We spend $60 a week on formula. We spend $40 a week on diapers….
An infant will likely cost $160 a month to diaper….
An infant will likely cost $50 a month for creams, wipes, bottles, blankets, carriers, swaddles, strollers, bouncers, books, toys, rattles, shoes, clothing, pacifiers, soap, washrags, bathtubs, spit up cloths, changing pads, cribs, pack and plays, etc. Yes, you can get many of these things cheap, or as hand-me-downs. You’ll never get them all, though, and that’s why it will be at least $50 a month.
An infant costs $50 a month in laundry. You will do laundry every day. The baby will soil numerous outfits. Not just baby outfits, but mommy outfits. If you have a washer and dryer, expect your water and electricity bill to jump at least $40 a month. If you do not, you will be looking at spending at least that amount at the laundromat, plus extra for transportation. Or, you could buy more clothes to do it less often, which then ups the amount of your monthly incidentals….
An infant costs between $500 and $2000 a month to care for. By the time he or she has made it through the first year, the expenses will run anywhere between $6000 and $24,000 – all before the actual costs of medical care or giving birth.
Is every “sidewalk counselor” and anti-abortion politician ready to really take on the financial commitment that an infant represents? Or do they want to continue saying a car seat, a jug of formula and a box of Pampers is all a woman really needs?
~Robin Marty, who apparently only does her baby shopping at incredibly overpriced stores, and who now seems to believe pregnancy resource centers don’t do enough to help women, RH Reality Check, April 18
[HT: Jivin J; image via thefreshxpress.com]