If someone had a real, one size fits all method, it wouldn't be such a mystery! The truth of the matter is that babies sleep longer when THEY are ready to despite what parents do. So different methods get the credit.
Solids? Tried that. Mine slept WORSE and research shows that solids generally have that effect.
Cry it out? Forget it. Massive fail. Same with Ferber. Ezzo. You name the method, it was tried here. And every single one FAILED...because I was trying to force my son into something he wasn't ready for.
What worked? Paying attention to HIM and putting him to bed when he was out, not when some book said I should because the books steered me dead wrong. When I started following HIS patterns...he slept longer. And yes, he learned to put himself to sleep on his own good time.
So, pay attention to your baby. Know that five hours straight is sleeping through the night. Longer times will come when baby is ready.
at 12:23 PM on Feb. 21, 2010