BABY BUDGET
How much does the first year cost?

Take this quiz and find out how much it costs to raise a baby for a year! Enter how many of each item you think you will need. Total it up. Are there other items you can think of that you will need in the baby's first year? Doctor visits, toys, etc.? Add this to your total.


BEFORE BABY ARRIVES

  1. You will need monthly check-ups with the doctor for pre-natal care. ($1,500.00) Enter 1 here for paying the doctor!
  2. You will need to buy months worth of prenatal vitamins! ($15.00 for 1 months supply)
  3. Don't forget about the hospital! Enter 1 here for paying the hospital! ($5,000.00)
  4. You will need to buy an infant car seat to take the baby home from the hospital. (You can't leave without one!) ($45.00) Enter 1 here for buying a car seat!

NURSERY ITEMS
  1. You will need crib(s). ($100.00 each)
  2. You will need crib mattress(es). ($45.00 each)
  3. You will need crib sheets. ($10.00 each)
  4. You will need crib blankets. ($10.00 each)
  5. You will need crib mattress pad(s). ($7.76 each)
  6. You will need receiving blanket(s). ($2.98 each)
  7. You will need crib mobile(s). ($14.95 each)
  8. You will need crib activity center(s). ($12.57 each)
  9. You will need changing table(s). ($89.00 each)
  10. You will need changing table pad(s). ($8.00 each)
  11. You will need cradle(s) or bassinette(s). ($80.00 each)

HEALTH /SAFETY ITEMS
(Remember, you are buying for a year!)

  1. You will need hairbrush(es) and comb(s) for the baby. ($6.87 each)
  2. You will need digital thermometer(s). ($10.27 each)
  3. You will need humidifier(s)/vaporizer(s) ($35.42 each) for when the baby gets sick and you probably ought to pick up nasal aspirator(s) ($2.01 each) and medicine dropper(s) ($1.97 each) while you are at the store!
  4. You will need toothbrush(es). ($ .89 each)
  5. You will need baby monitor(s). So you can hear when the baby is crying. ($25.00 each)
  6. Do you have stairs in your house? You will need stairway gate(s) to protect the baby from falling down the stairs. ($9.96 each)
  7. You will need drawer latches ($ .13 each) and outlet plug covers ($ .09 each) so the baby doesn't get into things he/she shouldn't. ($ each)
  8. You will need baby bathtub(s). ($14.39 each)
  9. You will need baby washcloths. ($ .79 each) (Don't forget to get enough for when you haven't had time to do the laundry!)
  10. You will need bathtub ring ($8.96 each) and faucet protector(s) ($2.00 each) so baby can be independent in the bath.
  11. You will need hooded towel(s) to keep the baby warm after the bath. ($6.00 each)
  12. You will need to buy : (Remember you are buying for a year!)
    baby soap(s) ($2.77 each),
    baby lotion(s) ($2.81 each),
    baby powder(s) ($2.00 each),
    baby oil(s) ($2.80 each),
    diaper rash ointment(s). ($3.50 each)
  13. You will need to buy boxes of laundry detergent for baby clothes! ($4.89 each) (Hint - About 2 a month!)

DIAPERS
(Remember, you are buying for a year!)

  1. You will need to buy disposable diapers. ($ .30 each) (Hint - you will use about 75 diapers a week and about 320 diapers a month)
  2. Even if you are using disposables, cloth diapers come in handy as burp/spit towels!
    You decide to buy dozen to keep on hand. ($12.00 each)
  3. You will need to buy boxes of baby wipes. ($2.97 each) (Hint - you will use about 2 a month).
  4. You will need to buy diaper bag(s). ($15.00 each)
  5. You will need to buy cloth diapers if you choose to use them instead of disposable. ($12.00 each) (Hint - You should have at least 3 dozen clean diapers on hand).
  6. You will need to buy diaper pail(s). ($17.95 each)
  7. You will need to buy diaper cover(s). ($1.59 each)

FEEDING BABY
(Remember, you are buying for a year!)

If you plan on breast-feeding the Baby:

  1. You will need to buy breast pump(s) if you plan on nursing while you are in school or working. ($24.98 each)
  2. You will need to buy nursing pad(s). ($ .58 each) (Hint - about 3-4 a day)
  3. You will need to buy nursing bra(s). ($14.00 each) (Hint - you will need extras because of how quickly they need to be laundered!)
  4. You will need to buy pacifiers. ($1.34 each) (Better buy a few extra - for the ones that end up getting misplaced).
  5. You will need to buy pacifier holders. ($1.76 each)

If you plan on using formula:

  1. You will need to buy cans of formula. ($3.65 each) (Hint - you will use 7-8 a week and about 32 a month).
  2. You will need to buy packages of wipes. ($2.97 each) (Hint - 2 a month).
  3. You will need to buy 4 oz. bottles. ($ .99 each)
  4. You will need to buy 8 oz bottles. Don't forget to get enough to allow for breakage and having a couple of spares. ($1.65 each)
  5. You will need to buy bottle brush(es) to clean the bottles. ($2.00 each)
  6. You will need to buy boxes of bottle inserts if you plan on using them. ($3.43 each) (Hint - about 4 a month).
  7. You will need to buy nipple(s) for the bottles. These are in addition to your bottles! ($ .30 each)

CONGRATULATIONS!
(Remember, you are buying for a year!)

The good news is your baby is getting bigger and more independent. The bad news is there are more expenses involved!

  1. Your baby is growing - you now need a toddler car seat.
    Enter 1 here to buy a toddler car seat. ($55.00)
  2. You will need to buy jars of baby food. ($ .47 each) (Hint - Babies begin on solid foods at about 6 months.)
  3. You will need high chair(s). ($47.00 each)
  4. You will need to buy childproof plates and bowls. ($3.96 each)
  5. You will need to buy infant spoons. ($ .94 each)
  6. You will need to buy cloth bibs. ($2.75 each)
  7. You will need to buy plastic bibs. ($1.96 each)
  8. You will need to buy no-spill cups. ($1.73 each)

CLOTHING
(Remember, you are buying for a year!)

  1. You will need to buy sleepers. ($4.95 each)
  2. You will need to buy hats. ($2.78 each)
  3. You will need to buy booties. ($2.39 each)
  4. You will need to buy gowns. ($6.00 each)
  5. You will need to buy outfits. ($12.00 each)
  6. You will need to buy socks. ($2.48 each)
  7. You will need to buy coats. ($24.00 each)
  8. You will need to buy warm suits. ($18.00 each)
  9. You will need to buy shirts. ($6.45 each)
  10. You will need to buy pants. ($9.18 each)

ADDITIONAL ITEMS (Luxuries for your Baby)

Not necessary items, but they sure make life easier!

  1. You decide to buy carrier(s). ($40.00 each)
  2. You decide to buy stroller(s). ($48.00 each)
  3. You decide to buy play yard. ($60.00)
  4. You decide to buy extra diaper bag(s). ($15.00 each)
  5. You decide to buy swing(s). ($80.00 each)
  6. You decide to buy doorway jumper(s). ($20.00 each)
  7. You decide to buy small toys. ($8.00 each)
  8. You decide to buy books. ($3.00 each)
  9. You decide to get set(s) of pictures taken. ($30.00 each)
  10. You decide to buy yard toys. ($48.00 each)

All together it will cost


This is a brief insight into the costs of having a baby. You might not need all of the items listed, but this is the "recommended" shopping list for new parents. There are also additional costs not listed, like going to the doctor, etc.

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*All figures used for calculating the costs of raising a baby for a year are based on average prices from three discount chain stores. You may find prices near you to be slightly higher or lower.