For those of you who have used the Ferber method or know about it, how long do I let her cry before we stop? I know the schedule (intervals) and how long to wait before going in to visit her, but how long do these intervals go on before stopping? We are planning to start this method tonight, and maybe I'm just being negative, but I have a pretty strong-willed baby and I'm concerned that she'll cry for hours before falling asleep. I've read that if you "cave in" and give up, though, that it only makes it worse and they'll only cry longer the next time. Opinions?
Please no comments about this being cruel and abusive. If you don't agree with me, fine. Move on. My baby has begun waking up approx. every 45 min. to 1hr. and she is tired/fussy during the day and so am I. I took her to the pediatrician today and we have an all clear (she is perfectly healthy & not cutting any teeth). I believe that a few nights of crying is a small price to pay for a baby who will sleep better in the long run, and thus be happier during the day.