What to Do After Giving Birth

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It’s no secret that pregnancy comes with a long to-do list. There are the obvious tasks, like setting up a nursery and babyproofing your home. And then there are the less obvious responsibilities, like applying for baby’s social security card and buying life insurance. But with a little bit of planning, you can get a head start on these crucial to-dos to save you time (and stress) once baby arrives. Here, six things you should think about now so you don’t have to worry about them later.

1. Apply for Baby’s Social Security Number

Baby will need a social security number for tax purposes, health insurance, a future bank account, government benefits and more. The simplest way to get one is by completing a birth registration form at the hospital (most keep the form on hand) and you’ll receive the card in the mail. If you’re giving birth at home, visit your local Social…

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