A week ago DH and I started a sleeping training program for LO based on the book 'the sleep sense program' by Dana Obleman. The program can be started when LO is 3 months and 13 lbs and is basically the same as Ferber method. My SIL used this program for her two and they did great. For them bed time is fun, they go down easily and sleep well.
LO is not one of those babies that just drifts to sleep in swing or nods off in the bouncer. She has never fallen asleep on her own once. I spent over a month sleeping on the couch at night with her in the moby wrap and the naps she did take also took place there as well. I didn't expect to struggle so much but the pressure of getting her to sleep every day and the screaming from being overtired was getting to be more than I could handle.
Anyways, I wanted to share for others that were considering this as I know I read many posts about sleep training and found them helpful.
To sum it up...the idea is to set up a fixed nap and bedtime routine and put them down awake. After 10 mins of continuous crying you go in and give them some reassurance, then walkout. The first night LO cried for an hour. It was hard for her and us but I seriously thought she would go a lot longer. Since that first night for naps and bedtime she has cried for less than 10 mins or only needed one check. The purpose of the program is for them to learn how to fall asleep on their own not STTN. She has been going to bed at 6:30 and sleeping for 12 hours, with one wake up.
I can't explain how much my life has changed for the better since we started this. I finally feel like I can breath and I enjoy being with LO so much more. I realize sleep training isn't for everyone but for us it was a must. So feel free to flame away if you need to but LO cried for two minutes tonight before going to sleep and I no longer feel like I'm about to have a complete breakdown every minute of every day. And, of course, DH is happy not to be receiving my sobbing phone calls at work anymore!