Bringing a baby into the world is a cause for joy, although its arrival also brings with it a series of initial expenses that should be taken into account to avoid later scares.
In Chile each family spends approximately one million and a half pesos throughout the baby's first year. This figure includes the expenses of all the necessary elements to welcome our son into our home, including the expenses of essential accessories, clothing, expenses for diapers, food expenses and childcare expenses.
The expenses may be lower or higher depending on the brands and the shops in which we buy these products, the amount to be paid during the first year of our child's life varies greatly. What is the cost of the 4 basic initial expenses involved in having a baby in Chile?
1- Diapers: If we take into account that newborns spend an average of 6 to 8 diapers a day, the approximate cost of spending diapers, although it depends on the brand, can be between 130 thousand pesos and 300 thousand pesos in the first year. If we add to this the use of damp cloths to this amount we must add approximately 20 thousand pesos more.
2- Essential accessories and clothing for the babyDepending on the store and the brands we buy, they represent an average cost of 1 million pesos counting: the car seat, the crib, the rocking chair, the highchair, the bed set, the monitor, the bottles, the breast pump, toys, as well as the basic clothing necessary for our baby: piluchos, t-shirts and clothing.
3- Food: If the baby drinks breast milk, we save this expense, but if not, we have to add about 144 thousand pesos to the expenses of the baby's first year of payment.
4- Nursery: If both the mother and the father of the baby work, the expenses of the first year of our child also entail the expenses of a nanny, which is usually around the minimum salary of 182 thousand pesos, or 100 thousand pesos if we opt for a nursery.
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