A BELLINGHAM family rang in the New Year with the arrival of a baby girl.

Hallie-Jo Todd was born weighing 8lb 3oz at 13.05pm on New Years Day to proud parents Annalise Lawson (19) and James Todd (21).

Baby Hallie, born at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, joins older brother Jaxon aged two, who "absolutely loves" the family's littlest member.

Hallie was due on December 27 but kept her parents waiting.

"With having a two year as well, it was very hectic!", said Annalise. "Trying to get organised for Christmas and wondering if she was going to come before or after and getting all the baby's stuff ready for the arrival. But it was fun.

"The (RVI) staff were really nice and because it was New Year, they kept bringing in platters of party food. I was really well looked after there."