At almost 40, I’m glad to say, I’m pretty sure my baby days are over. I’m guessing that the next time I have any sort of a responsibility for a baby, will be when I’m a grandparent (if I’m a grandparent). My daughters are 12 and 9, and instead of thinking about nappies and baby food, I have to worry about expensive school uniform, endless school trips and eventually maybe even university. In the last year, Megan has been offered several school trips from her school, some as much as £400 each. Plus, with tuition fees still high (there weren’t any when I went to university), having a child can be a pretty costly business.
I came across this infograph the other day, which details the average cost of a baby’s first year and it’s actually pretty mind blowing. While breastfeeding obviously helps to keep feeding costs down, not everyone can manage that or continue long term. Formula milk feeds can work out at almost £800 for the year would you believe? And nappies? Well that’s a huge cost – coming in at around £400 for disposables, but even reusables can end up costly with the price of washing being added in. Plus there is the pram, the car seat, the baby bouncer, the cot and goodness knows what else. If you actually added up everything you spent on a child over the first year, you’d probably faint. So by the time your kids are getting to 18, I can only imagine how much you might have spent. To be honest I would rather not imagine at all!
The infograph has been put together by Busy Bees and you can visit Huntingdon Nursery or one of their many other branches, to check out their services. If like me, you’re done with the baby days for now, sit back and relax until the services you’re checking out come with thousands of pounds in tuition fees!