Parents have embraced it and their babies are thriving.” Europeans, especially the Danish have been putting their kids to sleep outside for eons and swear by it, in fact, it’s part of their culture, and not just at child care centres.It’s not uncommon to see kids bundled up outside during a Scandinavian winter, taking a nap in their strollers, even in sub zero temperatures.Studies by the Swedish Environmental protection agency noted mixed results, with some finding that pre-schoolers who spent more time outside (not only for napping) take fewer days off from school.
As you might imagine, this idea sends shivers down the spines of us, mothers here in Australia and many other countries, but that is their culture and kids sleeping outside is pretty normal to Nordic people.
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Outside play activities are just as important as inside activities, little people are inspired to learn wherever they are. Would you put your baby or toddler outside for their lunchtime nap?
Most Nordic parents wouldn’t give it a second thought. And one Australian child care centre is doing just that.