Outdoor Naps for Babies (Scandinavia)
Ever considered putting your baby or child outside in freezing cold weather for the daily nap? This is the tradition in most Scandinavian countries where it’s part of the daily routine. The belief is that the fresh cold air helps babies sleep and will also help them eat better.
Babies in some scandinavian countries sleep outside on the balcony or on the path while the parents browse in shops or enjoy a cup of coffee in a cafe. Some daycare centres in Sweden leave the babies out to rest even in temperatures as low as -5C!
The idea is that the children are less likely to catch colds by being exposed to fresh air in the summer or even in the depths of winter. Scandinavian parents believe that its no good for children to be stuck in the same room as 3o other kids for the whole day.
The Board of Health in Denmark actually recommends the practice. Some shops and cafes even have baby alarms built in that will alert the parents when their babies wake so they can go outside and retrieve them.