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Ways to prepare for the arrival of your baby

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Once your new baby has arrived, that’s where you reach action stations. Sleepless nights, that same tune going round and round in your head and a bucket load of nappies are things you should become accustomed to!

So, preparing correctly will have you counting your lucky stars when the time comes, so you can make the most of the rollercoaster that comes with caring for a newborn child. Now we may specialise in private gender scans, but we also know a thing or two about maternity and pregnancy! As a result, we have produced this blog on the best ways to prepare for the arrival of your baby…

Living arrangements

It is likely that your baby will spend its first 6 months or so sleeping (ha, what is sleep?) in the same room as you. But of course, as your baby grows up they will have to move into their own bedroom. It is important to consider this before they are born, as you may need to make some adjustments, or even upsize your property.

Before they are born, it is worth dedicating their future bedroom or a space in the home for all of the items you will need for when they arrive. Preparing early allows you to deal with the organised chaos in a way that will not be overwhelming and distressing.

Making a birth plan

Making a birth plan is a great way of ensuring a smooth labour process, one you will thank yourself for later! A flexible birth plan allows you to be in control of the kind of birth you would like, so be sure to note down what type of birth you’d prefer, your preferred kind of pain relief and other important preferences such as skin to skin contact.

While you do this, you could also start to pack some hospital essentials that will help get you through labour. As you probably well know, labour can take up to 18 hours for your firstborn, so it is important to take some items that will help the labour process. These can include the aforementioned birth plan, and items to make you feel as relaxed as possible during and after birth, as well as items to make the new-born warm and comfortable.

Prepare for home life with the newborn

Shortly before your baby is due to arrive, attempt to give your house one last clean. For the more strenuous tasks, enlist the help of your birth partner to make sure that your house is as tidy as possible before the avalanche of nappies and toys arrive!

Another way of preparing for home life is to practice cooking with a limited amount of time. After all, babies need to be breastfed up to 8-12 times a day during their first weeks, so trying to keep on top of your own food whilst this is a necessity can prove quite a tough task. Ready meals and prepped food will be your friends during those first few weeks!

Spend quality time with the family

When your baby arrives, they are guaranteed to take up most of your time and attention. So, before the fact, why not try and spend some precious time with your closest loved ones during the later stages of your pregnancy. Spare time will be at a premium as you care for your new baby, so some activities with your relatives or older children could go a long way.

It is a common worry for parents to feel like their older children will feel like they are being replaced by the arrival of a new baby. So making them know that they are still valued is a great way to cheer them up and give them peace of mind.

Get in touch

Are you in the early stages of your pregnancy and would like an early gender scan? If so, the team at Hello Baby can help today! We have been providing 3D baby scans for many years and are experts in the area. We can provide you with a fun and seamless service at this exciting time!

Contact us today by giving us a call on 01744 810999 or email us at reception@hellobaby4dscan.co.uk. You can also fill out our online enquiry form with any questions you may have and we will respond as soon as we can.

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  • Rachel Wright ★★★★★
    We came to the clinic on NYE and the process was so smooth. Quick questionnaire then on time for the appointment.
    We didn’t want to know the gender and the girls were amazing with it!
    The scan was so clear and it was such a lovely experience
    … More being in the room and seeing our baby.
    We took our own gender reveal idea with us that the girls very kindly filled for us and popped in a black bag so we couldn’t see until we did the gender reveal.
    Amazing prices. Amazing staff. Amazing clinic and the most special end to our 2023.
    We're having a wonderful baby boy! Thank you so much 🩵💙🤍
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    I’ve been to Hello Baby 3 times in my pregnancy and each time has been amazing . The staff are literally the nicest people . I went to another scan place early on in my pregnancy and it was awful and was recommended after that to here . … More The place is spotless and always smells lovely inside when you walk in . Nothing is too much trouble.
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  • Laura Mac ★★★★★
    Went to hello baby for a early reassurance/dating scan at 8 weeks, very professional lovely friendly staff..
    Returned today at 19+4 weeks for our gender scan, had the same lady scan us, put my mind at ease so much would highly recommend
    … More 💙💙
  • Sophie Fraser ★★★★★
    Ive been to Hello Baby for both my children! For my little boy a gender scan and a 4d scan and this pregnancy we have been for a dating scan and for a gender scan finding out we are having a little girl! Without fail the staff welcomed … More us with open arms! Katie was amazing! Shes so reassurring at a time when nerves are high! Very thorough and I can’t wait to be back!
    I cannot thank all of you for the most wonderful experience during every visit! 💙💗
  • Amy Cookson ★★★★★
    What a lovely service. The 2 ladies couldn't have been more helpful. I have been here for scans with my twins, my little boy and then returned to have a scan to confirm my miscarriage. We didn't get much support from the hospital … More and hello baby rang me a week after to ask if I needed any advice, support and were just overall lovely. I'm returning Saturday for a gender scan for our rainbow baby.
    Such a lovely welcoming service with staff that really do care and treat you like friends x
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    I've been to Hello Baby a number of times throughout two pregnancies. Every time we have visited we've had a lovely experience. The first we visited was over 3 years ago when I was pregnant with my son. Ive been again more recently … More to see my second baby.
    The girls in there are lovely and super helpful! Will definitely be back again for future scans x
  • Kieran Thomas ★★★★★
    We met the girls at hello baby when we reached just 6 weeks. We’ve had 4 scans with them so far and each one has been the perfect experience.
    The girls are incredibly welcoming, reassuring and make you feel at ease on every visit.
    We can’t
    … More thank them enough for the moments and memories they’ve given us, getting to see our little one grow, to finding out the gender.
    We’ll most definitely be back for a 4D scan later on in our pregnancy. Thank you ! X
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    Honestly had the BEST experience at Hello Baby.
    We had a rocky start to our pregnancy so we have been to hello baby 3 times now just so we can feel reassured and one of which was for our gender scan. We have been made to feel welcome and
    … More comfortable every single time, but today has outdone the previous experiences by far. And they were already hard to beat.
    The lady who scanned my wife spent extra time with us, no rushing, evening helped get our baby moving around so we could see him better. She gave us a plenty time, and then even went the extra mile and gave us a tiny glimpse of him in 4D.
    We cannot recommend them enough. Friendly staff, great atmosphere and all round GREAT experience! Deffo worth going! 🥰🥰
  • Harriet Wall ★★★★★
    Had our gender scan today and took the kids so they could be part of it. We travelled quite far for the scan and was well worth it! Really welcoming staff and excellent service at the scan. Scan was really clear and we could clearly see … More he was a boy 💙💙 would definitely recommend.
  • And ★★★★★
    Loved our experience at Hello Baby 😃 been here twice ... once in 2018, and again in February 2021. I wanted the gender of my baby kept a surprise as we wanted a gender reveal cannon, and they did not disappoint or give anything away! Staff … More are very friendly and polite. Thank you so much again! Would recommend 5***
  • Merf.Wendy Price ★★★★★
    I came here for a private scan because I was not sure how far gone I was. I got a shock to realise I was already half way through pregnancy and I was having a boy. Came here again for a bonding scan and got some lovely photos. The staff … More were really friendly and I enjoyed the experience. Would definitely recommend xxx
  • Kayla H ★★★★★
    Lovely experience for our first scan! We went for an early reassurance scan and that’s exactly what we got. We turned up at the wrong time but they still fitted us in there and then no waiting around. Would recommend to others in the future … More
  • Jane Jones ★★★★★
    Amazing Experience
    I came to Hello Baby with my daughter for an Early and Bonding Scan, unfortunately they was closed for the gender due to lockdown.
    We had the best experience on both occasions, the receptionist was lovely and friendly
    … More and Katie was fantastic and very professional with what she does.
    On my daughters 1st scan she was too early to detect a heart beat so Katie very kindly offered us to come back the following week for a re scan. It was emotional to hear Katie offering her congratulations the following week and we got the best pictures you can get at such a early date.
    The bonding scan, Katie tried her best and wasn’t going to give up as the baby was in the wrong position, we was told to go for a walk and for my daughter to drink a lucozade.
    Upon our return, the baby had moved position and Katie again got us some amazing images.
    Everybody we met at Hello Baby was warm, welcoming and friendly, nothing was to much trouble and wasn’t rushed.
    We was asked on each occasion if we was happy with the scan pictures before buying them.
    Would definitely recommend and wouldn’t go any where else.
    Thank you Katie and team 💕
  • Annie Kay ★★★★★
    Visited with my Daughter and Son in law. Had the most fantastic experience and loved seeing my little Grandson on screen. Kate was brilliant and everyone made us feel so welcome. Highly recommended.
  • Charlotte Hewitt ★★★★★
    19 week gender scan so professional, nicola on reception was very helpful getting me booked in and arranging my gender reveal heart beat bear. Katie scanned me and told me an my partner when to look away and gave us lots of good views of … More our baby on the screen. I will definitely be booking 3d poss 4d scan in a few weeks. Thanks girls xx
  • J R ★★★★★
    My daughter suprised me with a 4D scan of my first grandchild.
    We were able to see a lovely image of my new granddaughter.
    The staff made our visit so special.
    Super friendly with a personal touch.
    Very memorable.
    Thankyou girls ♥️x
  • Ian Cousins ★★★★★
    What can I say! Katie made our day magical from the moment we walked in. Her care and enthusiasm for our gender reveal was amazing.
    Our little boy wouldn't move but Katie expertly got him in position to achieve some amazing pictures
    … More and footage of him. Thank you all at hello baby!
  • Henna Hussain ★★★★★
    David is amazing! By far the funniest, genuine and caring man I have ever come across. Thank you for the warm hospitality and advice. I will definitely be coming here for my scans in the very near future!
  • Lucy Owen ★★★★★
    I went today for my gender scan. I would highly recommend hello baby. Both ladies who was on shift was kind, friendly and welcoming. I felt comfortable during my scan, the lady was patient and reassuring throughout. Thanks for a nice experience … More and I look forward to seeing you again later in pregnancy 😊 ♥

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