We failed the Ferber method miserably when Plum was a baby. Sleep training day one went as well as it could due to beginner’s luck; day two had me with a change of heart; a month later, we revisited the topic and had me crying alongside my baby Plum (previously privately published links). I am embarrased to say that 7 years later, Plum still needs me around at bedtime, with us telling each other about our day… for half hour, sometimes close to an hour.
At 7:30pm, after dinner in our house, I discovered my golden ticket to nightime freedom:
Me: Alright baby, time to practice the piano.
Plum: I am sooooo sooooo tired. I think I am going to sleep now.
Me (confused but cautiously overjoyed): Oh ok. Wow you are tired! Are you sure? You haven’t practiced your piano yet though.
Plum: Oh but I am just soooo tired.
8pm, lights out.
8:30pm found Plum sound asleep in her room. Ahhh…. Gotta remember that piano practice trick next time!