According to local belief, leaving babies out in subzero temperatures has physical and psychological health benefits.
Just imagine taking a nice jog down the street on a cold morning and you see a bunch of unattended baby strollers lined up by the pavement. Though it might seem strange at first, it gets stranger when you peek inside the strollers and see some actual babies taking a nap in the freezing weather.
The thought of unattended babies out in the cold might give us the chills but it's a pretty common sight in Norway. An Australian TikTok user named Olly Bowman (@mrmelk_) was surprised to see this rare sight in Norway and couldn't help but share it with the rest of the world.
It seems there were close to a dozen babies outside in their strollers, sleeping peacefully as none of the passersby disturbed them or paid any attention. Talk about the height of minding your own business.
Bowman graciously gave some context about the regional practice in the video since most viewers were stunned to see parents so callously leaving their precious babies outside unattended. Were they neglected? Were they left out by cruel parents? But no, that's not the story behind these babies.
Bowman explains that according to local beliefs, leaving infants outside to sleep in the fresh air, even in winter, has physical and psychological health benefits for growing children. "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 says in the clip. The video garnered over 14 million views and the audience left tons of shocked and anxiety-loaded comments, worrying about the babies.
There were several comments which stated that keeping babies outside like that isn't safe in their countries at all and there is a risk of the babies getting abducted. Some TikTok users even joked about "wanting to move to Norway so they can feel safe."
@soriasisse wrote: "Are babies not kidnapped in Norway? My anxiety would never!" @clarissa.gee joked: "They aren't alone. They are outside hanging with other babies introvertedly." @snoell2020 commented: "There are locks on them because it's more likely the stroller would be stolen than the baby." @soldbyquintina compared the USA to Norway and joked: "I moved from Norway to the US and tried this... it's been 19 years since I've seen my daughter."
Well, after watching this video, many people would want to move to this European country to feel safe about their babies. Who wouldn't want to leave their babies outside without supervision and relax inside a cafe for a bit, right?