Drop-Side Crib Ban

Yesterday, I read in the newspaper that the government has outlawed drop-side cribs after the death of more than 30 infants and toddlers in the past decade and millions of recalls. Members of the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously to ban the manufacture, sale and resale of cribs that have a side rail that moves up and down, allowing parents to more easily lift their children into the crib. The new standard requiring cribs to have fixed sides takes effect in June. I tore out the article and added it to my Baby Grand folder that contains all my notes for the novel. Since I finished the revisions on Monday, I’ve been jotting down all kinds of things this week that I want to address or add. (Apparently, I can’t turn it off…) Since the novel features a newly purchased drop-side crib, I have to remember to change it to a fixed-side crib. Ah, the stresses of writing a contemporary story. Maybe my next one should be historical fiction. :)

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2 thoughts on “Drop-Side Crib Ban

    • Hey there! It’s actually not the same. Let’s say (fingers crossed!), the novel is published in 2012, and there are no drop-side cribs being sold anywhere. It wouldn’t make any sense to be reading a book that is supposed to take place in present-day that has a store selling drop-side cribs. If I were talking about the past, sure, I’d leave it in. But that’s like saying, “So-and-so was in such a rush, she picked up her rotary phone and…” Just doesn’t work. :)

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