We have all heard the health benefits of fresh air for babies and it was once common practice for parents to wrap their babies up in a blanket and put them in their prams to sleep. Napping outside is very much a Scandinavian approach where afternoon nap-time in freezing temperatures isn’t uncommon. There are some facts behind letting babies nap outside and why it might be something that will work for your family as well:
- Babies who nap outdoors have better naps as the colder air helps them sleep longer.
- Babies who nap outdoors may have fewer colds. Spending more time outdoors decreases exposure to germs in enclosed spaces. (Check out this article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21537988)
- Babies who nap outdoors can nap everywhere … even when they get older….so they say!!
- Babies who nap outdoors are great to take with you on adventures like cross country skiing, hiking trips, canoe trips and traveling adventures.