So it turns out I'm a wimp & I'm gutted. We tried controlled crying with my 6mo last night for the first time. He was bathed, changed, fed & put down by 8pm. He cried for 50 mins before he fell asleep. We checked on him at regular intervals so I knew he was ok. Obviously it was hard listening to him cry but I didn't think 50 mins was bad at the first attempt. But then he woke up after 1.5 hours so that was nearly 3 hours after he'd been fed. As he was usually used to being attached to my boob all night I fed him but put him straight back down. This is when he cried for almost 2 hours (nappy change in between in case that was the issue). At 1am my husband & I caved in & I put him in bed with me.
The problem is that he's gone from being in bed next to me, touching me, nursing on me, just generally feeling comforted, to going cold turkey, in the cot on his own all night. There was no transition (I don't know what this transition would be!) but that's what got us most upset. My husband thinks he's still too young.
I'm gutted because I thought this was my magical solution. I knew it was going to be hard but when he wouldn't resettle after nearly 2 hours I just didn't think it was fair on him anymore.
I don't know whether it's worth just doing CC when we put him to bed first time & just get him used to it this way or would there be no point in doing that but then not continuing through the night?
Maybe I should start with nap times instead but Iv read that naps are harder coz they cry for so long that it's time to get up before they've sometimes even fallen asleep!
I don't know what to do now. To make things worse it looks like he's getting conjunctivitis or something in one of his eyes, it's a bit pink & puffy.
Sad & disappointed!