'The cost of having baby is a shock to the system'
Elaine Grace O'Sullivan
THE sheer expense of having a child was a surprise for Clare-based Elaine Grace O'Sullivan.
"It is a shock to the system because everything is so expensive, from nappies to clothes," she says.
Ms Grace O'Sullivan and her husband Simon are parents to 13-month-old Kyle (right). The baby is part-time in a crèche, with a family member helping out with the child minding.
Mr O'Sullivan was recently made permanent at his job in the retail sector, but because he was out of work for a while, he is faced with rebuilding his career.
Ms Grace O'Sullivan would welcome some government moves to address the cost of childcare.
"He is on a waiting list to go to a community crèche, which is cheaper than private crèches, I believe. We are on a waiting list," she said. She also believes the €5 increase to child benefit in the last Budget does not mean much, as the annual increase of €60 is just "a couple of weeks' nappies".