Ready, Steady, Baby!

Welcome to Ready Steady Baby!

This website is designed to be a comprehensive online resource for you and your partner from the decision to start trying for a baby, through pregnancy, labour and birth up until your baby is 12 months old.

Ready Steady Baby! helps you get ready for parenthood by taking you through the whole of your pregnancy from the early symptoms, through the antenatal care you will receive and on to advice on how to get through labour and the birth. It provides a rough guide on maternity leave and benefits and can help you with the care of your baby for the first 12 months.

*The term partner includes dads, your partner, civil partners, husband or other primary care givers who all have a very important role to play in the care and upbringing of your baby.

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Trying for a baby

You’ve made the decision to try to for a baby. This section tells you how to get your body ready for pregnancy to keep you healthy, how to give your baby the best start in life, and how to improve your chances of getting pregnant.

Read more about trying for a baby

Trying for a baby

Your pregnancy

Here you can find out everything you need to know about getting yourself as prepared as possible for becoming a parent, and giving your baby the best possible start.

Read more about your pregnancy


Pregnancy timeline

Track your pregnancy here. Find out how you and your baby are doing week-by-week.

Your pregnancy

Labour and birth

The three stages of labour are different for every woman – and often for every baby she has.

Read more about labour and birth

Labout and birth

First days together

In the first few days after the birth, you and your new baby are getting to know each other. There's a huge amount to learn – find out more about the best way to feed your baby, what practical steps you will need to take, and how you may be feeling.

Read more about your first days together

First days together

Growing together

Being a parent is exciting – but at times you may feel anxious. Here you can learn about what to expect from your growing baby, as well as information on immunisations, postnatal depression and weaning.

Read more about growing together

Growing together