We are attempting to sleep train our one-year old daughter. Have her put into her crib when she appears sleepy/tired at a relative set time.

Most methods that we have researched have the child distraught for a period of time. Only difference between methods is how long child is distraught before comfort and re-assurance is given.

This is a problem for us, as our daughter has become so worked-up that she has vomited. We'll attempt longer time between last bottle and sleep.

Note we have the crib in the bedroom and we are there when she is put into crib, so I do not believe this is separation issues. Currently, we put her in our bed and when she falls asleep, move her, gently, to her crib.

Alternative methods or suggestions?

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    My 7 month daughter needs a 10 mins cuddle after her last meal to burp and be ready to sleep. I do it in a dark room with gentle music and when she's about to fall asleep, I lay her down into her crib. Then she falls asleep on her own. If I lay her down to early, she has gas and vomits. Hope it's helpful. Commented Jun 15, 2021 at 10:47

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This is maybe not the answer you're looking for, but it is based on my own experience, might give you some reassurance and will hopefully spur someone on to write a better answer.

Backstory: My child was a "happy chucker". Nothing physically wrong but they could vomit quite quickly and would do so when upset. If I'm honest, I probably used it as an excuse not to sleep train at a time when it felt like there was a lot of pressure to get them "sleeping on their own". I did the calculation and figured out that a few nightly minutes sitting with them was less hassle than (possibly) a few nights of mild distress and lots of washing. In hindsight, I might have got that calculation wrong, but I don't regret it.

Instead, I made an attempt at a "gradual retreat" method with a bedtime routine. Started off holding them in the big bed and transferring them to their cot. Then into the cot with me right next to them (hand holding), then a little bit further away. I made it as far as a chair in their room with them in their own bed, armed myself with my (muted) tablet and would sit there, after the bedtime story, reading until they fell asleep - about 15 minutes of "me-time" nightly. It wasn't a hardship for me (introvert!), and other-parent was capable of following the same routine. Sometimes we'd even offer (or compete!) to do bedtime.

Rules were no talking because "it is sleep time now" (I was strict on that), no getting up (unless for toilet or emergency), and I used some sort of lullaby music, too. I was also very boring during that time - I was there, but I could have been asleep for all I was doing.

I'll warn you, though, doing it this way, you're looking at months or maybe years of boring nightly me-time with your tablet. But my offspring (eventually) went to bed at bed-time and stayed there until "sun up" - even on Christmas Eve/Day!

I didn't solve the problem quickly, but I did solve it gently. Just like a lot of things, one night you'll put them to bed, and it'll be the last night that they need you to do that. You won't know which night that is.

Some of my ideas probably came from "The No-Cry Sleep Solution".

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