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Three Things Every Family Should Do When Expecting a New Baby

July 31, 2017 • By

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Last Updated: August 19, 2021

baby smiling Your nine-digit Social Security number is your first and continuous link with Social Security. That’s why when you have a baby, one of the first things on your “to do” list, besides picking a name, should be to get your newborn a Social Security number. Then, you can take the time to learn about the protections we offer your child from day one.

The birth or adoption of a child is a special time for families. We’re with you and your child starting from when you choose their special name. Issuing Social Security cards to newborns makes us the source for the most popular baby names each year!

The top names of 2016 were Noah and Emma.

We reveal the top 10 names for boys and girls every year. Visit our baby names page to see popular names from the past 100 years! You can also share it with friends and family members who may be expecting a child or grandchild. Maybe they’ll find a name on our list that they love, thanks to you!

After your child has a name, the second thing they’ll need is a Social Security number; we’ll issue a unique one soon after birth. They’ll need their number throughout many important stages in their life, beginning with when you claim them on your tax return. It’ll also be useful if you need to apply for benefits for your child. We offer a wide range of resources for families with children. And, when the time comes for their first job, their number is already in place.

Social Security is with you throughout life’s journey. Get to know us and the resources we offer to families with children at!

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


  1. Md M.

    Hello. I read your article. It is really an informative and useful writing. My wife and I also thinking about taking our first baby. Which points should be checked before taking first baby?

  2. Promis D.

    Wow this was very help. Thanks
    Parental love

  3. Rita

    Does nas babies qualify for ssi benefits

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Rita, thanks for using our blog. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) gives cash assistance to people with limited income and resources who are age 65 or older, blind or disabled. Children with disabilities can get SSI, too. To find out who qualifies and how to apply, go to the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits web page.

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