Would you put your baby or toddler outside in the freezing cold for their lunchtime nap? Most Nordic parents wouldn’t give it a second thought. For them, it’s part of their daily routine. 

What will surprise every tourist in winter you find in countries like Sweden, Denmark or Iceland series strollers for babies lined the sidewalks in front of cafes and restaurants? While parents drink coffee and tea, their babies sleep nicely covered at temperatures below zero, even if there are snow and wind lashing.

And if you are visiting friends and your child needs a nap, you may be offered the garden or balcony instead of a bedroom.

And when they get home, they take the afternoon nap amount babies carts on the terrace.  not to miss the sharp northern air.

In the yard, in every kindergarten, every afternoon strollers are lined with sleeping babies which shows that this is not just surgical parents but official health policy in these countries.

“When the temperature drops below -15 degrees shall mandatorily cover carts with blankets,” Brittmarie Carlzon, Pre-school head teacher from Stockholm told BBC.

Culture and tradition of Scandinavian nations custom to leave the kids to sleep on the cold has deep roots, and behind him stands the conviction that this practice creates healthy and resistant children.

Scandinavians are raised so that consider staying outdoors in all weather conditions is good for their children. So did their grandmothers and mothers, and so do they today. Besides being good for immunity, sleep a cool act on that babies sleep better and longer, according to Scandinavian parents.

According to a study conducted in Finland, the optimum temperature for sleeping babies outdoors is -5 degrees, although many parents say they leave their children to sleep outdoors and the amazing -30 degrees Celsius.

At Forskolan Orren, a pre-school outside Stockholm, all children sleep outside until they reach the age of three.

“When the temperature drops to -15C (5F) we always cover the prams with blankets,” says head teacher Brittmarie Carlzon.

“It’s not only the temperature that matters, it’s also how cold it feels. Some days it can be -15C but it actually feels like -20C (-4F) because of the wind,” she says. 

Prams outside a cafe
Image captionBabies often sleep outside cafes in Copenhagen too

“Last year we had a couple of days with a temperature of -20C. On those days we brought the prams inside some of the time the children were sleeping, but most of their sleep they spent outdoors.”

One group at the pre-school spends all its time outside, from 09:00 to 15:00 every day. Out in the fresh air, they do everything children normally do inside, only going inside at mealtimes, or in unusually cold weather.

The theory behind outdoor napping is that children exposed to fresh air, whether in summer or the depths of winter, are less likely to catch coughs and colds – and that spending a whole day in one room with 30 other children does them no good at all.