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How much does having a baby really cost?

Posted on January 8th, 2012 by Alley Pezanoski-Browne 2 Comments

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There’s no denying it: having a baby is expensive. But just how financially costly is it?

The BABY BUDGET game by TeenageParent.org shows you how much you spend in the first year in the life of your baby.

Some of the expenses to take into consideration are:

  • Monthly pre-natal check-ups: $1,500.00
  • Monthly prenatal vitamins: $135.00
  • For the hospital: $5,000.00
  • Infant Car Seat: $45.00
That alone is $6,680.00, and you’ve only just now left the hospital! Once you get home, you need to take into consideration the cost of:
  • A crib and everything that goes with it
  • Receiving blankets
  • A changing table
  • A digital thermometer
  • A baby monitor
  • Stairway gates
  • Drawer latches
  • Outlet plug covers
  • A baby bathtub
  • Baby washcloths
  • Hooded towels
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby powder
  • Baby oil
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • A Diaper bag
  • A breast pump
  • A nursing bra
  • Nursing pads
  • Pacifiers
  • Cans of formula
  • Bottles
  • Nipples for the bottles
  • And a lot more!
Of course, having your child is a reward that makes all of the costs worth it. But if you can, you might want to wait to have a child until you can support one.
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2 Responses

  1. tomyshka says:

    well as you can see several teen mothers have gone foward but with their parents help but some parents might just kick you out and not have their help… first ask yourself before u open your legs and have a baby do i have a job ? is sckool and being a mother gonna be hard? is it worth loosing my career right now that everything just started to come out right?

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