Post # 1
I’m trying to work up a new monthly budget to plan for our coming addition. Sticker shock of daycare and baby essentials is starting to really hit home…YIKES!
I was hoping some of the moms out there could give me an idea of how much to assume per month for formula and diapers. Is $250/month in the ballpark?
Post # 3
Disposable diapers, we’ve been spending about $50 a month for our 7 month old. Newborns go through more diapers, but there tend to be more diapers in each box the smaller the size.
And I breastfeed so I am no help with formula.
Post # 4
Similac is about 25.00 for a 23.2 oz box. Which depending how much a baby eats can last a long time to a little. We buy the value boxes of Pampers which is about 45.00 per box and about 204 diapers for size 3 right now..
We go through 1 box of Similac a week. That is with LO in daycare. Now over the weekend or extended weekend we go through quite a bit more.
Then you have factor in babyfood….
Post # 5
@Sassygrn: I am not trying to attack you, so I hope it doesn’t come across that way, but why are you budgeting for formula when breast milk is free? If you will be returning to work register for a good double breast-pump and make sure you line your self up with a great support network. Also, if you are concerned about diaper cost you may want to consider cloth.
Post # 6
@MzMarzipan Sometimes people are unable to breast feed… medications being transferred in breast milk comes to mind. But that’s because that’s something that pertains to me. Even though I would love to breast feed, it looks like I may not be able to. Anyway, there are many reasons to use formula.
Post # 7
OP: I read that formula is around $1,000 for 6 months! But, I’m hoping that’s wrong!
Post # 8
It depends on what brands you use. We use Pampers Swaddlers/Cruisers (about $25/box) and Enfamil Soy powdered formula (about $28/can). DS (5 months) has always been a big eater, so we’ve been going through a box of diapers a week and a can of formula a week: approximately $50/week or $200/month. However, we usually buy formula with coupons (if you sign up on the manufacturer’s website, they’ll send you coupons every month), so that helps cut costs a little. We just started solids this week, and I’ve already noticed a big drop in his formula consumption; plus I make my own baby food, so I think the cost will keep dropping from here on out.
I think $200-$250/month is a pretty good number, but if need be, there are ways you can reduce that (like buying in bulk at Costco or on diapers.com, using formula coupons, etc…).
Post # 9
@MzMarzipan: That really isn’t your business.. and to be perfectly honest I can’t breast feed. So please do not assume all women can BF. Some women have to feed their child/children formula. There are many different reasons why a woman uses formula.
Post # 10
$250 is a pretty good ballpark.
Post # 11
Diapers.com is pretty awesome when it comes to buying diapers in bulk. The eBulk cases are most cost effective and depending on the size of diapers they come out to be about 17cents a diaper. Sam’s has bulk formula too. We bought several of the enfamil tubs and then just buy the refill boxes. One refill box is $37 and fills 2 tubs. Each tub is about $24. Also sign up on enfamil/similac/goodstart websites and they send out $4 or $5 coupons several times. We have had a total of about $100 in coupons so far. Some of our friends use an opposite brand as us and they signed up for both similac and enfamil and we share coupons. 🙂
Post # 12
Try Amazon Mom for diapers. Two friends recommended them for the cheapest in Diapers and I just signed up the other day and ordered my first box. I found them much cheaper than everywhere else that I checked. (We got Pampers Swaddlers)
Post # 13
we use cloth diapers during the weeknights and at nights they cost about $400 plus accessories. and then now we just wash them once or twice a week.
since my baby started daycare at 12 weeks, we use disposables during the day mon-fri and it costs about $40 for a box which lasts about a month since its only used at daycare. I am signed up with amazon mom so I get a good deal on diapers.
I breastfeed but do add a little formula to each bottle since she wasnt gaining enough weight. But I dont know how much formula you would use if you were exclusively formula feeding.
Also the amount you spend really varies depending on brand.
Post # 14
I couldn’t breast feed either so I had to go the formula route, but then discovered ds was lactoce intolerent. We payed $400 a month for the special formula that FINALLY his stomach agreed with. It took a few weeks to find the one that was going to work.
You can’t always budget for the unexpected.
As far as diapers TARGET!! They’re cheap and the work the best. Some of the cheaper ones from kmart or walmart fell apart on me, but target’s brand held up like a pro! Bonus was they were unscented, so they didn’t aggrivate ds’s sensitve skin
Post # 15
@MzMarzipan As for the need to be on a budget for these items, that’s not really the case. I just figured that with a baby on the way, it would be a good time to revisit our finances and make sure we are adequately planning for the incidentals and to also get a feel for how much we’ll be able to still put away in savings after the cost of daycare and where we could afford to cut back on any of our current unnecessary/discretionary spending.
At a minimum, I do plan to BF the first 12 weeks while I am home. While I’d love to do the same when I go back to work, in reality, I’m just not sure that it will be feasible with my work obligations and time commitments — so might as well plan for the expense, I suppose.
Thanks so much for the feedback ladies!