To cry or not to cry?
The other day, Dr. Ferber appeared on The Early Show (*link to the video) to speak to some of the criticism he's gotten. He attempted to clarify his Center's approaches and also clarify misconceptions of "crying it out". I admit: I haven't read his book, "Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems." But, I have read a mainstream diluted interpretation "The Ferber Method demystified", complements of BabyCenter.com.
We say that we "ferberized" both our girls. Our older daughter, we tried the mainstream diluted Ferber recipe at around 7 months old. It took 3 nights. After those three excrutiating nights, I could do the whole bedtime routine (bath, book, nurse), then put her into her crib still awake, and she'd go down to sleep by herself. For our younger daughter, we tried the method at around 13 months old. It was trickier because the two girls share a room. It pretty much worked in a few nights.
So, it worked for us. Did you ferberize? It's not for everyone. Maybe my girls are just sleepy-heads, just like me.