How did your budget change after having a baby?

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
746 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The babysitter we’d hired and loved flaked out on us.  Childcare costs more than doubled and is now more than our mortgage.<br /><br />Other than that, costs have been pretty minimal or expected.  I buy a lot of stuff 2nd hand, breastfed and made my own babyfood.  We budgeted for college savings, etc.

Post # 3
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Until my DD was one, and started going to daycare, our budget went mostly unchanged. There were a few extra purchases here and there for baby-related stuff, but I cloth diapered and breastfed, so that really limited what I was spending in baby costs.

Now that DD is two and a half, there’s more “big” toy items that we buy, a few more family outings, childcare, and clothes/shoes that are the biggest costs. They don’t effect our budget a whole lot. I have friends that spend a lot more on toys and gadgets for their kids…while we spend a minimal amount. I rarely buy new toys for DD> She gets enough on birthdays and Christmas. lol

I expect the next couple years costs will increase once we start putting her into activities.

Post # 4
832 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I used to spend 70-80 dollars on groceries a week for the two of us. We now have a 4 month old and our bill is closer to 120-150 every week now! We weren’t expecting it to change that drastically! I ebf for 3 months but my milk dried up so I have to supplement with formula now which is a huge expense. I never thought I would use formula but u never kno what ur body will do. With that wipes diapers and the occasional items like butt paste, now food to make for him starting solids, etc. It def makes a difference but we didn’t really have it change til around 4 months bc we had diapers from showers so we didn’t even start buying diapers til closer to 3 months

Post # 5
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Once my son started eating regular table food, and breastfed less, the grocery budget shot up. I cook more often now. And I have to buy toddler snacks, milk, yogurt and more fruits and veggies and those really add up. It went from $100 to $150 each week.

I tend to buy his clothes in the next size up or two off season when there’s steep sales. It really helps save. I learned to do this when he outgrew his clothes within a week and I had to buy him a ton of stuff.

When we were weening him from the swaddle, we ended up getting a couple Baby Merlin Magic Sleepsuit ($40 each!!!) because he would only sleep swaddled and we didn’t know what to do. It really did work like magic! We called it the marshmellow suit.

When my son started drinking from a sippy cup, he rejected a ton. We had to go though about 5 different cups. It may seem little, but that’s about $30 worth of sippy cups. 

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