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MANY parents might be shocked to see babies left out in the cold but the practice that was commonplace in the 1950s is returning as the latest trend in childcare.
The Scandinavian-style practice of leaving babies to sleep in sub-zero temperatures has come to a Sussex nursery.
Childminder Hannah Rosalie has introduced the latest trend of Scandi lifestyles to her nursery, where eight babies now take their naps nestled among the log piles.
Miss Rosalie, owner and manager of the Paddock Wood nursery, near Angmering, said that for £8 an hour children are immersed in the full forest experience.
She said: “I’ve always loved the outdoors and so have my own children, who always napped outside.
“They always slept well and were very healthy.
“I’m a forest school practitioner and we follow a lot of these principles through our play and discovery.
“It seemed a natural next step for the babies to sleep outdoors too.
“I invested in some very good quality pushchairs which lay totally flat, some high quality sleeping bags and lots of thermal blankets.
“Family members in New Zealand were very supportive.
“My aunt, who had three children including twins, was a great believer in al fresco naps, as were a lot of local neighbours in the village who remembered it from when they were raising their own babies.
“It seems we are sadly losing this lovely method of daytime rest for babies.”
Miss Rosalie claims there are huge benefits to sleeping outdoors.
She said: “Followers of the Gina Ford method will be all too aware of the need for blackout blinds and silence but really it’s so much more natural for babies to be rocked to sleep under the trees and wake to the sound of birdsong.
“We often walk to the river.
“Along the riverbank there is so much to see. Children love to play on the huge fallen willow tree or we collect natural treasures, read a story or have a picnic.”
Source: The Argus