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Laurenpudney Thu 21-May-20 21:30:08

Hey I just wanted to write a post and see what everyone else's thoughts and views are on this. So I recently gave birth to my little girl and obviously with what's going on none of mine or my partners family have been able to hold our little one, they have been to see her through the window but that's it. We both don't think that Covid will be over with until at least September/October and our girl will be 4/5 month old then... and even then we will still want to wait a couple of months for people to see her properly just to be safe as scientists do think Covid will never go away... so obviously the only way of been 100% safe is getting a vaccine! It's such a crazy time! And not knowing when people will be able to hold her is awful but it's for her own safety! When does everyone think it will all be over ??

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SomeoneElseEntirelyNow Thu 21-May-20 21:32:44

At some point we all need to start using our common sense when it comes to weighing up risks. The risks to a baby are tiny, i don't think I'd be holding out for a vaccine. DD is 6mo and will be having cuddles with her Grandma as soon as we're allowed to mix households.

jomaIone Thu 21-May-20 21:36:19

I would just follow the guide from the government. Here in Scotland, Nicola has just setout the route map for the long run and we will just do what that suggests, obviously using common sense and judgement too. I wouldn't be keeping my child away from everyone just in case a vaccine becomes available sometime soon. My toddler is 2 and is STRUGGLING. She is bored, uninspired, unmotivated and sad. It's horrendous and as soon as we can, we will try and get on with our life as not particularly vulnerable people. She can't suffer more than she needs to.

It will be easier for you to physically distance with a baby, as she can be in a pram and still see family when that is allowed.

fedupandlookingforchange Thu 21-May-20 21:37:36

I'm going to avoid my parents for two weeks after I come out of hospital to protect my parents if the national infection levels are still as they are now. After that its fine they can see the new baby.

Bol87 Thu 21-May-20 21:46:25

I’ve got a 9 week old anddd we’ve been in lockdown for 9 weeks. 🤦🏼‍♀️ My little one hasn’t met a single family member either. It is absolutely shit.

I’m not actually that worried for my children (I have a 3 year old as well). I feel the risk to them is very low. I’ve been out walking everyday with my baby since she was a week old. And I’ve taken her to ‘see’ my parents every week when I drop off their shopping, albeit I sit in the garden wall with her in the car seat & they sit several metres away on their bench!

I’ll be taking DD to her grandparents the minute we can meet family again! And I’m sending my elder daughter back to nursery.
Sadly, my mum is top category shielding, so we can’t see her 😭

It’s a really shitty set of circumstances to have a baby. It breaks my heart that my mum can’t cuddle her newest grandchild. And because she’s vulnerable, it’s looking like DD could be a year old before she can see her which is bonkers.

But I try to see it as it’s better my mum will still be here to be a part of their lives as they grow up even if she has to miss one year!

It’ll ultimately be your decision. Based on research, facts, figures I’ve read, I feel the risk to children including babies is lower than that of other childhood illness which we’ve always taken a ‘risk’ with, lived a normal life. I will continue to just follow government advice.

Laurenpudney Thu 21-May-20 21:47:39

The risks to a baby may be tiny yeah but theres still newborns out there that have caught the virus and sadly died from it. Yeah waiting for a vaccine will probably be a long time... but it's better to be safe than sorry as i have seen a lot of my family (and others) on social media not social distancing

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Laurenpudney Thu 21-May-20 21:50:46

Which is the reason so many people everyday are still getting the virus, so many people not following government guidelines are the reason this is all lasting longer than it needs to be

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SomeoneElseEntirelyNow Thu 21-May-20 22:21:10

More babies die of chickenpox every year than have died of Covid-19. I think you're being a little bit hysterical here, but it's your baby so you can do what you like. Just feel a bit sorry for you, is all.

Letsallscreamatthesistene Fri 22-May-20 05:47:24

COVID-19 will be endemic until we find a effective vaccine, which could be a long time away. Its not going away any time soon.

I have an 8 week old and as soon as the restrictions are lifted my family will come and visit.

Letsallscreamatthesistene Fri 22-May-20 05:53:12

So its totally up to you if you want to isolate until a vaccine is found, but there comes a time when self-isolation just turns into being a recluse

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