Isabella, Jayden Top Baby Names

Over 126,000 Infants Born In N.Y.C.

Isabella and Jayden held fast in 2010 as the most popular baby names in New York City for the second year in a row, according to the city’s Health Department.

The Health Department’s latest annual tally of New York City birth certificates shows that Isabella was the most popular name for baby girls born in 2010, with nearly 600 Isabellas added to the Big Apple last year. Jayden kept the top spot for boys with more than 800 newborn boys given the name.

From 2009 to 2010, the number of babies born in New York City dipped slightly, down 1.6 percent from 126,774 to 124,791 (64,076 boys and 60,715 girls). Brooklyn saw the greatest number of babies born last year with 41,469 births. Queens came is second with 26,955 births followed by 21,258 babies born in the Bronx, 19,646 in Manhattan and 5,580 on Staten Island.

There were almost as many babies born on Staten Island (5,580) as there are babies born to New York State residents who live outside of New York City (5,719).

Nine of the top 10 girls’ names for 2010 were holdovers from 2009, with Ashley falling to number 13 and Chloe joining the list, up from 11 to number 10.

Among boys, Jacob and Joseph made it into the top 10 after getting bumped off two years ago. Jacob came back strong, listing in the fourth place slot as most popular in 2010 while Michael’s rank fell further to seventh place from fourth place in 2009. Michael had been the top boy’s name during the 1980s through early 2000s.

The 10 most popular boys names were listed in order as Jayden, Ethan, Daniel, Jacob, David, Justin, Michael, Matthew, Joseph and Joshua. The 10 most popular girls names were Isabella, Sophia, Olivia, Emily, Madison, Mia, Emma, Leah, Sarah and Chloe, respectively.

Whatever their names, babies do best when they’re nurtured by healthy parents in secure surround-

SEE BABY ON PG. 56- ings. The Health Department recommended that New Yorkers follow a number of steps for a well-planned and healthy pregnancy:

– Use birth control until you are ready to get pregnant. Many safe and effective methods are available. Call 311 to find out where you can go for free or low-cost birth control.

– Make sure to see your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant and seek regular care as soon as you think you are pregnant. Regular prenatal care early in pregnancy can help prevent complications.

– Maintain a healthy weight – and don’t smoke, misuse drugs or drink. Alcohol and other drugs cause miscarriages, birth defects and other serious problems.

– If you smoke or use drugs or alcohol, quit now to protect your baby. Your health care provider can recommend programs to help you quit.

– To prevent birth defects that affect the brain, take a daily multi-vitamin with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid if you are planning to become pregnant or are pregnant.

After a child is born:

– Breastfeed your baby unless you are HIV-positive. Breastfeeding offers many health benefits for both mothers and babies. If you can, you should breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of your baby’s life.

– Reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome and accidental suffocation by providing a safe sleep surface for napping and sleeping. Babies should sleep alone, on their backs, on a firm surface without pillows, toys or loose blankets.

– Make sure your child is tested for lead poisoning at one and two years of age, as the law requires.

– Make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date. Keep a record, and take it with you whenever you go to the doctor or clinic.

– Make sure your home has properly installed window guards. The law requires your building owner to install them in any unit that houses a child younger than 11.

– It is normal to feel a mix of emotions after childbirth, including joy, anxiety and sadness. Some women experience mild depression a few days after delivery. These “baby blues” usually subside within a few weeks. If they persist or worsen, you should seek help from a health care provider or call 1-800-LIFENET.

– If your partner, or anyone, is hurting you or your children, call 311 and ask for the City’s confidential Domestic Violence Hotline. Counselors are available 24 hours a day to provide immediate help.

The Health Department’s Bureau of Vital Statistics compiles baby name lists from birth certificates. Each year, the list of most popular baby names is published in the agency’s Vital Statistics information.

For more information on baby names or on NYC’s births and pregnancies, visit the Vital Statistics link on the Health Department’s website.

New Yorkers can also visit www.nyc.gov for information on obtaining a birth certificate.

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