I hate the cry it out method. There are gentler ways. Try this instead: Lay with her for a few nights. Then, switch to sitting on the bed with her for a few nights. Then, sit on the floor next to the bed with your arm or head on the bed for a few nights. Next, bring in a chair and sit next to the bed without touching it for a few nights. Move the chair gradually further from the bed over the course of a few nights. Then, if you can, leave the room entirely and maybe that will be the end of it. If you can't, stand in the doorway for a couple of nights, then switch to standing outside the slightly closed door the last couple of nights. After that, you should be good to put her to bed and say goodnight. If she gets up at all you'll have to repeat the current ritual. Other things that might help would be a bedtime routine, dim nightlight, and special sleepy-time only stuffed toy or blankie. Good luck!
at 2:45 PM on Mar. 12, 2009