The whole controlled crying idea of mine was halted in it's tracks by my wife and mother-in law before I could even try it for one night. I tried my best to go through with it, even really psyching myself up and doing all the research I could beforehand. Best laid plans always go awry and in my case even before I had a chance to do anything.
My boy's molars are coming in one by one. So that is the cause of the disruption of his sleep and wakeful nights, according to my wife. It would be cruel for us to just let him cry when all he wants is to be comforted during his painful moments.
I still think that most of the time he cries for attention and is unable or unwilling to settle himself to sleep without us being there. The teething is one thing but sometimes he smiles and want to play at 4am. That surely is unacceptable.
He will be a year old in a couple of weeks. His teething will continue for another few more months at least, maybe even longer. I have a very patient wife who is willing to nurse him back to sleep every night no matter how many times he wakes up. She is a saint and he is very lucky but I doubt if that is going to teach him proper sleeping habits.
It won't be long before he can walk himself out of the room and do whatever he wants. If he can't sleep through the night by then, we might have a real problem. Just imagine us fast asleep and him walking around being a hazard to himself. That is a scary thought.