Video of Norwegian babies sleeping outdoors in freezing weather shocks internet - but it's a real practice
Freezing temperatures are difficult for any grown up to endure. Babies and infants can't express but the biting cold can take a toll on their health very quickly.
Now imagine if they are left alone in freezing weather to sleep all by themselves. Sounds something right out of a dystopian novel or film, right? Well, it's not fictional.
An Australian living in Norway has gone viral after sharing a video that shockingly shows a dozen babies sleeping outside in their strollers in freezing temperatures.
The clip has now gone massively viral on TikTok and other platforms and shocked users who weren't aware of such a practice in the Nordic country.
The clip was originally posted by 22-year-old Australian, Olly Bowman, who goes with the handle @mrmelk_ on TikTok.
The expat left his American followers and others around the world stunned with the footage.
The clip shows him walking past he unaccompanied infants who seemed to be napping peacefully outside in the cold.
"Another day in Norway, another group of babies left out alone in the cold. Look at how many there are," he says in the video while panning his camera to show the lined-up strollers.
Olly went on to say that he learned that leaving babies outside in the cold helps them with their breathing and makes them more independent.
"It helps with their breathing and makes them more independent. It's actually why so many people leave home earlier in Norway than other countries," he said in the video.
Was this some kind of stunt?
It wasn’t. Leaving babies out in the open in carriages during winters is a common practice in Nordic countries. It apparently dates back nearly 100 years when a tuberculosis epidemic swept through the lands in the in the early 20th century.
Icelandic doctor David Thorsteinsson published a pedagogy book in 1926, suggesting that parents should let their children sleep outside in their strollers to get fresh air, even in the winter months.
The practice has now been passed down from generation to generation.
Is it really effective and safe? A 2008 Finnish study remarkably found that children who slept outdoors 'took longer naps compared with naps taken indoors.
However, the tradition is not completely risk free as there is always a risk of hypothermia in the cold weather.