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Social distancing and a newborn

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YoYo2020 Sat 23-May-20 08:06:05

My baby is 10 days old, and I'm a first time mum.

We live in my husband's family house, which also houses his brother and sister in law, plus their two teenage children.

The house is large enough that we have our own separate living spaces, but the kitchen is shared and we're expected to sit and eat altogether every night for dinner.

Up until recently, this has been fine as we've all been self isolating as one household during the pandemic, but a few days ago, my sister in law and her two kids visited her mother, who lives locally, and stayed the night. Her mother has also not been social distancing either and has seen other family members too from outside her household.

I now longer feel comfortable joining everyone in our house for dinner in the evenings and have stayed away the past few nights to protect myself and my newborn baby, but am I overreacting and being too protective, or am I doing the right thing to protect my baby? I don't want to completely isolate myself and cause any issues/friction with the in-laws or come across as being rude, but I dont want to risk the health of my newborn or myself either.

coffeeaddiction Sat 23-May-20 08:13:47

I would do the exact same thing in your position

Nottherealslimshady Sat 23-May-20 08:16:16

I would do the same, but if your husband is going down then it wont help.

TeddyIsaHe Sat 23-May-20 08:17:35

I’d usually say this is an overreaction, but not with a newborn. A) having a newborn is stressful and emotional enough as it is and b) their safety trumps everyone else’s when they’re this tiny.

Make sure your dh is the one to explain why and is on your side. I hope you’re ok!

Pleasenodont Sat 23-May-20 08:20:53

I would do the same. It isn’t considered dangerous to children but newborns are far more delicate.

OhDearBatman Sat 23-May-20 08:38:57

I would absolutely do the same. Newborns are so fragile. I think your DH needs to do the same though.

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