You know you’re in Denmark when…
Okay, so y’all know that Danish babies sleep outside in their prams or barnevogne, “child wagons”, as they’re called here. I told you before that a French friend of mine nearly fainted when she found out. “It’s barbaric!” My Mum actually did the same with me in Scotland in the summer. But here in Denmark they do it all year round. In the deep mid-winter. When it’s raining. Snowing. You name the inclement weather – we have it – Danish babies sleep outside in it. Just remember to dress Baby Viking accordingly. Keeping in mind the Danish motto: There’s no such thing as bad weather. Only the wrong clothing! Though selvfølgelig the Danish health authorities don’t recommend that Baby Viking sleeps outside when ill. Or if the outside temperature drops below minus 10c/14f 😉
Above you can see my DS14 (dear son, 14) when he was about a year old, together with a friend from creche. When our DKs (dear kids) were small, they slept in a pram which I parked in our garden. People who live in flats often have an old, extra pram permanently parked on their balcony, so the baby can get their daily nap. And at vuggestue (creche) they’ll often have specially built, large wooden cribs for the kids. The cribs are parked in a shed when the weather is particulary nasty. Our two kids were sent off every day with their favourite small duvet/comforter and pillow. Hyggeligt! And sleeping outside usually means that they take a l-o-v-e-l-y, l-o-n-g, h-e-a-l-t-h-y nap!
But, as usual, I digress… Now, just because you have a baby doesn’t mean that you can’t get around Copenhagen. On the contrary. Baby always comes too! The buses have space for a couple of prams. And prams here can be r-e-a-l-l-y b-i-g. You get on via the middle doors of the bus. And ring the “pram” bell when you get off – so that the driver knows to allow you extra time when disembarking your tank…
The Metro and S-tog (Subway) trains have specially assigned areas for parking prams and bikes.
You’ll find those carriages at the front and back ends of the train.
Want to browse the shops? No problem! Baby comes too! Get right in there! Though it can get quite cramped sometimes when there are two or three prams vying for place… [It can also lead to ‘road wars’ on the pavements when you are trying to manoeuvre past those giant prams.]
Baby is in the middle of a nap, or prams aren’t allowed in a particular store? Just point the pram towards the window of the shop and keep an eye out. I had a hard time with this one in the beginning. Funnily enough, I always took my *valuables* out of the pram. ‘Cos I was more concerned about someone stealing my shopping than my baby… 😛
Where are the Mum and Dad of these Viking Twin Babies? Inside the café, on the other side of the window.
Yep, those crazy Danes have it all sewn up. Or should that be snuggly tucked in? So you fancy living in Denmark? Babies no obstacle!