Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Cure for Colic?

I'm almost afraid to write this post because I don't want to jinx the situation, but I'm going to take the risk. As I mentioned in a previous post, Helina began sleeping through the night at 6 weeks. I'm told told this is quite unusual. Prior to 4 weeks, Helina slept between 3 to 4 hours--not great, but certainly nothing to complain about. Then, at four weeks, she suddenly began sleeping 6 hours at night--much better.  And at 6 weeks, she jumped to 8 hours a night, and she has consistently slept between 8 and 10 hours since.  It is AWESOME.

Sleepy Sailor
In addition to sleeping through the night, Helina also doesn't fuss when we put her down for the evening. In fact, the first night she slept in her own room, she only cried for about 30 seconds (although it felt like an eternity), before slipping into a deep sleep. Now, after her evening feeding, we simply plop her into her crib (while she is still awake) and she falls asleep for the night almost immediately. Sometimes she'll fuss a bit, but only momentarily.

As much as I would like to attribute our baby's ability to sleep through the night to something that Eric and I are doing, I'm pretty sure we just got (extremely) lucky. Both Eric and I are expert sleepers, so it is no surprise that Helina has a talent for it, too.

Despite a possible genetic predisposition for drowsiness, I can't help but wonder if Sea Gem has something to do with Helina's knack for sleeping. Many of our guests comment on how relaxed they feel aboard our boat, and even my mom, who is one of the most active people I know, seems practically sedate while aboard. Other evidence that points to Sea Gem is what happens when Eric and I stay on land for the night--we don't sleep, or rather, we can't (not very well anyway).

This phenomena seems to extend beyond sleep though. I've noticed that, during the day, Helina is extremely calm. Although this may just be part of her personality and natural disposition, I think the gentle motion of the water and coziness of the sailboat promotes tranquility, which helps produce a calm little baby.

So is it the boat or the baby? I guess the only way to know for sure is to bring a bunch of colicy babies aboard and see what happens. Sadly, I'm unwilling to conduct such an experiment aboard our sailboat, but I'd certainly be interested to read the results of such a study if someone else wants to take that one on.


  1. Maybe I could get funding to conduct such a study...

  2. Yes - do it! Helina slept on land last night and it was a DISASTER! We're back on the boat tonight--hopefully she'll slip back into her routine.

  3. This is something that I was very curious about! I am glad that it seems to be a big bonus to living on the boat. We got lucky with both girls, but they tend to have some bad nights (usually in a string of 3-5 lol). When we travel Chloe especially would have a terrible first night in a new place. The second night was always better, but from 6 months to about 18 months one of us would not get much sleep the first night of a trip.

  4. I'm happy to report she slept for 10 hours last night--a substantial improvement from the previous night when she slept (er, didn't sleep) on land. Ryan, I agree with you that a new place seems to take its toll on their sleep patterns. I told Eric that the next time we visit his parents, we may have to sleep on their boat :)