Can Your Newborn Have Visitors During Lockdown?
Bringing a baby home in the days before the pandemic would usually mean a flood of new visitors keen to meet the new arrival. But having your baby during the COVID-19 pandemic is a little different. Coronavirus remains a threat to the health of ourselves and everyone around us, meaning all of the UK is required to social distance and stay at home during lockdown. We must come to terms with the new normal of being physically distant from our loved ones, which is especially challenging when a baby arrives.
With the restrictions in place currently (and during lockdown) you cannot have visitors or meet anyone outside your household or support bubble.
Who Can Form a Support Bubble?
If you are eligible, you can create a support bubble with another household, meaning you do not have to maintain social distance with members of this household.
You can form a support bubble if:
- You live by yourself – even if carers visit you to provide support
- You are the only adult in your household who does not need continuous care as a result of a disability
- Your household includes a child who is under the age of 1 or was under that age on 2 December 2020
- Your household includes a child with a disability who requires continuous care and is under the age of 5, or was under that age on 2 December 2020
- You are aged 16 or 17 living with others of the same age and without any adults
- You are a single adult living with one or more children who are under the age of 18 or were under that age on 12 June 2020
If you share custody of your child, they can move freely between the parents’ households without the need to form a support bubble.
If you are eligible, you can form a support bubble as well as a childcare bubble. Childcare bubbles are different from support bubbles. You may be able to form a childcare bubble with one other household to provide or receive childcare if you live with someone under the age of 14. Unlike support bubbles, childcare bubbles must not meet socially – for babysitting purposes only. You should avoid seeing members of childcare and support bubbles at the same time.
This means that you can have a bubble to provide emotional support, company and childcare and you can have a bubble that is purely for childcare (but you must keep physical contact to a minimum).
How to Keep in Touch with Your Loved Ones Outside Your Household and Support/Childcare Bubbles?
Being distant from your family and friends has become the norm since March 2020 and there is no doubt that it has put immense pressure on everyone, especially new parents. Therefore, we have compiled a list of ways to keep in touch with your favourite people while social distancing restrictions are in place.
- Have regular video calls – Zoom, Facetime and Skype have become top socialising methods. See your loved ones face to face and introduce them to your new baby
- Meet outdoors for a socially distanced walk with a friend – When on your own, you can exercise outdoors with someone outside your bubbles or household provided you maintain social distancing. As children under school age or children who require around the clock care do not count towards the total you can take your baby with you and meet with someone else who also has a baby. Pop your baby in their Snugglebundl so they can be cosy and warm outdoors!
- Set up group chats – maintain contact with your closest friends and family by creating a group chat where you can catch up regularly
- Write letters – it may seem old fashioned but writing letters to your friends and family gives you a chance to catch up in detail. If there is ever a time to bring writing letters back into fashion, it’s during lockdown!
- Pick up the phone – speaking to the people in your life and hearing their voice may help with your mental health and is a great way of keeping touch