Infants sleeping in the open air after lunch at a maternity hospital in Moscow, 1958.

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What? You didn’t let your kids nap outside in the cold when they were babies? The practice of having children sleep outside in the cold weather isn’t just a one off thing, but rather a normal part of every day life in Russia that stems from an odd tradition. Russian mothers dress their children in a hat and stockings before putting them outside for a nap.

The children will sleep outside on a balcony or in the care of a nanny even in minus 10 degree Celsius weather until they’re ready to go to school. This is likely to prepare them for the harsh conditions of Russia. Does it work? Maybe we should start sleeping outside and find out.

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