Most new parents are clueless about the real costs of raising a child

Even if many expecting parents have their packed “go bag,” assembled the crib and adorned baby’s room, they still might not be fully prepared for life with a child.

They better brace themselves even more, a new survey says — not only for sleepless nights, but also for steep childcare costs and career choices they weren’t anticipating. Two-thirds of expecting parents told Care.com CRCM, -2.68% they thought the price of raising a newborn child wouldn’t affect their career choices.

But once they had kids, 63% of survey participants said the rising costs forced a career move.

• 38% changed jobs to increase take-home pay.

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