Parents Are Leaving Their Infants Out In Freezing Temperatures For the Most Fascinating Reason | 22 Words

Understandably, most new parents are quick to keep their babies out of harm's way, which includes extreme temperatures, hot or cold.

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Well, in Scandinavia, they do things a little differently.

In the northern countries, temperatures are regularly below freezing, but you'll still babies sleeping in their strollers outside.

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The climate is so cold that keeping children inside during the cold would mean they're pretty much housebound for five months a year, which wouldn't be good for their mental, social, or physical development.

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In fact, believe it or not, parents will often line up their strollers outside of stores so their babies can sleep while they go in and shop!

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Even at home, if the mom or dad is having company over, parents will actually wheel their kids OUTSIDE to sleep.

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There's a good reason for this. Babies tend to sleep VERY well in the cold, provided their bundled up. They're not only better-rested, but they fall asleep faster.

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The cold isn't viewed as dangerous, but rather as healthy. So the practice is passed down generationally.

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One grandmother, whose daughter practices the cold-sleeping technique on her child, says, “It was important for her to get fresh air and stay healthy."

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For nap time, day care centers move the children outside all at once for naps! They sleep outside until they're about three.

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The precautions they take are pretty basic, according to this day care worker. “When the temperature drops to 5 ºF we always cover the prams with blankets. It’s not only the temperature that matters, it’s also how cold it feels."

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Outdoor time is considered so important in Sweden that kids are regularly kept outside to play from the hours or 9 AM to 3 PM, coming inside only for food and the restroom.

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Many believe the time outside limits exposure to germs and sicknesses that spread in enclosed spaces.

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Tests have proven that time outside benefits the mind and also results in more restful sleep later.

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In fact, one study shows babies sleep 50% longer outside than they do inside. That's a big difference and benefit to new parents!

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They're also very tightly swaddled for warmth, which could explain the deeper sleep.

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A study found that the ideal temperature for leaving your baby outside for a nap is a frigid 23 degrees, though it's done at much lower temperatures in Sweden.

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However, the results of the studies are in dispute, and many feel the risk of exposure isn't worth the reward.

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Some studies show children spending time outside registered fewer sick days at school, but other studies found the opposite.

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So while the jury is still out on this foreign practice, it sure is interesting, especially for new parents who would love to see their kid sleep 50% longer.