The total cost of raising a child revealedParents spend over £200k on kids, says new study

23 February 2010

Raising a child - from birth to age 21 - costs parents an average of £201,000, according to a new report from an insurance company. The figure has risen 43% since the study was last carried out in 2003.

Childcare, nursery fees and after-school clubs were the number one expense - totalling an average of £54,696 per child. This was followed by school and university fees (£52,881), food (£17,490), clothing (£14,035) and holidays (£13,207).

Baby and child costs

The report by LV also suggests the most expensive years for parents occur at the beginning and the end of a child's development. Spending peaks at over £13,000 a year when children are toddlers and once again when they attend attend university between the ages of 18 and 21.

A separate study by parenting advice website suggested parents (or grandparents) shell out over £600 on pushchairs and car seats alone.

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