How Much?!

When having a child (or even trying for a child) you don't really stop to think of the cost of raising one do you? I know I didn't. I 'just wanted a baby'. Of course most people know they don't come cheap but just how much does having a baby cost? 

The lovely people from Busy Bees Child Care www.busybeeschildcare.co.uk/nursery/kettering have devised a great piece on how much the average baby costs families in it's first year! Obviously things need taking into consideration. For example a second baby may cost less than a first child as generally parents have some baby things from the first born. Whether you breast or bottle feed, use reusable nappies or disposable nappies etc will impact on the cost of course too.
Our niece is almost 8 months now. It would be interesting to hear what her parents think of the above information. I know having two boys has saved us a lot of money! Our poor youngest hasn't generally had the new things that his older sibling had new though....
Would you ever really want to tot the total money it's cost, up though! I think I'd rather not know!
What I do know is others have spent far more than us, and some much less. We've managed 9yrs without paying for childcare and have of course used things for our first born with out youngest. I then sold everything when it was no longer needed. Our niece will be an only child. I think her parents are just enjoying having her and spoiling her (when they can).

Are you shocked at the cost/ Do you know how much you spent in the first year?

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