Babies can prove to be quite expensive but they do not have to be as expensive as they are made by most of the people around us. Before my daughter was born, I remember coming across the estimated costs of numerous items. The prices seemed so much exaggerated to me and I hardly could fathom the idea of how such a tiny little fellow could cost so much.
Let’s just have a look at the different things and how much they cost. Keep in mind that the costs we will be discussing are for the brand new stuff and the more expensive merchandise are essentially designer options.
Your baby must have one and some have even more than one depending on their size. The infant seats generally cost around $100 but can cost up to $250. Convertible car seats cost between $50 and $300 and can last between 3 and 5 years.
Crib can be a nice place for an infant to sleep in. The crib costs between $125 and $2,000 excluding a mattress. The more sophisticated options cost more.
You will definitely want to put a mattress in the crib which costs between $50 and $400. This is the price for organic options.
A large number of baby bedding sets cost around $200. A few sheets and blankets can cost up to $50. The more expensive items may cost about $500.
A stroller can boast a price anywhere between $150 and $1,600. You can get an umbrella stroller for as low as $15 but they are not built for the new-borns.
Carriers let you wear your baby as you move along. They come in different versions and generally cost between $50 and $200.
I’m gelling it together since you can have them bundled together and some moms do no want a separate changing area. They cost between $200 and $1,000 depending on their reliability and build.
You will probably not be needing a high chair right after the infant is born but eventually you are going to get one. They can cost between $50 and $300 depending on the model that you prefer. There must be a few designer models that can cost more than this perhaps.
When we talk about decorations, we are actually referring to paint, wallpaper, hangings etc. Painting a room can cost as low as $30 but you can also embellish it with attractive artefacts that can increase the cost to about $500.
Rocking chairs are adored by most of the mothers. They fall in the price range between $100 and $600.
Baby Feeding Equipment
Being a new mother, you will certainly be in need of a pump and a few bottles. You may even be looking to purchase an entire bottle feeding gear. Nevertheless, this equipment costs between $50 and $400 particularly when you also include cups, spoons, bowls etc.
A swing is something that a vast majority of parents are interested in purchasing whether they kid ends up using it or not. These can be had from $50 to $200 depending on the different features of the products,
Pack ‘n’ Play
This is not a mandatory item but some of the parents end up getting them. The cheaper ones can come for $50 but the more advanced versions with a changing station, bassinet, toys etc. can cost up to $250.
These refer to a baby seat, a jumperoo, an Exersaucer etc. and cost between $30 and $75. A large number of parents purchase more than one and so the total cost can go up to $30 or even $200.
A basic model can be had for as low as $20 but the designer model can be as expensive as $500.
Generally, a baby would be needing four or five sizes in the first year. Based on the brand you go for and the quantity of clothes, parents can spend about $200 to $500 per size. This can cost you between $800 and $2,500 for the clothes.
During the first year, a baby tends to use about 8 to 12 diapers in a day. Now, according to Amazon, a typical diaper costs about 25 cents while the premium brands can cost more than that. Nevertheless, it can cost you anywhere in between $700 to $1200 just for the first year. Wipes can be had for $0.03 each and you may even require a couple of wipes per diaper change. That means, you will be needing $150 to $300 in the first year. When it comes to cloth diapers and assuming you are planning to use one size diapers and have 24 of them, they can cost $450 and can be used till the potty training. Cloth wipes, similarly, can cost $12 assuming that you 12 of them cost about $6 and you plan to get 24 of them. Washing is a factor that should also be taken into account, but even if you end up using two of these items extra per week, it can cost you about $50 additional per year.
A lot of parents love to own a bathtub for their baby which can be had for $10 to $50 based on the style you choose.
If you opt for a more reasonable choice, then the baby toys such as rattles, books, stacking rings etc. can cost about $25. However, you may even spend $1000 on purchasing some high end toys for your bundle of joy.
If you do not breastfeed your baby or alternatively bottle feed them, formula milk can cost up to $0.10 per ounce and the price can go up to $0.5 for the higher end brands. A few babies on special diet can cost up to $1 per ounce. If we assume that a baby eats about 30 ounces per day, it can cost you between $1100 and $11000 per year.
Most of the babies start to eat solid food when they are about four months of age. That is probably a bit too early, I reckon, but that is a debate for another time. On average, a baby eats three jars a day and a jar can cost around $0.5 per jar. So, if we assume that we are going to have three jars per day for 8 months, the cost becomes about $350 and we are not including snacks, finger foods, cereals etc. in this cost. With the snacks included, the costs can go up to $500 in a year.
This list comprises shoes, hats, medicines and other things that have not been enlisted above. This stuff can cost between $100 and $2000.
So, we reach an aggregate of $3,000 to $27,500.
That is serious money for your little bundle of joy. Most of you would be spending in between these extremes but believe me, babies do not have to cost so much!