Monday, July 22, 2013

How expensive is a baby in Argentina?

No! I’m not talking about buying one from the black market.

What if you were planning to move to Argentina for work or to start a new life, but you have a baby or a toddler? You’d have to bring their crib, their play pen and who knows what else. Wouldn’t it be easier to simply by all this baby stuff again once you’re in Argentina?

In terms of simplicity, yes, it’d be easier to buy baby furniture here, but be warned! It will burn a hole in your pocket.

My spouse and I have been talking about adopting a child within the next three to four years. So we decided to start looking at the cost of baby furniture in Cordoba and here is what we found.

A crib like this costs 675 Argentinian pesos at Walmart, which is roughly 123 US dollars.

 A high chair like this costs 399 Argentinian pesos, which is 73 US dollars.

A play pen costs 1,099 Argentinian pesos which is 201.24 US dollars.

A stroller can cost anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 Argentinian pesos, depending on the quality, which is between 183 to 549 US dollars.
 
 
Huggies Diapers can run you anywhere from 69 Argentinian Pesos to over a 100, depending on how many diapers come in a bag. In US dollars, this would be about 12.60 to 18.30 US dollars, perhaps a bit more.

A car seat will run you about 1,499 Argentinian pesos, which is about 274.36 in US dollars.
 
Pacifiers are as low as 25.90 in Argentinian pesos, which is the equivalent of 4.74 US dollars.

Baby bibs are 15.99 Argentinian pesos, which equals to 2.92 in US dollars.

You can always search for cheaper baby furniture at http://www.mercadolibre.com.ar/ which is Latin America’s version of eBay. Then again, it’s a gamble. You aren’t guaranteed the quality of what you’ll get. Like with eBay, you’ll just have to go on faith.
As far as the health of your baby's concerned, you won't have to worry about costly medical bills, vaccinations or medicine. Why? It's simple. You have the option of free healthcare in Argentina and you can take advantage of these free services regardless of whether you're a resident or a foreigner.

2 comments:

  1. Your post is like a Godsend! My wife and I are contemplating a move to Cordoba as we speak. We are trying to figure everything out, but one of the chief concerns is that we want to have a baby in the next 12-36 months or so. I'd love to hear you and your partners thoughts 6 months later about cost and healthcare! This blog is great, I'm really enjoying reading all your posts as we begin to research!

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    1. Hi Patrick! Thank you so much for your comment. The healthcare here is super affordable. They only charge a small outpatient fee of about 20 pesos which is practically nothing in USD. Some of the prescription medicines are a bit expensive though. On the plus side, vaccinations are free at the public hospital. Stay in touch. I'd love you meet you and your wife when you two come over. There's an expat community in Cordoba of about 147. Some have started families here so they'll be able to help you with some baby advice as well.

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