According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the annual cost of raising a child in 2012 for a middle-income, two-parent household ranged from $12,600 to $14,700. This varies depending on the age of the child.Know More
The highest expense is for housing. A family that does not move after having children does not have higher annual cost for housing. According to CNN, another big expense is for child care. In some areas, families spend $1,000 per month for one child. As with everything, the cost of raising a child depends on location with families in the Northeast spending the most. According to the USDA, each additional child costs 22 percent less. This is because children share rooms, items such as toys and clothes are passed down and most child care agencies give discounts for siblings.
Every year, the United States Department of Agriculture produces a report called Expenditures on Children by families. This report details the average costs of raising children by families in different regions. The department also has a calculator on its website that allows users to determine the annual cost of raising a child in their area based on the age of the children, annual household income and whether it is a one- or two- parent household.Learn more about Babies & Toddlers
One of the youngest babies ever to walk is Xavier King, who began walking at 6 months old in 2010, according to the United Kingdom's Daily Mail. One month after learning to walk, Xavier was able to walk 6 feet on his own without assistance. Most babies do not walk until they are between 10 and 18 months old.Full Answer >
While doctors aren't sure what triggers the onset of labor, there are numerous way to tell that a baby is about to be born, such as when a pregnant women feels a heaviness on her pelvis, a reduction of pressure underneath the ribcage and frequent contractions, according to BabyCenter. The contractions become very intense as well, which also signal other changes the body is going through to prepare for labor.Full Answer >
According to What to Expect, babies make strange noises while they sleep, so occasional grunting is normal. When babies grunt at the end of each breath, however, they are trying to clear blocked airways.Full Answer >
While nap times vary by child, WebMD recommends that 2-year-old children have a nap that is anywhere from one to three and a half hours long, once during the day. This nap can be divided into two smaller naps throughout the day.Full Answer >