Im new on here, but I just saw your post and we did the same thing with our baby and I totally agree with you that the crying method is worth it!
At 2 months he was having 1 feed during the night and over a period of about a week that feed eventually got later and later until finally it was 7am when I would feed him. He would still wake in the night sometimes, perhaps out of habit rather than hunger and thats when we would use the crying method.
Hubby and I read this book called "OH Baby...Birth,Babies and Motherhood Unsensored" by Kathy Fray, and in it she described the controlled crying methods in combination with other things you can do to assist with this....eg swaddling, having a routine that baby can look forward to, putting baby in bed awake...etc.. She also said that crying is a natural way that babies unwind and relax.... they cant read books or watch telly..., thats thier way of unwinding to go to sleep. We shouldnt feel bad about this. I mean, I didnt let bubs cry for hours on end, but a 20 mins or so (and checking on him every few mins) can instigate a huge change. Our bubs didnt protest much and we didnt have to stay up listening to him cry, and now he goes to sleep without a peep.
I know this sounds mean, but after bubs had good cry, he would sleep more soundly and for much longer. So in the long term its better that we install good sleeping habits than feel bad about a few nights of bubs crying.
I believe that when bubs understands that YOU are the boss not him, he will sleep better. They generally dont just magically do it themselves! So from 2 months he has been sleeping right through until 6-7am. Hes 7 months now and doing great, not to mention hubby and I who are getting our full nights sleep again.!
Anyways its great that you have also had success with this method and I hope other mums give it a go, it is worth it!
P.S I dont want to start a debate.... I know that every baby is different and will respond differently to various methods... this is just what has worked for us (and many others). smile
Sita, Nz, Syam 7-12-05