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Baby gear, daily care, feeding supplies, and more

Baby gear Again, there's a lot of stuff that you might want (a jogging stroller, say, or a wipes warmer), but what you need is a car seat, a high chair, a stroller, a bouncy seat, a diaper bag, childproofing supplies, an infant tub, and, probably, an infant carrier or sling. Prices for each can vary wildly. total: $350 to $900

Daily care Simply keeping your tot in diapers for the first year can cost as much as $700. But don't forget to think about all the wipes, diaper rash ointment, baby shampoo, pacifiers, burp cloths, and other everyday items your wee one will need. total: $900 to $1,000

If you're breastfeeding... You'll need a few nursing bras, nursing pads, a breast pump (which is the biggest expense here, running from $50 to $350), nipple cream, and breast-milk storage bags.

total: $150 to $500

If you're bottle-feeding... Formula is the biggest cost in this category if you don't breastfeed. You can spend between $900 and $1,200 for the year, depending on the type you get (ready-to-eat or powdered, DHA/RHA-enhanced or not, etc.). The price of bottles and other bottlefeeding accessories, though, is fairly low. total: $950 to $1,300

Feeding solids When the time comes (around 6 months or so), you'll need teething snacks, jarred baby food, infant cereal, bibs, and infant tableware - not to mention a good dry cleaner! total: $300 to $400

Infant clothing Like maternity wear, baby togs are often communal. Still, your ever-growing tot will need coats, shoes, swimwear, and more. total: $250 to $500