Tomorrow, we leave California and head back home to NZ. And when we get there, we're starting sleep training. It's been a long time coming, and I have been putting it off for one reason or another, and we've finally reached a point where we HAVE to do it. I know there are tons of different opinions on sleep training and whether it's right or wrong, or what age you should do it, or what method to use, etc. Let me tell you, I have done all the reading and research, I know all there is to know about baby sleep cycles, I've read opinions both for and against cry-it-out, I'm armed with information.
We've decided to use Ferber's method, which I know will involve a lot of crying, but I really don't see any way around it. Basically we put her in her crib, and leave her for progressively longer periods of time before checking on her, until she falls asleep. I wish there was another way, but I don't think there is. I mean, I am looking forward to the outcome, just not the process.
Anyway, we're headed to the airport in a few hours, and I'm going to spend the next two days enjoying my last cuddles with a sleeping baby in my arms.