We've been doing this with 6 mo DS for a couple of weeks and are at the sitting by the cot, hand holding stage.
For the past 2 nights he's been great doing this - dropping off at bedtime and when he wakes, up to 5 times a night, this will send him off back to sleep (apart from 2 night feeds at 10/11pm & 2/3am).
My questions are 1. when we move to the next stage of sitting by the cot with no contact, how do I settle him during the night if he doesn't open his eyes to see that I'm there? 2. further down the line, when we get to moving away from the cot - the cot isn't opposite the door so when I move more than 5 foot away I'll be in the wardrobe :-/ or when I'm by/outside the door he won't be able to see me. What do I do then? 3. I do sing twinkle twinkle to him sometimes when settling him to sleep (which seems to calm him), at what stage do I carry this on until?