Letting Babies Sleep Outside in the Freezing Cold

Warm and cozy is for weak babies. To ensure strong Viking-worthy children, Nordic parents regularly leave their babies to sleep outdoors in the freezing cold:

Would you put your baby or toddler outside in the freezing cold for their lunchtime nap? Most Nordic parents wouldn't give it a second thought. For them it's part of their daily routine.

Daytime temperatures this winter in Stockholm have regularly dropped to -5C (23F) but it's still common to see children left outside by their parents for a sleep in the pram.

Wander through the snowy city and you'll see buggies lined up outside coffee shops while parents sip on lattes inside.

And if you are visiting friends and your child needs a nap, you may be offered the garden or balcony instead of a bedroom.

Helena Lee of BBC News explains: Link (Photo: Asa Eriksson)

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That's interesting! Thanks for your input, Hedwig.

The article did say that Nordic babies that sleep outside in the cold are supposed to be healthier (and get fewer colds), but obviously there's no solid studies done on that.
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Here in Eastern Europe, that is a common practice as well. The baby, however is always well-wrapped and protected from the cold air. I'm not exactly sure of the benefits of the practice but people here are nearly religious about doing it. What's odd, though, is that these same babies grow up being wrapped to within an inch of their lives whenever they go outside, no matter the temperature, are kept well away from any and all drafts (never have 2 windows open if they're going to create a cross draft in a room, for instance) and in general, seem to be much more sickly than good old American babies (where I come from) who get to run around outside with no hat and barefoot as soon as it gets remotely warm.
As far as risking having your baby kidnapped- I've seen many babies in enclosed backyards or being pushed in their stroller in the city.
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Quite apart from all the other dangers that come to mind at the idea of leaving a baby sleeping outside unattended... I live in Colorado where the air is very dry in winter and we have housewide and individual humidifers going constantly, to keep our mucous membranes from cracking and bleeding all winter long, not to mention dealing with 'The Colorado Itch'... and baby skin is thin and delicate. Not a problem in New York or Scandanavia?
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