Crying it out
Sunny was starting to have some issues STAYING asleep for naps and at night — I would nurse her down, but when it came to the dreaded crib transfer, more often that not she would wake a bit and start to cry, which invariably evolved into healthy sobs and screams. Nothing would calm her down, not even holding her, except for putting her back on the boob.
I also sensed that her cries were becoming more deliberate – that she had picked up on the cause/effect cycle of her squawking and me coming to pick her up and eventually nurse her.
SO…a couple friends of mine, both of whom I highly respect as parents, had been through the same thing. They had both successfully put their babes through “baby boot camp” and one of them recommended the following book:
Night one: Took Sunny 38 minutes to fall asleep on her own.
Night two: 30 minutes
Night three: 4 minutes
Night four, tonight: 30 seconds
We. Are. Psyched. And I think Sunny is, too. She knows the routine, knows how to peacefully go to sleep. She sleeps all night and is happy in the morning.