How Much Does it Cost to Have a Baby?


I broke down the cost in two ways. Prenatal through delivery then costs for the first year of life.


Prenatal, Delivery, and Post-Delivery Care


Prenatal Vitamins- $50-180 for about 8 months


Maternity Clothes (bras, pants, shirts, bigger shoes possibly) - $200-$1000


OB/GYN checkup appts. (prenatal) - $400 (copay with insurance) -$2000 (no insurance)


Ultrasound - $300 for the scan then up to $100 for interpretation


Demerol - $50


Epidural - $100


Extra hospital days - $200-$400/day


Total For Hospital Bills (labor and immediately after)


$6,000 to $8,000 for a normal vaginal delivery and $10,000 to $12,000 for cesarean (no complications or extra days in hospital). (source: Bay Area Women’s Hospital)


The amount one would actually pay out of pocket can vary greatly depending on insurance (if using a preferred provider) or no insurance. Also some hospitals even use a sliding scale based on household income to figure what to charge. Also, The figures I obtained were for self-pay no insurance.


Baby Household Items


Most of these prices were found at the online store at http://www.babysrus.com/ or http://www.walmart.com/ or http://www.toysrus.com/


Crib with mattress- $160-$750


Crib bedding set- $35-$270


Changing table- $70-$600


Dresser- $90-$650


Rocker or glider- $90-$500


Car seat- $35-$280


Stroller - $30-$300


Playpen - $60-$180


Swing- $45-$130


Play center or walker- $50-$125


Mobile- $25-$70


Baby carrier or sling- $20-$140


Monitor- $20-$230


Baby gate- $35-$250


Bouncer seat- $30-$90


Toy box- $25-$90


Gym or play mat- $25-$90


High chair- $45-$240


Diaper bag- $10-$60


Clothes for first year- $500-$1,200


Food and Medical Expenses


Thermometer- $10-$90


Humidifier or vaporizer- $15-$130


Bottles 8 oz & 4 oz (8-10)- $10-$20 (3 pack) or $20-$40 (starter set)


Breast pump & accessories- $45-$350


Nursing Bras - $50-$100


Nursing Pillow - $10-$30


Bath tub or seat- $15-$35


Wipes - $4-$5 (pack)


Total for baby items, food, medicine, etc, first year - $2000 - $6000 $2000 would be the absolute low end minimum amount if you bought the bare necessities. Still you would probably be going without many things. $6000 is for the parents who buy brand name everything and best of best. A more realistic but still modest average is probably $4000.


Grand Total cost of having baby from conception through first year of life: $11,000 - $18,000