My LO is just over six months old and is still very far from STTN even if you consider 5 hours to be STTN. We started out with her at the side of our bed in a bassinet until she was to big to do that and then we started to try to get her into her crib. Now keep in mind my baby has never gone to sleep on her own she was quite colicy when she was born so got used to being rocked and or fed to sleep.
Moving her to her crib never went smooth. The max that she everslept in there was 2 hours and as time went on things just got worse and she took longer and longer to fall asleep and would wake up every single time I put her down. When we would get her to the crib she may wake up in only min's. After months of this my husband and I were at our wits end hating evenings, getting no time together and I was exhausted through the day as well as baby not sleeping well.
At this point she is sleeping in my bed with the husband and I and thats not all that much better, except I do not have to get up to feed her and there is less time spent getting her to sleep. I did not plan to bed share when I had the baby and I am not sure how long this will go or when would be best to try her again in her own bed or how to go about doing that.
I have read tonnes of stuff on sleeping and sleep training and to be honest I dont know where to start I am overwhelmed. Many people swear by the graduated ferber but I dunno. I have been trying to avoid the CIO methods and I really dont think my baby will go for it. Do I just suck it up and have her in my bed till she is ready or what the heck.