As you may know, yesterday I talked about Corona virus in general and what my main concerns were.
Around 7pm, I went to the grocery store, only to find that some of my greatest fears are coming true.
I’m not planning on getting into whether this is panic buying or not; it most definitely looks like it. However, it’s very hard to walk into a store and realize that, if you’re not the one stocking up, someone else will and tomorrow you won’t be able to feed your family.
I was in that position last night, so I bought what I could and after coming home, I had a lengthy discussion with my husband about what we’re going to do.
People may think we’re unreasonable, but we have an 11 month old to worry about as well, and that – I dare say – gives us the right to call it parenting, not panicking.
Today, I won’t talk about the general advice given by WHO, but you can find more about it here. I’d like to focus on what you can do as a parent to protect yourself and your children.
Wash babies’ hands. If you have a toddler, educate them on how to do it. If your child is older, remind them of it often.
I can’t stress this one enough. Kids touch everything, and when you’re out an about, there’s no way to control it all. Make sure to use a proper soap (hopefully you still have somewhere to buy it). If you are running out of any kind of cleaning supply, water mixed with a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate can help. Just wash your hands, or kids’ hands, in it, and rinse.
Calculate the amount of diapers/wipes you need and buy them in advance.
Order them online if you have to, but consider that there may not be diapers in stores for some time, until the situation settles. Make sure you have those basic things to keep your baby clean. If you are in a situation where you can’t buy diapers, use cloth diapers for some time until the supplies are re-stocked.
Stock jar food for your baby, or prepare the meals in advance.
Again, if you can’t access your stores, you can order jar food online. That way, you’re getting what’s actually in stock, when it’s in stock, so you’re not taking it away from anyone else who is in desperate need.
If you cook baby food at home, check out the advice linked in this sub-title. It applies for these circumstances very well. There’s no need to buy fresh fruit or meat, you can use frozen ones just fine!
Limit/prohibit baby visits and play dates.
It’s better to be safe than sorry. Tell your friends and family members that you will not be receiving visits for quite some time, especially if the baby is small and there’s been an outbreak in your country. The incubation period for this virus is 2 weeks and people are already contagious during that time even if they may show no symptoms. Don’t risk it. There will be time for socializing again.
Cancel the parties, no matter how difficult it may be.
Our boy is turning one in a month. We’ve discussed canceling his birthday party and making it a private event. It’s better for him to have all the rest of his birthdays than just this one. Also, this way you’re not putting anyone else at risk by organizing a public event.
Also, this month I’m supposed to graduate from university and I was planning on celebrating. I’m either going to cancel the party, or postpone graduation, if going to university becomes a risk for me and my family. It’s just what we have to do to keep the kids safe.
Wash the parts of your body that have been exposed in public.
This is something I haven’t though of as explicitly until I got it as a direct advice from one of my friends who is currently in Italy on lockdown. We need to make sure we’re coming home clean, especially if the first next thing you’re going to do is hug your kids.
The virus remains on your clothes for up to 12 hours.
On your hands, it sticks for 10-15 minutes.
It’s enough time to bring particles home if you’re in a contagious zone. Make sure you’re getting rid of all your “outside” clothes before sitting in your living room with your family.
If you can, take your kids out of the big city.
This is something my husband and I are still discussing, since his family home is in the countryside.
We have limited our outings since we live in a 128-apartment building with 18 floors. There are far too many people using the elevator to feel safe.
If the situation in our country gets worse, we’re definitely taking our baby out of the big city we live in, since there are cases of Corona in it already.
It will be a hassle, but it will be well worth it.
Strictly prohibit strangers from touching your kids or getting in their faces.
I’m not being a helicopter mom by saying this.
DO NOT take your chances. No one can touch your baby’s hands or face, or get close to them. Admiring babies is what you should be doing from a distance.
If you have a friendly toddler, educate them to not touch other people or run up to them, either.
Prepare nutritional, healthy meals for your family.
Immunity is important. Instead of empty calories and chocolate snacks, do your best to have days full of nutritional meals and fruit snacks throughout the day, to boost everyone’s immunity.
Limit the usage of public transportation if you can.
Unless it’s a direct and only route to your job (assuming you’re still going to work), it’s not worth the risk.
Use a bike, your car, scooter, go for a walk. Anything is better than a crowded space full of handles you don’t really feel comfortable touching.
And most importantly, do not bring your kids into public transportation unless absolutely necessary.
Get plenty of fresh air.
Outside, or through open windows if you can’t go outside. It’s super important to keep all the rooms fresh. Make sure to open the windows in your kids’ bedrooms often, so they can sleep in an air-rich environment.
Don’t blame the people around you that are trying to be extra-safe.
If you’re not willing to go through all the hassle, no one can make you – but try not to keep the others from being safe by making them feel uncomfortable.
Plenty of people have tried to make me feel uncomfortable about all of this. Luckily, I am more concerned about safety than hurt feelings.
Don’t give wrong and unsolicited advice. If you’re skeptical, it’s best to keep your words to yourself. Do not endanger someone by making them do less for themselves. It is not your concern how they’re handling the situation, unless it poses a threat to you.
What are some of the tips you’d like to share?