I have a 19 month old DD who has never been a great sleeper (sometimes up 6 -9 times a night and slept in our bed a lot which was a bit of a squash but better then no sleep) and now she is finally CONSISTENTLY having good nights. We have been doing ok for about a month now (only waking up once or twice a night - except for 4 nights of a heavy cold) and the other night she slept through (8.30pm - 5.15 am)-(well I call that sleeping through) for the SECOND TIME EVER!! What made it better is that I slept for 6 hours of that time which is my biggest sleep for 19 months!! I felt I could do anything when I woke up! I guess I just wanted to post this to let others know that you don't have to do controlled crying or push your baby away or wean (she is still breastfed) to get a bit of rest. Most children will work it out for themselves as they get older. There is a light at the end of the tunnel even for parents of the most challenging sleeper.