Baby Costs: What to Expect the First Year

baby costsBy Nicole Pelletiere

Get ready for your jaw to hit the floor: On average, your first year with a baby costs anywhere from $22,00 to $36,000. A large part of that comes from labor and delivery and childcare costs, but you can also expect to shell out over $7,000 for basic baby and nursery gear, says Alan Fields, author of Baby Bargains. Click through for a breakdown of the baby costs you’ll want to plan for, plus when and how to save.