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No, it didn't really work for us. I did learn a lot about sleep cycles, and it did help us to create a bedtime routine, so I will say that the book does have some benefit.
We tried it in two different cycles, when DD was around 9 mos, and then again around 11 mos. The PPO just made her angry, and the constant clock-watching just made me even more obsessed with it, and more resentful of how frequently she was waking. We had many months of DD waking every 45-90 minutes, all night. And TinyBabyBean, I'm sorry to disagree with you, but it was incredibly hard on me, physically and mentally.
She's 15 months now, and sleeping 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours at a stretch, but I think the only thing that has really made a difference is transitioning her into her own sleeping space. She's now in the pack 'n play right next to our bed, and I actually get up and take her to the rocking chair to nurse her when she wakes. I found that if I nursed her in bed, she would latch on and only nurse for 30 seconds or so, and then drift off to sleep - with my nipple in her mouth! So of course she was getting hungry more often at night (and I wasn't getting any good sleep, and my back was always in knots!!). Now, I take her into her room, nurse her fully from both breasts, and then put her back into her PnP. I usually bring her back into bed with us between 5:00 and 6:00am, but her sleep is always very restless when she's in bed with us...so mainly that time is more for cuddling and nursing for comfort than sleeping.
I guess what I have come to think about the whole sleep issue is that there is no magic cure or easy solution. Some kids are sound sleepers from the beginning and some aren't, and I think that there is really only so much you can do about it if your child is one of the latter.
Ever-evolving mama to my beautiful Brynn, and my little dimple-face Noah .