Cost Per Month For Baby

Babies are expensive. No matter how much you prepare yourself for that fact, it’s hard to believe just how much it costs to raise a child in the first year or two of its life. This is especially true if you’re planning on breastfeeding or using cloth diapers (which I highly recommend). In this post we’ll break down how much money you can expect to spend per month on your new bundle of joy and what some of those expenses will be for each category.


Diapers are a staple in every nursery. Whether you use cloth or disposable, they’re an essential part of life with your little one.

  • Types of diapers: The most important thing to know about diapers is that there are two main types: cloth and disposable. Cloth diapers are made from natural fibers like cotton or hemp, while disposables use synthetic materials like polyester. They can also be made with a combination of fabrics, like some fitted cloth diapers that have an outer waterproof layer but don’t require folding over the top edge (like regular ones) for extra protection against leaks. Disposable diapers are very convenient if you want to throw them away after each change—no washing required! But if you’re going for convenience and ease-of-use over environmental impact (or cost), then cloth may be better suited for your family because they need to be washed regularly anyway—and when it comes down to it, washing machines aren’t exactly “environmentally friendly.”
  • Cost of Diapers: You should expect the average newborn baby will go through about 6 – 8 large packs per month (4 – 5 days between changes). If your child is breastfed only or doesn’t eat solids yet, then expect less usage per month because their output will likely decrease significantly compared with formula fed babies who produce more solid waste during each stooling episode due their higher fiber intake from food sources such as fruits/veggies etcetera.”


You’ll need to stock up on wipes—and fast. You’ll use them to clean spit-up, dirty diapers and sticky fingers, so they’re a necessity. But there are many types of wipes available. Do you want cloth or disposable? Natural or chemical? There are so many options!

After you figure out which kind works best for your family, it’s time to weigh the pros and cons of each type:

  • Cloth Wipes

Pros: -You can reuse them as long as they don’t get tooiled or torn (which should be easy when used on a newborn). -They have no chemical additives like those found in disposables. Cons: -If not properly stored and washed regularly, bacteria from the diaper area may spread onto other parts of your home. It’s also important to note that cloth wipes will require more laundry than disposable ones do because you’ll have to wash them after every use (or if they become dirty).

Baby food/formula

How much does it cost?

According to the USDA, a month’s worth of formula costs about $20 (or around $240 per year). Here’s how much you can expect to spend on baby food:

  • Baby Cereal: $0.15 – 0.30/ounce (1 serving)
  • Fruit Puree: $0.35 – 0.60/ounce (1 serving)
  • Vegetable Puree: $0.50 – 0.90/ounce (1 serving)

Misc baby supplies (diaper cream, etc.)

Here are the baby supplies you’ll need to buy for your little one.

  • Diaper cream: If you’re using cloth diapers, you’ll want to get some diaper rash cream. You can also use it on normal diapers when your child has a bad case of diaper rash.
  • Baby shampoo: You’ll also need to purchase a shampoo for washing your child’s hair. This might not seem like something you’d have to buy at all, but if you’re going with disposable diapers, this is essential! Otherwise they will stink up their clothes and other things in the house if they don’t wash regularly!
  • Baby lotion: Your newborn will need moisturizer on their skin after every bath or shower so that they don’t dry out too much while adapting to being outside of their mother’s womb (or wherever she gave birth).


In a friendly tone, you could say “This one is a bit trickier to figure out, since babies grow so fast. If you have an older child, or if your baby is still pretty young, then the cost of clothing is probably low.

However, once your baby starts getting bigger (and therefore more expensive) clothes soon follow suit. Babies are expensive! Luckily there are some ways to save money on this category:

  • Buy used clothing online—this can be especially helpful if you’re planning on having more than one child and don’t want to buy clothes over and over again;
  • Make your own clothes at home with simple patterns;

Hygiene products (baby shampoo, etc.)

The first thing you need to know about hygiene products for babies is that they are very different from the ones we use as adults. This section will outline what you’ll need and why you should use it, but it’s important to remember that these are just suggestions—you can find products in any pharmacy or supermarket.

  • Baby shampoo: This is soapy water that helps clean your baby’s hair without drying out their skin. There are two main types of shampoo: regular (like the kind you might use), which needs to be rinsed out; and tear-free/hypoallergenic, which is designed not to sting if it gets into your baby’s eyes.
  • Baby soap: Your newborn won’t be ready for real soap until his immune system matures enough around 2 months old—so until then stick with a gentle cleanser made especially for infants like Aquaphor or Cetaphil cleansing bar.*
  • Baby lotion: Not only does this moisturize your baby’s skin but also protects against diaper rash! Try Aveeno Infant Daily Lotion with Natural Oat Extract.*
  • Baby powder: You don’t want wetness building up under their clothing too much—this can cause chafing and rashes.*
  • Baby oil*: A light layer of mineral oil applied daily is all most newborns need when dealing with dryness issues.*


Toys are a great way to keep your baby entertained. They can also be expensive, but it’s important to remember that the age of your child determines which toys are appropriate for them.

Here are some examples:

  • For infants under 6 months old, squeeze toys make perfect first-time gifts. These simple toys will help develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination as well as give you something to do with your baby when he or she is in her crib or bouncer seat (which were another expense). If you want something more elaborate, try a mobile that plays music—this will stimulate both sight and hearing senses simultaneously!
  • For babies ages 6–12 months old who are walking independently, soft blocks provide hours of entertainment (and minimal cleanup). A harder set such as Legos has been shown to improve fine motor skills; however, if you’re worried about choking hazards then stick with one of these options instead!

A baby is expensive.

The costs of raising a child vary greatly, depending on where you live, your family size and whether or not you have other children. There are also some things you can do to reduce the cost of having a baby.

For example:

  • If possible, try to have a baby shower with gifts of gift cards instead of items that need to be purchased.
  • Buy in bulk when possible and use coupons when doing so (especially at places like Costco).
  • Shop at second-hand stores when looking for clothes for your child.


The cost of a baby is high. It’s important to understand that the cost of a baby goes beyond just diapers and formula. There are many other expenses you need to account for when raising an infant, including clothing, hygiene products, toys and more!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *