My Baby Costs so far

**Editor’s note: Since I originally wrote this, I’ve already spent an additional $1,000 on randrom crap. I’ll try to update this page later.

Many people know that babies are expensive. But nothing really prepares you for all that extra money you need to spend. My wife and I had already spent a small fortune since we had to go through IVF, so we weren’t looking forward to these additional costs.

To prepare for all these expenses, most people recommend having a baby shower. There’s nothing like getting a ton of free stuff from your friends right? Sure, that may work for some people, but my wife really had no interest in that. Instead, we decided to buy everything on our own. We’ve spent roughly $3,000 which sounds like a lot (it is), but here’s how the numbers break down.

Getting the baby room ready

Some people go crazy with their nursery and spend an insane amount of money, but we kept it reasonable and spent a total of $1039. Here’s what we spent on the room so far.

  • $339 – Crib and bedsheets
  • $150 – Baby box
  • $20 – Lamp
  • $100 – Wall art
  • $115 – Change table
  • $65 – Change pad and and covers
  • $200 – Baby monitor
  • $50 – Crib mobile

I know I said we kept things reasonable, but spending $1,000+ is still a fair amount. We were able to save a bit of money by buying a few things from HomeSense. We “hacked” our changing table by purchasing an IKEA shelf and adding legs to it so it also doubles as storage space for toys when our kid gets older.

We didn’t bother painting the room since we had already painted the year before. We kept the wall art simple and just purchased a few prints from Etsy and picture frames from IKEA. Some parents get obsessed with their nursery but we were pretty happy keeping things simple.

Mobile expenses for the baby

You don’t need many things to make your baby mobile, but these items tend to be the highest ticket items which can bring up costs fast. I’ve spent a total of $1,110 on the following:

  • $730 – Stroller
  • $35 – Cup holder
  • $240 – Car seat
  • $65 – Snug seat insert
  • $40 – Baby bag

Spending that much on a stroller pained me. I couldn’t believe how expensive those things are. That being said, my wife felt that the Uppababy brand was well worth the money. After speaking to other parents, they agreed. There are cheaper options available so you just need to see what’s out there and decide what works for you. Car seats don’t vary much in price, what you need to do is look for one that’s ideal for the type of car you have. Eventually when my child gets bigger, I’ll have to buy a new car seat. I didn’t list a baby sling since we were gifted one and I still need to buy a car mirror that will cost another $45.

On a positive note, it shouldn’t be too hard to sell my stroller and car seat used in the future. There’s a huge market for these items and I should be able to recoup 50% – 65% of my original cost when I’m ready to sell. Note that car seats have an expirary date so make sure you know yours if you plan on selling your car seat used.

Baby related expenses

Here’s where things get a bit complicated. Some of the following expenses are one time things, but you’ll see that many others will eventually be replaced. All of these small expenses have added up to $530 so far.

  • $80 – Breast pump related items
  • $45 – Nursing bra
  • $29 – Formula bottle
  • $29 – Bottle drying rack and cleaner
  • $35 – Baby tub
  • $20 – Pacifiers
  • $5 – Nail clippers
  • $22 – Nose Frida
  • $16 – Thermometer
  • $20 – Toiletries
  • $129 – Cloth diapers
  • $100 – Clothes

If $100 seems low for clothes, that’s because it is. At the time of this writing, we purposely didn’t purchase much as we suspect we’ll get some clothing as gifts or used clothing from other parents. Despite the fact that we bought cloth diapers, we’ll still need to buy regular diapers as a supplement.

After looking at these small expenses, I’m wondering if we made a mistake by not having a baby shower? I kid! We were always prepared for these expenses. That being said, we’re grateful that we were gifted some stuff.

Final word

No one ever said having children is cheap. I’m on the hook for all their expenses for the next 20 years or so. I could do a running tally (assuming this blog lasts that long), but the costs may terrify me. I’m joking! My wife and I are thrilled to be having a baby We’ll let you know when the little one arrives.

By | 2017-07-12T10:54:29+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Family finances, Personal Finance|

18 Comments

  1. Nicholas June 19, 2017 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the cost of expecting a new born.
    I’m sure welcoming a new born will be priceless, but its good to know what actual costs are before they arrive.
    Wishing you guys the best.

  2. Bridget June 19, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Maternity clothes? Prenatal vitamins? I KNOW YOU ARE LEAVING THINGS OUT BARRY

    • Barry Choi June 19, 2017 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      I’m pretty sure my wife is leaving stuff out of our records on purpose. I went to the mall with her yesterday and she spent like $400 on clothes (hers and for the baby).

      • Bridget June 19, 2017 at 2:37 pm - Reply

        haha! The secret lives of pregnant wives.

    • Ying-NavigatingAdulthood July 1, 2017 at 5:18 am - Reply

      This comment made me laugh so hard- Bridget, I’ve been following you on Twitter and I know you keep it real girl. Also, both of you have made me realize that a baby isn’t “OMG, barely costs anything” from super frugal Redditors, but it’s also not as high as I initially thought.

      Ying-Navigatingadulthood.com

      • Barry Choi July 1, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

        I should note that since I replied to Bridget, we’ve probably added another $500 in expenses. Bottles, clothes, swaddle blankets etc. So yeah my “baby costs so far” is probably closer to $4K.

  3. Penny June 19, 2017 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Bless you and the Nose Frida. I cannot, I will not. I thought my love for Baby was unconditional, but it makes me gag just thinking about it. Plain old bulb aspirator for us! (Though my friends assure me I’ll change my tune as soon as Baby gets sick). This is a great breakdown. We were lucky to be gifted a lot of the bigger ticket items for our shower, but no matter which way you slice it, kids are expensive.

    • Barry Choi June 19, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      Penny,

      Yeah we got a lot of free stuff too but as I’ve quickly realized, there have been many more expenses added since I wrote this script.

  4. Adriana @MoneyJourney June 20, 2017 at 6:53 am - Reply

    We don’t have kids of our own yet, but most of our friends are already parents 🙂

    From what I’ve heard so far, you’ve actually managed to spend a very reasonable amount of money! Others go crazy and spend so much more and buy so much unnecessary stuff.

    Our friends mostly complain about spending too much on clothes. Babies really do grow up fast so they’re left with their money spent and the baby often doesn’t get to wear those cute outfits because they won’t fit anymore.

    Congratulations and all the best with the new arrival!

    • Barry Choi June 20, 2017 at 8:40 am - Reply

      Adriana,

      I guess we had some sense to not go crazy, but I imagine we’ll spend a lot more once the kid arrives.

  5. Robb Engen June 20, 2017 at 8:38 am - Reply

    You’ll definitely be able to resell the stroller and recoup most of the cost. We bought a Croozer double jogging stroller for $600 and they sell used for $450-$500.

    Don’t bother selling the car seat. They expire after a few years anyway and there’s so many manufacturer recalls issued that the buyer won’t be able to keep up: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/motorvehiclesafety/safedrivers-childsafety-notices-2011c01-1168.htm

    • Barry Choi June 20, 2017 at 8:50 am - Reply

      Robb,

      Meh, at least I’ll get money back for the stroller.

  6. Owen @ PlanEasy June 26, 2017 at 9:09 am - Reply

    You’re doing well!

    We have two small girls and so far it hasn’t been too crazy. We’re lucky because on my wife’s side she’s the youngest and gets a lot of lightly used children’s stuff from her brother and sister.

    Anything not consumable can be purchased used. Baby stuff especially, its practically brand new. We just bought a bed for our toddler. It cost us $150 for a solid wood bed off Craigslist. It would have been $600+tax at the store for the exact same bed. A small can of mahogany stain fixed all the scratch marks. We just had to buy a mattress.

    • Barry Choi June 26, 2017 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      Hey Owen,

      Thanks for the encouragement! I probably should have bought more stuff used but I was too lazy to check out the usual sites. I’m probably going to write a post later about how much I could have saved if I bought all used.

  7. Virna July 4, 2017 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Hi Barry, Congrats to you and your wife!!!

  8. GYM July 11, 2017 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    I think your baby costs are pretty good so far, the average is somewhere around $8000 I think (well including the rest of the year). You guys are going the cloth diaper route, I commend you! The cloth diaper costs will be able to be recouped too- are you doing a diaper delivery service or planning to wash it in the washer/dryer?

    • Barry Choi July 11, 2017 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      GYM,

      These costs seem to only go up. Things have been manageable so far, but man kids are expensive. We BOUGHT the cloth diapers, but have not attempted to use them yet.

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