Crib notes: Boss babysitting, birth plans and Squinkies

Dec. 16, 2010 at 5:20 PM ET

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By Dana Macario, TODAY Moms Contributor

Time to start working on some back-strengthening exercises.The government has banned drop-side cribs.

Does a birth plan give women a false sense of control over their pending labor and delivery?Some women claim they lead to disappointment when things don't go according to plan, while others believe they empower women.We found the word "epidural" in a red, bolded, 72-point font to be an effective birth plan, but that's just us.

 We knew this economy meant that fewer employees were doing more work but we had no idea it was extending to babysitting the boss's children.

 Squinkies join the ranks of Cabbage Patch Kids, Tickle Me Elmo, and Zhu Zhu Pets, as THE must-have toy for a holiday season. Ever wonder how these crazes start? The Wall Street Journal examines what it takes for toys to become "all the rage."

 While we haven't heard much about Babymoons since the recession hit and Staycations become the new vacation trend, couples are still trying to decide if, and how, they can make the most of their pre-baby time. Here are some thoughts on how to determine if it's worth it to you.