Denmark has been on my list of places to visit, because it’s known as one of the happiest places on earth. 😀
Who wouldn’t want to experience that?
In my research of Denmark, I came across a book that mentioned how Danish leave their babies bundled up, in strollers, outside, in the winter, UNATTENDED, while the parents go into a restaurant or cafe to eat.
It was hard to believe. Who does that?!
The parents of Denmark.
It’s true, and I saw it first hand.
(They also don’t lock their bikes either.)
Can we take a moment to think about what this says about the Danish culture?
How beautiful is it that people feel their babies are safe and they can leave them unattended? And, it’s not like the parents are sitting right inside with a window for viewing the babies. There are no cameras outside recording footage that is being featured on a Jumbotron in the restaurant.
No, these parents are relaxing.
Why do parents in Denmark leave their babies unattended outside?
I believe the happiness plays a key part. People are happy. People aren’t kidnapping babies.
Now that that’s established…
Another main reason is they believe the cold weather is good for babies. (I agree in that cold can be anti-inflammatory). They’re bundled up, yes, and the cold surrounding is a health boost. (I’m here in the cold weather and can’t say what they do in the warmer months but I expect they still do it, because what parents don’t enjoy some alone time during meals?)
If I ever have another baby, I’m going to live the first year of its life here in Denmark. 🇩🇰