Originally Posted by Ellp
My neighbor across the street is a new immigrant from Russia and she mentioned that she does this with her baby (now 1). Get them to sleep and lay them down in a stroller on their back deck (fenced). Put the baby monitor on and you can do whatever you like noise-wise inside the house.
She said this is what they do in Russia and it makes the babies sleep longer. In winter you just bundle them up really well!
I don't know if she realized that we get wildcats, raccoons and bears in our area...
Originally Posted by BarnMomma
Not defending a baby left ALONE outside to nap but I know DS sleeps like a rock when he naps outdoors. Hubby and I would bundle up ds and walk him in the stroller and he'd fall asleep. When we came home I"d park the stroller, and just sit next to him and read on the deck. Winter/spring/summer/fall. He'd sleep 3+ hours and wake up SO happy.
Fresh air is fantastic for babies and kids. Our ped even suggested sleeping with the window open at night (in winter) and it made a huge difference in all of our sleep quality. We all just bundle up under our down comfoters and wear fuzzy wool PJs. The body heat alone keeps us cozy and the freah air at night is so clearing and refreshing. Good for the immune system too!
This is actually a common thing all over northern Europe. While I used to put DS on the deck where I could see him (I'd keep an eye on him from the other side of the window, just in case a cat were to jump into the stroller) DS would nap outside all year long while we were living in Norway. Even in 10 degree F weather. It's brilliant, because the fresh air is so good for them and if they are bundled up well, they are nice and warm. (People there have strollers and sleeping bags that are warmer than the ones you typically find here in the States.) DS never sleeps as well indoors, and he gets irritable quicker if he's been inside for a long time. People sleep with the windows open in the winter there too. As long as you have warm bedding, it's a great way to sleep.
Again--not defending leaving a baby completely unsupervised...(though people do that quite often in Europe and you never hear of anything happening)...and while child abductions hardly ever happen (unlike the US) there is always the worry that a cat might get into the netting that covers the stroller or a dog jump up at it...or something.
Sorry, just had to comment. If a similar thread were posted on a European board, people would probably say it was crazy that American babies sleep inside all the time (not to mention, stay inside all winter.) It's all cultural differences...