Having a baby can very be the biggest change that a couple can experience. It does come with a lot of immeasurable joys and pleasures, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility and expenses. From the get go, getting pregnant will cost the couple - doctor’s fees, medical tests, and supplements are only some of the expenses that will be incurred. When the mother gives birth, more expenses are incurred, naturally; and once, the baby is born, even more expenses crop up.
The main expense that parents will have to face is milk. Whether the mother decides to breastfeed or to use milk formula, it comes at a cost. A baby needs a lot of milk, and milk formula costs a lot. Feeding bottles, nipples, and sterilizing equipment also need to be purchased. Breastfeeding is a cheaper option, but the mother has to invest in nutritious food and supplements even, in order to ensure a steady supply of milk. More so, one has to purchase equipment such as breast pumps and feeding bottles. If a mother decides to breastfeed, she also needs to purchase other things for herself such as nursing bras.
Another common expense are diapers. Cloth diapers may be cheaper than disposable diapers, but the former also requires more effort in washing. Other supplies that are necessary are baby clothes, blankets, sheets, baby wash, baby powder, and so on.
Medical expenses are also unavoidable. Regular visits to a pediatrician are necessary. Vitamins and other supplements may also be required.