Babies outside in the cold.

Anette - posted on 11/29/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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A few days ago my husband was on a site called reddit and he found that it was normal for parents in Nordic cities to leave children unattended outside during cold weather months. http://joannagoddard.blogspot.dk/2011/09...



Numerous commenters, many of them from Norway, Finland, or Sweden, said that this is a very common practice. Many daycares will also have naptime outside under a covered awning down to 50 degrees. And after that they give the baby a balaklava until it gets even colder.



I found it discussed here but it has been since closed for debate: http://www.circleofmoms.com/welcome-to-c... That seemed very concerned about someone walking around for just an hour.



What does circle of moms think?

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Charity_knox - posted on 07/10/2013

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Yes, I find it fascinating to learn of others cultures. Unfortunately most communities in America are not safe to just leave the kids out and I don't know if I would feel comfortable doing that for long.
In my personal humble opinion I find that many American moms are overly protective of cold temperatures. Sure we all agree we wouldn't leave the 3 month old out in 18 degree weather without a coat but I think kids should learn to have fun in all temperature spectrum and be safe. We don't need to keep our kids cooped up inside all day that's what they make hats,coats, mittens and blankets for and sprinklers and cold drinks for the heat. I know a few moms who literally don't go outside all winter and summer and constantly talking about it being too cold or too hot to go outside and it drives me bonkers. One of a long list of reasons our country is overweight.

Mary - posted on 11/29/2012

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I think I may have participated in that old thread ;)



I agree with Dennika - it's obviously a cultural norm there. I'm jealous that they live in a place where they feel safe enough to leave a sleeping baby outside in a stroller, regardless of the weather.



As for the cold...I'm a big believer that kids should be outdoors as much as possible. Even in the dead of winter here, I have had my daughter outside for a minimum of one hour a day since she was an infant. There is no point in buying winter coats and snow suits if you're not going to use them!



I guess I'm lucky that I have two dogs that were used to be walked a few miles a day before she was born. I'm not sure if I would have been as good about having her outside quite as much as I do if it weren't for them. By the time she was 8 weeks old, I had mastered the art of babywearing to the point that I felt comfortable and confident enough to wear her and walk my boys. It was January, so I just put her in a fleece sleeper, popped a hat on her, and put my husband's winter jacket over both of us. From the very first outing, she absolutely loved it. Not only that, but she would sleep like a champ afterwards (she usually fell asleep about a half hour into it!).



She is 4 now, and those dog walks are still a twice-daily part of our routine, although she is now walking independently. Unless it is absolutely pouring down rain, we take them on one big, hour+ walk either in the morning or after lunch, and a shorter 15-20 minute walk after dinner. Cold weather is much less of a deterrent for us than extremely hot weather; my boys are getting on in years, and can't tolerate long walks in the heat.



I'm not claiming that her daily outdoor exposure is the sole reason for this, but my kid is exceptionally healthy. No allergies whatsoever, and she has only needed antibiotics twice in her 4 years - and both times they were ear infections related to teething and excessive drooling. She's also a pretty good sleeper. We have no fights or issues at bedtime, and the girl still takes an hour-long nap almost every day.

Denikka - posted on 11/29/2012

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It's a cultural thing. For them, it's safe. Not much different than not locking your door when you leave or at night in a small community. They do things a lot differently over in Europe and that side of the world. I see nothing wrong with it. Doing it in America or in Canada though...absolutely not. It's illegal for one, and for another, it's just not safe here.



As for sleeping out in cold weather, why not? As long as the kid is bundled up, I see nothing wrong with it. I know my kids always sleep WAY better when we've gone out during the day. Even if it's just a quick, 15 minute stroller ride. Just the fresh air totally knocks them out.

I can remember when I was younger, all dressed up in my snow suit, flopping down in a snow bank and catching a quick nap (usually about 15-20 minutes) before someone found me and made me get up and go inside or whatever. I always woke up nice and toasty (even more so than when I had been playing).



I think a lot of parents are over protective of their kids nowadays. I know my MiL was constantly freaking out about what I would let my child wear (INSIDE!!) after he was first born. I usually had him in just a diaper, or a very thin onsie (he was born the middle of March, so still during the cold months). She would freak out that he would be so cold, that he was going to get sick, etc etc etc.

The thing is, if I put him in anything heavier, he'd over heat. If I put him in a heavy onsie, he would flush, sweat, cry and just be miserable. And it's not like we kept the house exceptionally warm. it was generally on the cooler side because I can't stand the heat either.



To each their own. It's obviously not harming the children, so who am I to say anything.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/29/2012

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I don't want to bash someone elses culture, but that would be a hell no for me. I would feel very uncomfortable leaving my child alone, and especially outside in the cold. I get why people would do it as far as the outside napping would go, but it just isn't for me. If I saw it, I think I would be frantically looking for the parents.

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