Recently, I read a post What’s Different in Denmark by Suzanne Price and found it very interesting, especially because there are a lot of similarities between what the Danish do with their babies and what my parents did with me in Russia. It seems that in many European countries parents hold by the philosophy that it's good for babies to sleep outside in any weather. Not only because they sleep better in the fresh air, but also because there are numerous health benefits to spending as much time outdoors as possible. Fresh air strengthens the immune system. Oxygen fights bacteria, viruses and pathogens, and so, in theory, the more oxygenated your body is, the healthier and more vigorous you will be. Of course, where I live in NY, the outdoor air is not exactly top quality, putting it mildly, but I've heard that even polluted outdoor air is still better than indoor air.
Going back to what Suzanne Price retold in her article from her Danish friends, it's so beautiful and amazing that where they live it's completely safe to leave a sleeping child in the stroller outside of a store or restaurant. It sounds like a completely different world. What a pity that parents can't have that level of security in most places in US. My mother-in-law told me that when my husband was an infant, she would leave him in a carriage outside of a store, and if he woke up and cried, any passerby would stop and rock the carriage.Can you imagine?
Check out the original What’s Different in Denmark post.