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How to Nap a Baby In the Snow {a repost}

 (Since I’m out of town today, I’m taking this opportunity to repost of one of my most popular blog posts from 2013: How to Nap a Baby In the Snow. Enjoy!)

Hello Monday and Hello Finland! I’m spending a few weeks in Finland with my new grandson. So I thought I’d share with you the unique Finnish custom of how to nap a baby in the snow. *gasp!*

Actually, the Finns nap their babies outdoors all through the year. It helps the baby adapt to the harsh weather and keeps the baby healthy. The photo below is really how it looks outside the front window this morning. We woke up to the gentle sight of falling snow.

My American friends want to know if my kids are still napping Eli, age 4 months, outdoors several times a day. So to calm fears and lower stress levels for my friends who freak out over this sort of thing, my answer is “Yes, they still do this for a few hours every morning and afternoon.” Here’s how it is done:

Step 1 of how to nap a baby in the snow

Dress baby in warm clothing of several layers.

Step 2

Add another layer.

Step 3

Add another layer.

By this time the baby is already knocked out because he knows the nap routine.

Step 4

Carry baby to stroller.

Step 5

Put baby in a stroller’s ” special sleeping bag.”

Step 6

Put baby monitor in stroller.

Step 7

Fold down special flaps of stroller.

Step 8

Roll baby out to porch.

Step 9

Check baby’s neck to be sure it is not too hot or cold. *grandma sigh*

Step 10

Go out on a date with husband while grandparents babysit.

The baby will sleep soundly for several hours.

So there you have it folks. Quite a legacy that’s been handed down from generation to generation of Finnish babies.

Comments? Questions? Freak out reactions? Add your two cents in the comment section below.

Have a great week, Susan

Related posts:

The Babies Who Nap in Sub-Zero Temperatures

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