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To put my baby outside for naps.

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Whatwhatwhat Sun 28-Oct-12 10:01:42

Is there any downside to this?

I read that it's very normal in Scandanavia and it seemed very healthy to me. She's 11 months and is wrapped up very well. Normally in a weather proof all in one then her foot muff etc. Warm hat.

She's outside for I suppose 1 hour twice a day. Sometimes on a walk or just out the back.

Now that the weather is getting cold is there any downside? Anything I haven't thought about?

GrimAndHumourless Sun 28-Oct-12 10:02:46

no downside at ALL

presuming the pram is in a secure place natch if not on a walk

dexter73 Sun 28-Oct-12 10:03:58

I don't think I would like to go outside if I wanted to have a snooze - I would much rather be in a warm house. I don't have a problem with it, I just don't see the point in it.

BeyondLimitsOfTheLivingDead Sun 28-Oct-12 10:04:30

Only downside I can think of is that she may not nap inside when needed??

LST Sun 28-Oct-12 10:05:09

If we go out for a walk and DS falls asleep in his pram I leave him outside. Fresh air does em good!

Whatwhatwhat Sun 28-Oct-12 10:09:36

She naps so much better outside. Don't know why! I'd rather nap inside too Dexter but the fresh air seems to knock her out.

It's just out the backyard that I normally put her.

lovebunny Sun 28-Oct-12 10:10:02

used to be commonplace here, a couple of generations ago. babies were always put outside.

MrsKeithRichards Sun 28-Oct-12 10:10:42

Nothing wrong with it at all.

TwitchyTail Sun 28-Oct-12 10:11:00

A couple of our local nurseries do this as routine, even in the winter! The only exception is if the weather is foggy as apparently that can irritate the baby's lungs. Obviously in a secure area with plenty of wrapping up and frequent checks. Ofsted were perfectly happy with it in their reports so it seems reasonable enough. I'm all for a bit of fresh air.

I put both if mine outdoors if the weather wasn't shocking (so not today then, misty and raining. hmm ) and they slept so much better outside.

Shesparkles Sun 28-Oct-12 10:11:51

YANBU at all-my mum did I with me (almost all year round, to the point of having a hot water bottle in the pram!) and so I did it with my 2.

TiggyD Sun 28-Oct-12 10:11:58

Lots of nurseries put babies to sleep in prams in outdoor covered areas. Usually the nurseries with no sleep rooms.
Cool is good. Damp fresh air is good.
Cover the pram though. I always think of a certain Gary Larsen cartoon when I see babies in prams. 2 birds perched on the handle of a pram looking at a crying baby. One bird says to the other "I can't believe it's still hungry. I've been putting worms into it all day!"

dexter73 Sun 28-Oct-12 10:12:04

If she sleeps better then leave her outside.

SugariceAndScary Sun 28-Oct-12 10:12:07

When my children were babies [they're 17 , 15 and 13 now] you were encouraged to let them sleep outside as long as it wasn't damp, raining or bitterly bitterly cold and they were protected from cats, wasps etc.

BrittaPerry Sun 28-Oct-12 10:13:18

My nana always did it. We used to do it sometimes with dd1 and it worked well.

MrsKeithRichards Sun 28-Oct-12 10:14:17

I always think about how nice it is to sleep in a tent!

FlaminNoraImPregnantPanda Sun 28-Oct-12 10:16:21

I'm in Sweden. Tis true, babies nap outside here even when there's 6ft of snow and -15C.

Whatwhatwhat Sun 28-Oct-12 10:21:58

It's lashing rain now and the pram has the raincover on. I think the sound hypnotises her

Everlong Sun 28-Oct-12 10:37:18

It's fine as long as fully wrapped up.

I remember my friends dd who's now mid twenties would only ever sleep in her pram outside.

Every sodding night they had to wrap her up ( in all weathers ) put her in the pram and stick her in the garden.

They then had to carry the pram upstairs and quickly put her in the cot!

Sod that. grin

vampirestakeknickers Sun 28-Oct-12 10:39:25

grin TiggyD

redexpat Sun 28-Oct-12 10:46:03

Mine's outside right now. I live in Denmark and was strongly (but gently) encouraged by my HV to adopt the Danish way. DS gets fresh air every day. He sleeps better in the fresh air. Plus it means you can run the hoover round without worrying about waking him up. Make sure that the ears are covered though as being outside for that long can leave them more prone to ear infections.

valiumredhead Sun 28-Oct-12 10:51:20

Norland Nannies always used to do it!

I LOVE sleeping outside smile

OHforDUCKScake Sun 28-Oct-12 10:52:49

I sleep better in cold air.

I can quite imagine wrapping up warm and sleeping in a big comfy buggy.

Do it. She'd soon tell you if something was wrong.

CalamityJones Sun 28-Oct-12 10:57:46

My daughter loves it - she will only ever nap for 45 minutes inside, always been the case, but if she falls asleep in her pushchair when I get home I park her in the back garden with a blanket over her. Lovely fresh air, I can see her through my French doors, she's warm and safe - brilliant. And she'll sleep for ages that way (an hour and fifteen so far and she's still snoring away)

bigTillyMint Sun 28-Oct-12 10:59:52

My mum/aunties, etc all used to do it - it was the norm back then. Don't know why it changed confused

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