Tizzie is pretty OTT in my opinion. Same rule applies to SOS as it does on BH, if something is not inline with your parenting or personal philosophies and values then don't heed the advice, simple. It seems very clear to me that the majority of people are capable of taking as little or as much as they like from the book and if its not for you, move on to the next one, and if it works for you, why read 10 more!?!
She may have good marketing but at the end of the day if it didn't work for a lot of people on some level all the advertising in the world wouldn't get her books flying from the shelves.
I believe in SOS because its worked for me and the proof is in my happy, contented, well rested 10mth old, its also not just been good for my baby but it changed my parenting journey for the better, more than anyone could imagine, (unless you were in my shoes, my family, my home, with my baby), so no one will convince me otherwise. However, I would never assume that SOS is for everyone as it certainly is not.