After his first birthday I talked to my midwife and she mentioned how she was able to get her little girl to fall asleep on her own within 3 days. I was desperate for some sleep so I gave it a try.
The first day I laid him in the crib and rubbed his back until he finally fell asleep,which took a long time because he kept sitting up and making sure I wasn't going to leave him.
The each night you are suppose to move further from the crib and just shush him until you are completly out the door, we'll that didn't work so I had to keep rubbing his back. Finally, after about a week he was able to fall asleep on his own. That lasted until, well, we moved.
Pip is now two and I have to rock him until he's completely asleep, which can sometimes take an hour. As much as I love this kid, I don't want to be rocking an eighteen year old to sleep and he needs to be able to put himself to sleep again but it seriously breaks my heart when I lay him in bed and he's bawling asking me to rock him. So I pick him up and we'll try again tomorrow.
How did you get your kid to go to sleep on his own? I'll try anything.