Author: Brandon  |  Category: Family, Logan

Cost to Raise a Child

How much does it cost to raise a son? Well lets just start with the first 2 years. From things I have read it seems costs for the first two years should stay down and around $10,000…lets walk through it shall we…

Item Description – Cost

1. 9 Months of Pregnancy – More than you want to know

Week 1

2. $700 – Insurance Premiums for Birth

3. $14,000 – Delivery, about $5,000 more than anticipated and no, the insurance will not cover what they said they would

4. $120 – Baby shots

5. $20 – Cough Medicine, The baby just got sick from too much crying (the shots)

6. $240 – Breast Pump

7. $30 – Bottles for Pump

8. $45 – Bottles for Pump, The first ones didn’t work because they were the cheap brand and you decided to splurge for the nicer pump to help compensate for the horrible 9 month of pregnancy your wife just went through

9. $1,600 – Travel crib, baby crib, baby dresser, bassinette, pillows, blankets, stuffed toys, decorations, music boxes, baby clothes, baby lotion, baby powder, special baby wash and shampoo, bathtub for the sink, baby scrubbers, baby washrags, burp rags, rattles, toys, and other miscellaneous essentials. Better make it $2,400…It all has to match

10. $100 – New car seat for the ride home from the hospital –

11. $20 – Interior car cleaning from spit-up from first ride home form the hospital –

12. $40 – Diapers , More already?!!?

13. $3 – Pacifier –

14. $6 – Gas/ Pacifier, where did that first one go?

Week 2

15. $100 – Lost wages, showing up late every day for work due to lack of sleep

16. $120 – Doctor Visit, he is healthy and doing well

17. $100 – Car seat, the baby wouldn’t sleep in the first one

18. $250 – Another bill from the hospital that was not discussed

Week 3

19. $20 – Carpet cleaner, he decided to pee only when the diaper came off to change him

20. $120 – Doctor Visit, he seems to have come down with an ear infection

21. $30 – Ear Drops

22. $20 – Cough Medicine, The ear infection spawned a cold

23. $80 – Digital Thermometer

24. $200 – New set of clothes, Just outgrew his 1-6 month clothes

Week 4

25. $100 – Let start a college savings account

26. $50 – One Week worth of Formula, Breastfeeding didn’t work out so well

27. $250 – Drywall patch and Repair, Turns out the breast pump goes through the air very well

28. $50 – More formula, baby developed allergy to first brand

Week 5 to 2 years

29. $3,842 – Formula, Baby food, and other food

30. $214 – Cleaning up after formula, baby food, and other food

31. $200 – The college fund we keep talking about (it went so well for two more months)

32. $1,900 – Diapers and Wipes, after trying only 3 different brands we found one that worked

33. $100 – New Car seat, yes he can sit up now

34. $700 – New Toys

35. $2400 – Clothes

36. $100 – New Car seat, for the other car

37. $200 – Paint Repairs – Found out it was fun to play with keys on moms car

38. $300 – New Phone – A phone doesn’t work so well after being thrown in the toilet

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39. $50 – New Remote – A Remote is not a hammer for children

40. $100 – New phone – A phone doesn’t work so well after being put through the wash

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41. $50 – Special cleaner for couch cushions, he learned how to pee standing up

42. $2,640 – Miscellaneous other costs that are sure to be incurred

Grand Total: $32,210

It would seem estimates are a little low. Yes, Children do cost more than you think.