hi there, i too followed this book using the lay down technique on my 8 month and after literally hours of laying down he was still not sleeping. he continued waking hourly overnight and standing, this went on for some weeks, with no relief. In fact i think he was just confused with doing the lay down then just standing in the room waiitng for him to fall asleep... he never did. Needless to say this book didn't work for us. What i did was pop him in bed and walk out, he stood up, but i kept out for 10 mins. he was yelling and cranky, but i perservered. anyway after an hour of going in and out he was asleep, he didn't wake for 4 hours which was unheard of. i fed him then, then he woke an hour or so later, called out for 5 mins and was asleep, then woke at 4, fed him and slept till 6 or so. Next day contiued the 'put in bed and just walk out technique' going in after 10 mins and he was asleep in 15 mins.... anyway continuing this for a week, he falls asleep after a 5 minute whinge and wakes at 11 and 4, then wakes at 8am. absolute bliss after waking hourly or more for the last 3 months or more. I thought he wouldn't know how to sit down and lie down, but somehow he managed. Is this mean? i don't think so, i tried co-sleeping, tried feeding whenever he wanted, bottom patting etc, but there is only so long both of us could continue waking hourly overnight or more. Now we are both happy. he is very happy during the day, and i'm just happy i can enjoy him during the day. hope this helps.