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Budgeting for baby!!! jess+rey=ellie 1 child; North Carolina 276 posts
Aug 13th '08

Ok ladies i need your help. I need to kno how much and average baby costs for the first year of life. I have a lot saved up in the bank and its growing constantly thanks to my hard working bf. but i want to leave a certain amount in my checking accounttouse only on the baby and then start putting some into my savings.i do plan to breastfeed buti want to budgetas if i wasnt. I know formula (small cans) are around 13ishbut thats about all i know.In about a monthhow much do you spend on everything? year?

MRS. CHAND❤ 5 kids; 2 angel babies; Conroe, TX, United States 3204 posts
Aug 13th '08

I have researched this before, there was a website I used to predict how much your baby's first year will cost and mine only came out to about $1300 because I had already gotten a lot of things from my baby shower and such.... on average I would say about $1700 though....

**Texan in Seattle** 2 kids; Washington 2681 posts
Aug 13th '08

Including diapers, formula, wipes, etc, you can probably expect to pay around $200 or more a month if you aren't breastfeeding for the first few months. You can save a lot of money later on by making your own baby food and freezing it, or you can go the more expensive route and buy all the pre-packaged baby food that they sell for nearly $1 a piece. It's been a while since we've had to do all of this, so I'm not really sure how much we spent on baby things in the beginning. This time I'll be bf-ing again and I plan on making our own baby food to save money. I'll also be attempting cloth diapers.

BrittanieY 18 kids; South Carolina 16634 posts
Aug 13th '08

The co-pays alone for the first 2 months added up fast. She was at the pediatrician's office for one reason or another at least once a week and at $20 a visit, it gets expensive!

001 1 child; Pennsylvania 286 posts
Aug 13th '08
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MamaKeri 2 kids; Belleville, Ontario 938 posts
Aug 13th '08
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MRS. CHAND❤ 5 kids; 2 angel babies; Conroe, TX, United States 3204 posts
Aug 13th '08

Well, lol.... I guess I totally didn't even think about those expenses (Doc visits and such). It could actually turn out to be a lot more expensive than what I thought originally. :D

~NOELANI~ 1 child; Boston, Massachusetts 941 posts
Aug 13th '08

This post was very helpful. That estimate for the year isn't so bad if u dont add in say laundry costs, gas to / from appts, and don't forget medicine (my copays are $15 i think)

jess+rey=ellie 1 child; North Carolina 276 posts
Aug 13th '08

i was googling it and they said it can cost 3000+ for the first year!!! :shock:
do you think thats a little much? o and i dont qualify for wic for some reason i tried already.

Kristen515 2 kids; Savannah, Georgia 19594 posts
Aug 13th '08

Are you putting your child in daycare? That's expensive!!! Here it's $120/wk. Works out to $6240 annually. Then diapers. Average diaper is about $0.22 and you probably use about 10-12 a day. That's almost $1000 a year. I'm not sure about formula. I know it's expensive, but I honestly have not even looked into the actual cost- I plan on breastfeeding. But the breast pump rental at my hospital is $75/mo or I can buy one for $300. I know I will need one when I go back to work. Plus doctor visits, clothing, baby detergent, lotions, etc. I imagine we will easily spend about $700-800/month in the first year. It's crazy--that's how much we pay on our mortgage!

BrittanieY 18 kids; South Carolina 16634 posts
Aug 13th '08
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MamaKeri 2 kids; Belleville, Ontario 938 posts
Aug 13th '08
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Afloridacracker California 5332 posts
Aug 13th '08

its all about catching the sales too.... I am an avid couponer and for the $1.50 that I pay for the newspaper every week, I save probably $50 (easy) if you have a CVS near you, then you need to get into using their card to work for you go to www.moneysavingmom.com and look at her cvs post or to www.afullcup.com and check out the cvs forum....I will be getting 2 packs of huggies, 2 packs of wipes, some infant advil and some J&J baby wash for under $7.... I BF, so I don't have to pay for formula, but I am averaging less than .10 a piece for name brand diapers... I got free diapers from wlagreens a month or so ago, but my baby can't wear them.. there are deals out there, you just have to find them

Kristen515 2 kids; Savannah, Georgia 19594 posts
Aug 13th '08
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BrittanieY 18 kids; South Carolina 16634 posts
Aug 13th '08
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