Will my lockdown baby get separation anxiety?

I ask after new research has revealed that 42% of new mums are worried that their babies will struggle socially when lockdown restrictions are lifted and the world re-opens after coronavirus.

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It’s a good question, and one I’ve thought about a lot as a mama to a lockdown baby myself. I was 37 weeks pregnant with Violet when we went into lockdown in March 2020 and as her first birthday approaches I can’t help but wonder how the last year has affected her developmentally.

Will my lockdown baby get separation anxiety?

At 11 months old Violet has never been in close contact with or interacted with another baby of her own age, we’ve never been to a mother and baby group or socialised with other mums and babies and her only experience of the big wide world involves strangers socially distanced and wearing masks. What’s more, she’s only met her grandparents a handful of times and there are still many members of our family she hasn’t met at all.

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The research into lockdown babies by organic baby milk brand Kendamil found that as well as their baby’s inability to socialise, top post-pandemic parenting fears include babies missing out on the sensory benefits of exploring outdoors, and not being able to bond with grandparents.

Of course staying at home is all a lockdown baby has ever known, so while it’s strange to us it’s totally normal to them. Violet will happily wave and giggle at people she’s never met before in the supermarket, even though she can’t see them smiling back at her from behind their masks.

I can’t help but ask myself: will her ability to read people’s faces be affected? Will she struggle with personal space and boundaries when social distancing restrictions are lifted? Will having been at home with me for the best part of a year make her a clingy baby?

There have been so many occasions in the last year when I’ve been glad she’s my fourth baby and not my first, because at least she’s got three siblings to play and interact with at home.

The fact is only time will tell if there really has been an impact on our lockdown babies as a result of coronavirus. Violet is due to start nursery in September and I’ll be really interested to see how well she settles in compared to her brother and sisters.

Do you worry about the impact of lockdown on your children’s development? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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