Since it’s been really busy at home right now what with summer activities, that I haven’t had time to write a good post, I decided to just list down the expenses we had incurred since having a child. Maybe other moms who are wondering how much it really costs to have a child would find this helpful. I will just put here the necessities we had to pay for, up to the first year or so, for our daughter Light. Maybe we can look back on this post next time to see if we’ve made a good investment on Light haha.
It actually mellowed down after her first year, especially since she rarely got sick (thank you breastmilk!). But now that she’s three and a half years old, with all the extra curricular activities I’m enrolling her in, the child expenses have gone up again. At this point though, we already work and earn for our kids and their future. So…
Here’s what I was able to record down.
Pregnancy and delivery
- Prenatal vitamins up to 1 year postpartum – 16,975.70 estimate
- Check ups (estimate maximum of 10 check ups) – 6,000
- Ultrasound at 6-8 weeks (TVS) – 880
- Mom Care (Mustela for stretch marks, pillow, maternity wear, etc.) – 4,000 est.
- Pelvic TVS – 715
- Labor and delivery – 75,000 estimate
- Blood test/work up – 2,556
- 3D ultrasound – 3,100
- Baby shower – 17,000
- Urine culture test – 1,575
- GBS test – 1,575
Total = 129,376.70
*Pro Tip: Save on those free sachets or whatever free stuff you can get when you go to seminars or mom events. I was able to save on baby soaps and laundry detergent because I got a lot of those free stuff haha.
- BGC – 1,500
- 6in1 (3 shots) – 15,000
- Rotavirus (2 shots) – 7,000
- PnCV (4 shots) – 22,000
- Measles – 2,500
- MMR – 3,500
- Varicella – 4,000
- Hepatitis A (3 shots) – 7,500
- Typhoid – 3,000
- Meningococcal – 5,500
- PPD – 1,500
Total = 73,000
*Pro Tip: I recently found out that you can actually go to city government clinics or health care centers where you are residing and get your child vaccinated there. I’m not sure if they are free or they cost way less than going to a private clinic, but imagine just how much you can save on these vaccines, right?
- Disposable diaper (for the first year) – 5,040 estimate
- Cloth diaper – 6,500 estimate
- Clothes, first books, etc. – 7,000 (most of our baby stuff were hand me downs so this amount was just a few additional things we bought)
- Breastpump accessories – 4,330 (I had a Medela Swing given to me so I just needed to buy a few parts)
- Baby’s passport – 1,100
- Ear piercing – 2,000
- First solids feeding materials – 4004.35
Total = 29,974.35
First Year Party
- Baptism – 16,570
- Birthday (around 300 guests) – 300,000
Total = 316,570
So, how much does it cost to raise a child?
Answer: Php 548,921.05
That’s where our half a million savings went haha! Have I forgotten anything else? I think we were already being stingy with that amount. There were things we didn’t mind spending on and there were others that we just didn’t see the need to buy. It was definitely fun finding out the numbers in the end. 🙂