When you’re expecting your first kid, some costs come as no surprise—a new crib, dozens of diapers, that woodland animal mobile your baby needs.
But what about postpartum care? Or the cash required to properly babyproof your home? Dare we mention the bill you might get for the green Jell-O you’ll suffer through during your hospital stay?
As a first-time (or expectant) mom, you may not know how much it costs to have a little one—so in honor of your first Mother’s Day, we did some digging. We found that in the US, the average cost for childbirth and childcare is a staggering $17,433 in the first year alone. (And by the way, the US is the most expensive country to give birth in.)
See how much it costs to become a newly-minted mom in your state—and which states have the highest price of admission to the parenthood club.