Listening to parents to build back better
Over 200,000 babies were born when lockdown was at its most restrictive, between 23rd March and 4th July. The Parent-Infant Foundation, together with Best Beginnings and Home-Start UK, conducted a survey of families’ experiences of lockdown during their babies’ first 1001 days, the findings of which suggest that the impact of lockdown on some of these babies could be severe and may be long-lasting.
- The report describes the findings of an online survey of 5,474 expectant mothers, new parents and parents of toddlers, undertaken during the pandemic. It shows that:
- Almost 7 in 10 found their ability to cope with their pregnancy or baby had been impacted as a result of COVID-19
- Nearly 7 in 10 felt the changes brought about by COVID-19 were affecting their unborn baby, baby or young child (with an increase in crying, tantrums and becoming more clingy). This was felt most sharply amongst parents under 25 years old and those on the lowest incomes.
You can download the report Working for Babies Report Lockdown lessons from local services
There are also other resources available:
- Parent and baby wellbeing poster PDF file
- Parent and baby wellbeing poster image file
- Father and baby wellbeing poster PDf file
- Father and baby wellbeing poster image file
- Lockdown and loneliness poster PDF file
- Lockdown and loneliness poster image file
- Crying and Babies poster PDF file
- Crying and Babies poster image file
If you’re a healthcare professional you can download our Lockdown Baby Out of Sight poster