On the recommendation of a MOPS mom after hearing that I intend to let Squirt "cry it out" within the next month or so, I checked out "The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems" from my local library.
I haven't read it all...nor do I intend to. Were there good ideas that probably work? Yes.
But I was insulted by her saying that it's cruel to let my child cry it out, like I'm neglecting him. No, I'm not. It's how I teach him to put himself to sleep. And Moose never felt abandoned. He trusts me completely, thank you very much. I'm completely insulted that anyone would claim otherwise.
I was also insulted when she said that babies don't know anything about sleeping or eating when they're born. I'm sorry, eating and sleeping are about the only things the poor dears DO know. My son(s) knows when he is tired and when he's hungry. I may not know these things (seriously, his cries sound exactly the same unless he's super upset), but he knows if he's hungry or tired.
I do like her Pick Up/Put Down method except for the laying him on his side. Pediatricians say that SIDS is more likely in kids that sleep on their tummies and sides. Although I experimented with it and maintain that if it's right for your child, then that's fine, I don't agree that an expert should promote anything other than back to sleep.
My last tidbit on this book is that her "routine" isn't what every child needs. She says that if a baby is over 6.5 lbs. that he should be able to go at least 3 hours without eating. Moose wasn't like that at all. Squirt is turning out to not be like that. He CAN go up to 4 hours without eating (excluding night because he sleeps through the night) but now it's usually 2 hours (just like his brother).
Oh sorry, really only 2 more things. I will NOT wake a sleeping baby unless necessary. Just like dogs, you let sleeping babies lie. And also, even if she's worked with children for 100 years, if she doesn't have her own, it's completely different. Every child is different, every family is different, and methods (good or "bad" as long as not dangerous) aren't always "right" for your family.
If you're an advocate of this book, praises be yours. I'll probably pull tidbits and use them, but when it comes time, Squirt will cry it out. But he won't have much problems, we have a bedtime routine. The hard thing for us will be when he is no longer swaddled. But we'll cross that bridge when we get there.