Did you know, that most babies in Finland and other parts of Scandinavia are taking their daytime naps outside during the first year of their lives?? Yes, even during wintertime.
From the age of two weeks, the babies are usually put into their strollers and pushed outside.
There are many benefits that have been proven to be true:
- Babies may sleep better and longer outdoors. Getting enough sleep is essential for the brain development.
- Kids sleeping outside may have better resistance to contagious diseases.
- The baby, who can sleep in the strollers, can have a nap anywhere. It will for sure be difficult to put a baby sleeping in other bedrooms than your own, but with outside-napping baby you are free to go anywhere, anytime, even when the nap time is approaching.
- In addition, parents may notice that the baby sleeps better and longer in moving strollers, so they might be ‘forced’ to go for a walk outside themselves, too. That is a great way to take some time for yourself - fresh air and light exercise have proven to be a very good way to keep your head in balance in the roller coaster that’s sometimes called family life.
However, there are some things to remember for safety reasons:
- The temperature limit for outside napping is -10C. And in such temperatures the baby needs to be dressed accordingly. Read our blog post about winter clothes for more tips.
- Always keep the baby pram in a place where you are able to keep an eye on it.
- It is good to use a baby monitor to make sure you will hear if anything happens in the pram.
- In the summertime, remember to cover the pram with a mosquito net. Make sure that cats or other animals are not able to get in.
- Keep the pram in shade, never in direct sunlight.
Napping outdoors is a habit that all babies should try - the benefits are really worth it!