(Closed) How much are babies, really?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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 # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@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 # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

A lot.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Don’t forget to include health insurance. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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! πŸ˜‰ 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

My parents always joke and say they spent a million dollars on us. lol 

@KatyElle: 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
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I seriously tried to think of a legit answer and when I started calculating I got overwhelmed and could only say… “A lot.”

True story!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
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Busy bee
  • 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 πŸ˜‰ 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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@sand dollar:LOVE this idea!!! Will put it in the memory bank for the future (2-4yrs)!

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@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).

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