Take a walk around the wintry streets of Sweden’s capital city and it won’t be unusual to spot a stroller or two lined up on the sidewalks. In it will be a peacefully sleeping baby, blissfully unaware of any fuss. Meanwhile, parents will be inside going about their daily business.
Even when paying a visit to a friend’s house, if the child needs a nap, few expect to be offered a spare room. Instead, the back yard or porch is more likely to be offered, even in Arctic-like temperatures. But this is no modern fad in Nordic parenting, or even anything to be alarmed about.
Lisa Mardon, a Stockholm-based mom-of-three has been putting her kids outside to nap since birth. Two-year-old Alfred, the youngest of her three children, spends 90 minutes sleeping outdoors every day. He actually went through this curious ritual twice a day in his younger life.