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    hi i was wondering if anyone could help me, i am 17 and just found out i am pregnant, even though i am keeping the baby i am worried about the price of it all, how much do you think a baby costs a week to make sure it is happy and cared for also what stuff will i need to get before the baby gets here

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP
     
  2. Kerry

    Kerry Well-Known Member

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    It's such a hard question as a baby can cost as much or as little as you like. In the early days it would save you money if you breastfeed, unless you are on any benefits and can get free formula. The only other expense is nappies which are expensive. You can get washable ones now which cost upfront but then thats it until the baby grows a bit.

    You will probably find that once friends and family find out they will start donating things to you like clothes, cots, pushchairs etc. Babygrows etc are pretty cheap nowadays so maybe but the odd one or two every so often during the rest of your pregnancy, as with vests and cardi's which you will need from the early days.

    A lot of people spend loads on equipment which you don't really need, you can make do without things like changing mats and top and tail bowls by using a towel and any plastic dish.

    Let us know how you get on.

    Much love
     
  3. dani200420052000

    dani200420052000 Well-Known Member

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    I would say that it will cost as much or as less as you want, If you are on benefits you can get a grant for free foe 800 pound that will be a big help xx
     
  4. catherine23

    catherine23 Well-Known Member

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    make sure you will ge all of the benefits your entitled too!

    Ebay is a great place to buy bits on a budget, im definately going to! you can set up an account and many let you pay by postal order etc or credit card/cehque if your parents will let you use it.

    the biggest and most expensive things are going to be the Cot, and the buggy though both together can cost you as little as £150. you can look in the local paper also for seconds, but with a cot you always need a new matress!

    best to get yourself some baby catalogues, magazines or home shopping catalogues off a friedn just to work out the cost etc. Ive got mine on Excel where ive listed things and put the price next to it of what ive found!

    benfits you will/may get are

    child benefit £16.05 a week
    child tax credit
    working tax credit

    others
    JSA (16-17) or (18+)
    Income upport (16+)
    £500 sure start maternity grant
    housing benefit
    counil tax benefit
    social fund -grant or loan

    other maternity benefits available to previous workers or existing employees
     
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    Nikki2003 Well-Known Member

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    You'll get plenty of stuff for your baby shower? Are you gonna have one?
     
  6. catherine23

    catherine23 Well-Known Member

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    nikki where are you from. People dont throw baby showers here. But I read some people have actually start to do them here, maybe americans moving over, Maybe in another 20 years!!
     

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