Before having children, few couples actually sit down and think about the financial expenses they are about to incur on a monthly or weekly basis. I know that I was not prepared for the cost of things when I became a first-time mother. That was nearly 8 years ago and the prices and need for items has grown immensely. These are a few of the expenses that shocked me when I became a mom for the first time.
Like everything else, medicines increase in cost. When I first bought infant Tylenol and gas relief drops, I remember paying around $3 for each. My son was born just two years ago, and both of these products already cost close to $5 a piece. You can probably find a generic version for cheaper, but I prefer to use brand name medications. In just six years, the cost nearly doubled. We use the Tylenol before shots to prevent a fever before it develops. The gas drops helped keep both babies from screaming when they had a bellyache.
Yes, this is one that shocked me to the core. All my babies have been born in spring or summer, so the initial cost for the first year was nothing. Once the kids hit a year old, they were able to wear sunblock. When I first bought it, I was paying around $6 for a brand name bottle with an SPF of at least 80. Just a few days ago I needed to get some for my son, and paid $11 for a bottle. It was the same one I had been using for years with my daughter. Again, in just six years the cost doubled on a product that is necessary for children.
I figured that bottles were made to be durable, but I was wrong. I had originally purchased six small bottles, and six bigger ones. I didn't anticipate having to replace the nipples frequently and replacing the bottles as they were lost or worn out. Gerber products have always been my choice, and they used to cost around $3 for a package of three. When I purchased a few new ones the other day for our new baby, I was shocked to see they are at a little over $5 for the same package. The nipples have stayed at around $3, which is what I remember buying them for years ago.
These are just three of the expenses that may shock you when welcoming a new baby. As time goes on, clothing and food will costs will rise as well. Always keep in mind that prices and items will change. Make sure you budget extra money weekly or monthly for baby expenses. You don't want to be left needing something and not have the money available.
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