It may be cold and dreary outside now, but springy Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Since it’s never too soon to start making your wish-list (and dropping hints), we want to know what really makes the day special for you.
Moms, this is your chance to weigh-in (Dads, take note)! Vote in our poll below, and check out the final results in our May issue.
One woman in Illinois, mom-to-be Galicia Malone, cast her vote this morning despite having contractions five minutes apart. According to NBC Chicago, the 21-year-old arrived at the polls for her first presidential election at 8:30 am, even though her water had already broken. She then gave birth at a local hospital.
Chicago’s Cook County Clerk, David Orr, commended Malone for her effort: “If only all voters showed such determination to vote. What a terrific example she is showing for the next generation, especially her new son or daughter.”
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted today in favor of banning the use and manufacturing of drop-side cribs, while also announcing the enforcement of new safety regulations regarding the making of all cribs—which has the effect of deeming just about every existing make and model unsafe, reports Consumer Ally on WalletPop.com.
According to Mitch Lipka at Consumer Ally, “Manufacturers and retailers have six months to comply with the rules after they are published, which could at least temporarily drive up costs for cribs.”
Malfunctioning hardware in drop-side cribs has been blamed in the deaths of at least 50 infants and toddlers over the past decade, and in recent years around 10 million cribs have been recalled, Lipka reports. As you might imagine, the new regulations established today were in the works a long time and will hopefully put young children on a much safer track when it comes to sleep. (And as always, heeding experts’ advice on how to put your baby down to sleep can go a long way to preventing SIDS deaths.)