Post # 1
Let’s say hypothetically you became pregnant before you felt you were financially ready. Knowing family will help tremendously as far as gear, furniture & clothes.. How much does a baby run you per month, average? Let’s say diapers & wipes, and food, if you are unable to breastfeed and/or ineligible for WIC. After your shower, how long were you able to go before buying diapers and/or wipes? I know there are other expenses (childcare, etc) but let’s go with food & bum-care for now. 🙂 **not including insurance-everyone has different coverage 😉
I apologize for formatting, I’m on my cell.
Post # 3
It really depends because not everyone uses disposable diapers and i think excluding daycare doesnt give an accurate reflection of how much babies cost because day care is a big chunk of the expense, in our area its more than our rent
Post # 4
Oh definitely hard to tell for daycare–but we wouldn’t be using it for a while (1+ yr), that’s the only reason I excluded that 🙂
Post # 5
@bells: Agreed and it is that exact reason I am going back to work only part time because daycare is such a humongous expense. In home daycare in my area is 200 a week. Let alone a facility charges.
I am in my last month of pregnancy, however, I am expecting a minimum of $100 a month for diapers and wipes and any other incidentals. And we are plannign on breastfeeding. I would say about $200 a month in just formula, diapers, and wipes. That is being conservative.
Post # 7
I am expecting my first in January but you should look at cloth diapers. There are so many options these days and they really do seem like they would save money in the long run.
Post # 8
Don’t forget to include health insurance.
Post # 9
I guess I’m curious about the same things – our health insurance and daycare costs are taken care of already, but I’m wondering what to expect as far as diapers, wipes and other daily supplies expenses will be. I’ll find out in about 10 weeks! 😉
Post # 10
My parents always joke and say they spent a million dollars on us. lol
My friends say that they spend about $20 a week on formula and $50 for diapers (I think about once a week or two weeks). Keep in mind that there are doctor visits, you have to buy clothes, and baby laundry detergent.
We plan to cloth diaper and we were able to register at a CD store. If we get everything, then we won’t have to buy anymore diapers. We have around 15-20 CD on our registry, plus detergent, and CD accessories (wet bags, etc). The CD only cost from $14 each to $23 for a two pack(we are getting one size all in ones). So even if we don’t get everything we would only spend around $300 for diapers and accessories.
Post # 11
I seriously tried to think of a legit answer and when I started calculating I got overwhelmed and could only say… “A lot.”
Post # 12
haha, thanks for the replies. I know they are expensive but I’m having a legitimate panic attack – we’re in the process of paying down credit cards, and student loans will come into effect next November. I checked into health insurance, as far as pre and post natal, only cost to us is a $250 hospitalization cost. Everything else is completely covered. I’ll have to look into how much per month the actual child would cost under insurance.
Like I said earlier, child care is okay – where we are now, we can afford to live under only my husband’s salary. Thus, why we aren’t buying a house for a few years.
I’m more concerned about diapers and wipes – and formula, if breastfeeding doesn’t turn out. I also for some reason am afraid of WIC. I should look into the income requirements for that.
For the record, in case any one is curious – we had a scare, but it was enough to sober me up into writing out all the math, just in case.
Keep the info coming ladies! 🙂
Post # 13
When our daughter was newborn, we spent $25/week on formula (Enfamil Soybee), and probably $25/bi-weekly on diapers (Pampers). We always buy wipes at costco (it’s like $25 for a box of 900), and we probably went through one of those every month or so. On top of that, we bought clothes, medicine, toys, replacement baby items, storage containers, etc… every month. I’d say we spent (on average) $200-$250/month in the first year of life (not including daycare or insurance/hospital/doctor’s visits).
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2010 - MacLean Park
We’re only 6 weeks in, but so far haven’t had to buy any diapers. There’s a tradition in my hubby’s group, for a man version of a baby shower. They call it a Diaper Party, and basically all get together one night for one last hurrah and basically get trashed before the baby comes. All the guys bring a case of beer and a case of diapers, in different sizes. So we have TONS of diapers. I highly recommend this tradition 😉 Breastfeeding also worked out pretty well, so we haven’t bought any formula yet either. Just $35 on a manual pump (since I stay at home, I don’t have to pump that often, so there’s no need to invest in a super fancy one) and some bottles and milk storage bags.
Post # 15
@sand dollar:LOVE this idea!!! Will put it in the memory bank for the future (2-4yrs)!
Post # 16
@sand dollar: Haha! Love it – a case of beer and a case of diapers! (Makes a mental note of this for when Darling Husband and I are pregnant one day).