Cry-it-out should not be the answer to all sleep problems, especially with an infant. Books such as the No Cry Sleep Solution offer gentler methods to help your child get some rest without making them cry.
I disagree with a previous review about how this book advocates crying it out. I have an 18 month old child and have found this book to be an invaluable reference. Now it is a gift I give to other new moms.
Dr. Weisbluth didn't so much guide my daughter's sleeping habits as much as reinforce for me the patterns I was already observing in her.
He talks about the evolution in sleep pattterns and needs in a baby through toddlerhood and eventually into adolescence. He stresses the importance of naps and finding quiet spaces and times for your wee one to sleep. Naps on the go just aren't sufficient as your child grows.
I have never had to do "crying it out" with my baby (which is not to say we didn't have lots of hairy episodes. Good luck and give this book a look.
If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. I'm an avid reader of parenting books (my oldest child is now 16), but if someone told me I could have only ONE book on the topic, this is the one I'd choose. Weissbluth explains the single most important thing for healthy kids --- sleep --- in logical terms. This book is the BEST.
Weissbluth's approach is calloused and barbaric. I read this, every word. I couldn't believe some of the things Weissbluth was suggesting. At one point, he advocated leaving a baby alone after he had vomited: Don't clean him up, just leave him be. Basically he said leave your child alone to scream as long as it takes. It makes me sick just thinking about it.
Essential parenting book, really helped me!