To leave my baby alone sleeping in the garden every day?

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TiffanyDoggett Mon 23-Jul-18 23:11:37

Always in the shade and I check him regularly to make sure he's not crying. I'm no advocate of CIO and it's purely because he sleeps well out there not because I won't hear him (as I suspect in times past it may have been the reason)!

I blame my Mum who always asks why he's napping indoors when she comes round and promptly asks if she can wheel him out in his Pram.

Does anyone else do this regularly?

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Singlenotsingle Mon 23-Jul-18 23:15:03

Yes, I used to when mine were babies. My mum used to do it with me. So long as its in the back garden with no access to passers by, and safe otherwise, its the best way of getting the DC to sleep.

MadMaryBoddington Mon 23-Jul-18 23:16:13

I did it with mine. It’s fine.

lozengeoflove Mon 23-Jul-18 23:16:21

Well I wouldn’t because we have a fox problem, but if baby is safe, then why not?

IamMoana Mon 23-Jul-18 23:19:09

I always did with my daughter from newborn until she dropped her naps age 3. Id Park her up, make a cuppa & sit in peace & quiet! Bliss. As long as you have an eye on her, fine. My mum did the same with me 35 years ago.

ParkheadParadise Mon 23-Jul-18 23:20:34

Yes did it with both of mine,summer and winter. They used to sleep for hours.

ThePrioryGhost Mon 23-Jul-18 23:22:27

Provided your baby is safe, you’re very much on trend!

I think it’s very common in Scandinavian countries - hardly surprising with all that lovely fresh air.


TiffanyDoggett Mon 23-Jul-18 23:23:22

Thank you, lovely replies 🙂.

Yes they do sleep so well out there. I know my siblings and I were always put out to sleep.

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TSSDNCOP Mon 23-Jul-18 23:26:30

Did it all the time with DS. There are photos of men blanketed up in my silver cross with snow on the pram cover.

TSSDNCOP Mon 23-Jul-18 23:26:53

Me not men confused

HildaZelda Mon 23-Jul-18 23:27:30

Yes absolutely. Once they're in the shade and you're checking on them every so often I can't see how it's any different from napping indoors.

IWantMyHatBack Mon 23-Jul-18 23:30:58

It feels weird to do it in this country, but all over the world its entirely normal.. Especially Scandinavia. Copenhagen has prams all over the place grin

TiffanyDoggett Mon 23-Jul-18 23:34:03

@TSSDNCOP sorry but your typo made me laugh so much grin

It's funny that I seem to be the only one I know that does this. It does seem natural.

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DamsonPie Mon 23-Jul-18 23:36:45

I’d be terrified to leave my baby outdoors unsupervised. Anything could happen! Abduction is the main concern but also a wasp, choking, crying, etc. My baby is never out of my sight for more than a couple of minutes.

Saloubalou Mon 23-Jul-18 23:44:28

Well what age is the baby? I did it once or twice but worried if I wasn't following the advice about having a baby in the room with you for all naps/sleeps till 6 months.

delphguelph Mon 23-Jul-18 23:45:10

Why would you not do this though?

TiffanyDoggett Mon 23-Jul-18 23:45:36

@DamsonPie I understand your concerns but don't really share them. I'm far more paranoid in my car in this heat and will stop and check him after 30 mins + driving blush

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MonkeySlutIsBlown Mon 23-Jul-18 23:46:55

I do this for DS. Sleeps so good and is hardly ever poorly. I do it in all weather conditions too, there's either a rain cover or fly net on the pram so nothing can get in with him. It's the only time I can have a coffe while it's still lukewarm grin

Damson that's lovely but some parents do enjoy an hours peace and quiet while their baby naps outside. And I am sure that the parents take into consideration the nearly non existent very small risks before doing so. Not everyone wants to stare at their PFB all day, some of us do enjoy a bit of down time and there is nothing wrong with that.

TiffanyDoggett Mon 23-Jul-18 23:47:15

He's 3 m. At night he sleeps right next to me but nap times no. He's not my first and his nap time is time to do other stuff.

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WarPigeon Mon 23-Jul-18 23:51:28

Fool, What if your baby gets eaten by a bear!! 🐻

Vickyyyy Mon 23-Jul-18 23:54:06

I would have done this if the weather was good when mine were little. Just check on them every now and again..its not really any different to them being in your living room tbh, except they are getting fresh air too, so bonus.

VanGoghsDog Mon 23-Jul-18 23:55:27

You can get bug nets for prams.

I trained as a nursery nurse and we used to line all the old Silver Cross prams up outside the nursery, it was great. Fog was the only time we didn't.
It helps babies get used to circadian rhythms, they need to get daylight in their eyelids in the afternoon, so a nap outside or trip out is very beneficial and good for sleep.

TiffanyDoggett Mon 23-Jul-18 23:55:44

@WarPigeon I have bear proofed the garden obvs grin

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WarPigeon Mon 23-Jul-18 23:56:22

Aha, then I take back my fool comment 😎

TiffanyDoggett Mon 23-Jul-18 23:56:56

That's interesting about their circadian rhythms. It makes complete sense and is another bonus.

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