Individual pricing categories vary, of course, but some cost factors have risen significantly (and some have fallen) as a percentage of the overall expense:
The calculator assumes specific financial figures for baby products and services, such as $72 per month for diapers and up to $150 for a good infant car seat. It also weighs average ongoing expenses including saving for college and spending on medicine and clothing. Although Babycenter.com estimates that the average cost of a newborn baby's first year is $10,158, use the calculator yourself with your budget and lifestyle to see what having a newborn will cost you and your family. No question, having children is a wonderful, if demanding, experience. After all, a big reason (some say the only reason) we're here in the first place is to propagate the species. But all that propagating has a price tag attached, and it's much better to know what it'll be. --By Brian O'Connell More on family finances:
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