No one talks about sleeping (and not sleeping) more than parents of babies and young children. Those precious creatures whom we adore all day turn into slumber hijackers once the sun goes down. And just to keep you on your toes, they drop a sleep regression on you once you think they've committed to sleeping a solid eight hours. When this common phase sets in, you may want to choose one of the sleep regression strategies that don't involve crying it out, because you have more than one card to play in this game.
Sleep regressions can happen at different points throughout early childhood, but are no reason to panic. As the Baby Sleep Site pointed out, nighttime habits change as your baby's brain develops. Although this phase of unpredictable sleeping habits can put a damper on your Zs, there are ways to get your little one back on track. Each parent feels differently about their baby crying it out. If this doesn't feel right for you, don't feel pressured to use this method. What works for your neighbor may not be right for you. Stick with your instincts and opt for a tearless approach.
If you're looking for alternatives to the cry it out method, give some of these nine ideas a try to help you and your baby get more shut eye.