With more time spent cooped up indoors and couples saving money in isolation, a new survey suggests we’re going to see a big Lockdown baby boom in early 2021.
One in ten couples are said to be planning a new arrival for January 2021 according to a survey carried out by money.co.uk, with a fifth claiming the lockdown has been the perfect time to plan for a family, hinting at a huge lockdown baby boom early next year.
According to the poll, 7% of couples have already fallen pregnant during isolation and as a result of the lockdown regulations.
The report also shows, Lockdown has made family far more important than ever before. Three in 10 of those polled say they appreciate their family more than ever since lockdown started. And 28% say, as a result of being quarantined, they plan to make more time for their family after lockdown. Another 34% say they now speak to their family more than they ever did before lockdown.
And these changes in the priorities for UK families could spell a Lockdown baby boom.
Salman Haqqi, personal finance expert at money.co.uk, said: “It definitely looks like we can expect a lot of lockdown babies to be born in early 2021.”
He adds: “It is also clear we are spending much more time together as families and we are not getting on each other’s nerves either – in fact, just 6% say lockdown has led to family fall-outs, with 30% of the UK claiming lockdown has changed their priorities and made them realise family is now much more important to them.”
Lockdown has also meant many couples are spending much less money, meaning they can use that additional disposable income to press ahead with plans to have a baby. ‘Cause we all know, babies come with a hefty price tag.
Almost a quarter of couples (23%) said lockdown has meant they’ve had the opportunity to save money and try for a baby sooner than they initially planed. However, for most of the couples asked, the decision is an emotional one rather than purely financial – 51% said planning a baby is ruled by their heart.
Salman Haqqi added: “While having a child at any time is a true moment of happiness for everyone involved, it can also be a time of nervousness and worry. It is important to note that for most couples, ‘is having a baby affordable’ is the prime motivation behind their planning.”
With this in mind, money.co.uk has developed a parental leave calculator, designed to offer some reassurance to prospective parents regarding their income, personal finance and planned parental leave.
Lockdown Baby Reveals
When it comes to breaking the exiting baby news, parents-to-be are getting creative with their baby reveals in lockdown.
According to the same survey, 17% of expectant couples will tell their loved ones their happy news through a video call on Skype, Zoom or other video apps. Meanwhile, 16% would call their family on the phone and 15% will wait until lockdown is over. More recently, 12% said they would tell their family in person but at a safe distance.