How much does a baby cost per month

Wat kost een baby per maand

It makes sense that your life will be completely different after having a baby. And you probably also know that your night's sleep is reduced to a minimum. But how much does a baby cost per month? And what other costs should you take into account if you are pregnant with a baby? We've sorted it out for you.

What does a baby cost per month?

According to a calculation made by the CBS, a family spends about 17% of the total disposable income on the first child. As soon as you have more children, the costs are usually lower. With 2 children about 26% of the disposable income is spent, with 3 children this is 33% and with 4 children 40%. Of course, an average does not have to say much about the amount of your expenses for your baby. Still, it can be useful to know how much other families spend on their child on average. This way you can estimate the approximate amount you should take into account. 

Did you know that: A child up to the age of 12 costs about 50,000 euros? 

But what costs do you have to take into account in any case per month? We have made a calculation:

  • Water and energy use - Water and energy consumption costs an average of €32 per month.
  • Childcare - If you use childcare as a parent, this will cost you on average €150 per month.
  • Clothing - On average you spend €35 per month on clothing for your newborn. Did you know that the average baby wears about 5 clothing sizes in the 1st year?
  • Diapers - Diapers cost about €24 per month. Tip: keep an eye on when the diapers you use for your little one are in the commercial.
  • bottle feeding - If you bottle-feed your child, it costs about €30 per month. 

All in all, you spend about €270.50 per month on your baby.

Wat kost een baby per maand

Costs before the birth of your baby

The costs for your baby actually start from the moment you are pregnant. For example, you have extra healthcare costs. You can take the following costs into account during your pregnancy, delivery and maternity period: 

  • Hospital delivery - If you give birth in hospital without a medical reason, you have to pay a personal contribution. This amounts to €369.40 for the year 2021. 
  • Pregnancy course - Becoming a mother for the first time is exciting, you can then choose to follow a pregnancy course. This costs about €100. Please note: this is not reimbursed by all health insurers. Take a good look at this. 
  • maternity clothes - If you cannot borrow clothes from friends or family, you have to take into account about €200 worth of clothes during your pregnancy. 
  • maternity package - On average, a maternity package costs between €20 and €50, depending on which package you choose. With supplementary insurance, a maternity package is reimbursed.
  • maternity care - The amount of the personal contribution is determined annually by the NZA (Dutch Healthcare Authority). Before 2021, a statutory personal contribution of €4.60 per hour applies to maternity care at home. That equates to approximately €225.40 for 49 hours of maternity care. 
  • birth announcements - Of course you want to inform everyone as soon as your baby is born. On average you will spend about €100 making and sending the birth announcement. 

If you add up all these amounts, you will lose approximately €1029.80 during your pregnancy, delivery and maternity period.  Tip: take a good look at your health insurance. Many costs are reimbursed from your basic insurance, but sometimes you need additional insurance. 

cost babyuitzet

The biggest expense is perhaps the layette. Depending on what your wishes and requirements are, these costs can be high, think about € 1000. Fortunately, you can rent the baby products from us instead of buying them. This not only saves a lot of money, but is also a nice circular alternative. You will definitely need the following products in the first year: 

  • Crib/co-sleeper 
  • crib 
  • Commode
  • Box + playpen cloth 
  • baby bath 
  • bouncer 
  • Stroller and/or baby carrier
  • Newborn set 
  • Babyset 
  • high chair 
  • bottles
  • bottle warmer 
  • Teat 
  • car seat 

Why rent?

You use baby products relatively briefly. For example, you use a co-sleeper for about 6 months, a newborn set too, a bouncer you use for about 8 months, and a pram often has to be converted to the phase in which your baby is at that moment. In short, most products go straight out the door. There are also products that you are not sure whether you will use, such as a baby carrier. Some children prefer to sit in it all day and some children don't like it. Renting is therefore ideal for trying out products. Don't like it? Then you just send it back. By renting and sharing with each other, we also ensure that fewer products need to be produced. This contributes to a better future for your baby.