(Today's post is about children/parenting. If that's something you don't wish to read about today, feel free to click away. Hope to see you again soon.)
I wrote here about the troubles we've had with MJ waking up at night for the past few weeks. At our boys' 9-month well-check today, our (very experienced, well-respected) pediatrician strongly suggested that the best way to address this would be the Ferber method. (If you don't know what the Ferber method is, wikipedia provides an explanation here.) He assures us that a recent longitudinal study found no detrimental effect on mental or physical health in 12-year-olds whose parents had employed a "cry it out" method of sleep training.
I want to get honest input from moms who've had difficulty getting babies over 6 months of age to sleep through the night. Did you use the Ferber method? If not, what method did you use, if any?
I do believe that sleep is very important to infants' growth and development. I also know that it's not healthy for me to be constantly sleep-deprived. . . but I would never put my own needs before my boys' needs, even if it meant losing sleep.
I don't wish to influence the comments I'll get, so I will simply say that, in our household, one of us is in favor of the Ferber method and the other is not fully on board and let you figure out who is who. :-)
Thank you in advance for your input!