Parents Spend Almost £2,000 Before A Baby Is Even Born

Purchasing a new cot, pram and car set for an expectant new-born can be pricey but the actual costs of preparing for a new baby have been revealed in a recent study.

According to a survey by TV series “How To… Prepare for your baby’s arrival” parents’ fork out thousands of pounds before a baby is even born.

The research of 2,000 parents found that first-time mums and dads spend on average £1,786 on luxurious nursery equipment, clothing and appliances when planning the arrival of a bundle of joy. What is more, 6% devote nearly £10,000 on decorating the nursery and freezing stem cells.

Findings showed that despite the difficult economic climate, two thirds of parents having a baby get into debt by taking out loans and credit cards; and 25% admitted to having financial troubles after the new-born has arrived. Moreover, a quarter of parents surveyed confessed that the money woes impacted their relationship.

The survey reports that day-care facilities is the biggest burden on the purse strings as 68% said that families were hit the hardest by childcare costs. A further 48% reported difficulties with loss of earnings due to maternity leave, 26% stated financial outlay of preparing for a new baby, 24% said long-standing financial problems, and 22% reported reduced family tax credits and benefits.

Alistair Clayton, a spokesperson from TV series ‘How To… Prepare for your baby’s arrival’, said: “In anticipation of their baby’s arrival, first-time parents often feel under pressure to overspend in preparation for every eventuality: outfits for every occasion, expensive nursery equipment and gadgets they’ll never use. Lack of money, in conjunction with the stresses and strains associated with caring for a new baby, makes for a toxic combination.”

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