The Real Costs Of Raising A Kid: Baby Expenses That Will Surprise You

July 1, 2015 ‐ By Julia Austin
Black father/parent with son/child/baby


Believe it or not, but the purchases for a kid who barely weighs in the double digits can be more expensive than the expenses for an adult at times. Here are 15 things a child needs cost an arm and a leg.

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  • ebonyhud

    TBH I just clicked so I could comment on the cutie in the thumbnail article pic. Those cheeks! ^_^

  • NewYorkBunny

    Don’t waste money on a crib. Get you a Pack N’ Play. Converts from a crib to a play pen. The only strollers I know that cost that much are double strollers. Single strollers are inexpensive. Walmart does exist. Finally, I did everything by the book with my first concerning a diaper bag. Completely unnecessary. You don’t use 76% of the stuff in there ever. Now with my second, I throw some diapers, wipes, and an extra outfit in my purse and I’m on my way. Stick with breastfeeding guys, it’s free and it’s easy.

  • Raze

    Some of these items are highly important, like healthcare, schooling, a car seat, stroller, diapers and formula. Others, not so much. You can easily buy a crib and a dresser second hand (plenty of people willing to get rid of theirs). Same goes for clothing. It’s ridiculous to spend $60 month on clothes. Buy clothes one size larger; they last longer. You don’t always need a larger house to raise a kid. Some people try way too hard. Raising a kid may be costly at times, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take.

  • Ms Kameria

    All the more reasons not to have kids….I’d rather have none, and keep a couple of coins in my pocketbook any day.

  • Taz

    I want no parts of a kid and many of my fellow educated millinials( if that’s how its spelled) 25 and up are with me. No thanks. Its just too much all around.

    • exactly! they can have it. i like spending money on myself

  • GypsyCurl

    Maybe it’s just me but the only things that are outrageous are daycare and healthcare. Cribs, mattress, dresser, stroller……$100 for each (and I’m sure better bargains can be found) are nothing. If I’m spending $100 on myself for a luxury item, then I can surely spend that selflessly on my child (if I had one). There are many froo froo things that people buy unnecessarily for their baby.

  • nokids

    Tell this to Sherri Shepherd the DEADBEAT MOM… splash

  • OpalCR

    Yikes! This added up to my beauty products and outfit allowance…. Yeah no.