How did your budget change after having a baby?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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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
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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
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834 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
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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. http://www.magicsleepsuit.com/pages/about-magic-sleepsuit

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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