Sleep training is such a contentious issue among parents. The way most of us were sleep trained by our parents is now considered, by many (or at least it feels that way), to be cruel. I read up on lots of different sleep methods and philosophies, but I definitely would've benefited from some of these tricks real parents use to sleep train.
In the end, I ended up using the controlled crying method. My partner and I would leave our son alone for a few minutes at a time, increasing the amount of time he was left alone in small increments and until he was able to go to sleep by himself. It was a very difficult transition for me, personally, and I felt a lot of guilt at the time. However, in what amounted to a relatively short amount of time (less than a week, actually) my son was sleeping easily in his own space. For some parents the idea of sleeping separately from their child is unthinkable. For others, the allure of a peaceful night's sleep without a kick in the face or a jab in the ribs is the stuff of parental dreams.
Whatever method you use to help your baby to go to sleep, please remember that you are practicing an essential lesson in self care (for all involved). We all need restful sleep to function day in and day out and at the capacity most parents are required to function. So, with that in mind, see if any of these tips and tricks from 11 parents could work for you: