Nordic napping

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suedehead Fri 22-Feb-13 08:37:49

So, I spotted this one this morning:
www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21537988

Whilst at first you may think 'blimey', I can actually see the logic! Anyone tried this? Do you reckon it leads to healthier children?

Are we all just paranoid about someone nicking our babies...!?

LiseO Fri 05-Dec-14 22:59:58

Does anyone know if nordic napping is illegal in the UK?

elizabethaaliyah Wed 27-Feb-13 13:39:14

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MyNameIsAnAnagram Tue 26-Feb-13 21:38:58

Mine slept much better outside so I used to walk him round the block he was asleep then park him at the patio doors, I thought that was just normal? Will do the same with no 2 as well.

MELanglands Tue 26-Feb-13 15:00:59

I used to put my baby outside in her carry cot on our flat balcony. We lived in Germany and in winter the temperatures were sometimes around freezing. I think it made her more resistant to germs.

Martha75 Tue 26-Feb-13 12:39:16

My three all slept outside in their nice warm pram winter and summer - however I never put them out in fog or rain which we seem to get a lot of just lately. We were given a M&P pram for our granddaughters to use when they come, but it has nowhere to attach a harness, I wouldn't leave a baby without strapping it in.

desidesosa Tue 26-Feb-13 10:15:46

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Notnowcato Mon 25-Feb-13 17:30:18

Yep, that was what happened to me and my sister in the 1960s in Yorkshire. Good long naps outside everyday, and we were both born in November. My sister was born in 1962, and we all know what sort of a winter that was!!

Don't think we benefitted from those lovely, high-tech materials to keep us warm either. We had wool blankets, knitted cardis and a silver cross pram.

Not sure whether we were healthier or not: I suffered from dreadful tonsillitis and chilblains all through my childhood!! But I suppose we do both like to be outdoors even in the winter.

My sister now lives in Sweden and we have visited her in December, Jan, Feb, March, April … winter does last a long time! I think if you live there, you have to be used to be outside when it's cold. Three and four year old children gather at their nurseries when it is still dark in the morning and play in a sub-zero, floodlit playground until it's time to go inside. It's just how life is lived in the winter.

ppeatfruit Mon 25-Feb-13 15:51:04

"a bit cross" mummytoMog shock I'd 've been bleedin' frothing at the mouth!!!! and I wouldn't left MIL in charge again.

MummytoMog Mon 25-Feb-13 15:46:27

I was a bit cross when my MIL left my teeny DD at the bottom of the garden asleep in her pushchair, but the garden is 100ft long, you can't see the bottom from the house and we have a family of bloody horrible foxes at the bottom of the garden, who had recently eaten all our chickens and probably would have quite fancied a newborn for a light snack dingo ate my baby time otherwise I'm all for kiddies being out in the cold, well wrapped up. We took ours out for a lovely walk in the snow last month, they adored it.

ppeatfruit Mon 25-Feb-13 14:51:00

"it works where your garden is enclosed" Erm.... foxes can climb and dig unless you have electric fencing I wouldn't do it!

BadRoly Mon 25-Feb-13 14:01:48

My neighbour's mother was convinced dd2 lived in our garage! I had 3 school runs a day when dd2 was born (in November) so she slept mostly in the pram. I wrapped her up and left her in her pram in the garage to sleep if she went off on one of the school runs.

Didn't know it had a name though wink

HelenaLee Mon 25-Feb-13 13:56:37

Thanks all for reading my article. I'm finding your contributions here really interesting

Twattergy Mon 25-Feb-13 13:54:19

I haven't left ds outside for a nap but definitely do take him out in the freezing weather in his buggy for walks/naps. When he was 3mo we whacked him in the Bjorn and strapped him to DH and went snow-shoeing in the park! He fell asleep v quickly! When it's super cold I seem to be the only one with him in the park, so I do sometimes wonder if other people avoid going out in the cold. In my mind, cold weather is no problem for little ones as long as they are dressed properly. There does seem to be something 'health giving' in cold fresh air, although I think that's just in my imagination rather than based on any medical fact!

EskSmith Mon 25-Feb-13 13:42:31

DD1 had all her naps outside on our veranda from 9 months. It was where she slept best and right for her. DD2 was happiest in her cot so that is where she slept.
I don't understand what the difference is between a pram being pushed and being stationary, they still need to be wrapped up appropriately. If I was happy to take her out for a walk then by definition she would be warm enough outside stationary too no?

I think some parents forget that babies stay the same temperature stationary or moving whereas those walking get cold when they stop.

radiohelen Mon 25-Feb-13 13:38:22

I put my little one outside in the cold. I did until I found a fox sniffing round his pram in the middle of the day. Heart in mouth moment, I went out and yelled and flapped and the damn thing went for me. I didn't leave him outside again. It probably works OK where you know your garden is enclosed and therefore safe.

We were put outside like this in enormous old-fashioned prams in the early 1960's. My very earliest memories are of looking up at sky framed by the huge pram hood and throughout my childhood I always associated being tucked up in my pram with warmth, comfort and security! I even used the memory of being cozy in my pram to "self-soothe" myself to sleep - these were the days when getting out of bed was a punishable offence for small children and there was no heating upstairs anyway, so it was freezing cold at night!

Thumbwitch Mon 25-Feb-13 12:09:40

My DS1 would definitely have overheated - he was a December baby in the UK and could never wear a snowsuit out - he had his cotton sleepsuit and a fleece hooded coat, with a single blanket - that was enough. He used to overheat so easily. DS2 is pretty similar.

ppeatfruit Mon 25-Feb-13 12:01:14

One of the other things I would worry about is overheating especially in under 3 month olds'.

undercoverhousewife Mon 25-Feb-13 11:14:20

Isn't there a "diving reflex" that means that, especially in small children and babies, heart rate and respiration lowers when there is cold air on the face (I think this is how some babies survive being underwater for a few minutes if it is cold enough)? I am guessing that helps explain the good sleep.

As a baby, I was put for hours at the end of the garden and would have done with mine BUT FOR THE FOXES. Here in the London suburbs, we are overrun and they are often in the garden at dusk, playing, so no way could I be happy leaving a baby outside unattended.

Jux Mon 25-Feb-13 09:26:12

Air is the same whether you take your children/babies out in it or leave the pram parked up outside. If that's what they (and you) are breathing then it's what you're breathing. Doesn't make any difference whether you're going down the shops/park with the baby in the pram, or putting the baby in the pram outside for a nap.

ppeatfruit Mon 25-Feb-13 09:19:37

Erm.. hmm confused shallweshop Unless you have a newly invented remote control for pushing the pram then YOU are actually there while pushing .If the pram and baby are 'parked up' you are NOT there!

abbyfromoz Mon 25-Feb-13 06:11:56

Did this when visiting friends in Denmark. Would never do it ere in London... Insanity. But the air is fresher and cleaner there and bubbas are all wrapped up toasty and snuggly buggly. Fresh air has so many health benefits.

MariscallRoad Sun 24-Feb-13 23:29:14

well, in my London neighbourhood we don’t have clean air whether snow or not snow and would not recommend. Very much pollution because of traffic. I had collected one winter the top snow that had fallen on our hedge, put it in a plastic container, sparkling white and waited for it melt. When it did so there was a black line around the box which tells me the air was poluted and the dirt was collected by the snow as it fell.

MariscallRoad Sun 24-Feb-13 23:05:56

It would not work with every baby though! Some don’t like sleeping during the day. Mine did not want to sleep in the day.

shallweshop Sun 24-Feb-13 22:10:25

FFS 'Nordic napping' - just normal parents taking their kids out in their normal environment. The children are actually wrapped up in their snowsuits, blankets etc. Does it make a difference that they are parked up outside somewhere or if they are being pushed around outside?

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