Even as the year winds down to a close, there’s still time to get things right. In this week’s edition of Weekly Links, we found a new way to keep clean on the go, new efforts to ensure the safety of children and their parents, and someone who, at fifty-four, is becoming a new parent and having their best year ever. Still two and a half weeks to go!
1. Uncle Jesse’s going to be a dad! Adorable and recently off-the-market, John Stamos just announced on social media that he and his fiancée, Caitlin McHugh, are expecting their first child. They’re keeping the gender a secret for now, but have already hinted that they’re planning for a little sibling sometime in the future. Get the scoop and check out their adorable photos here.
2. Are you one of the millions of mamas popping pacifiers in your mouth after a fall to make them magically “clean?” This gadget is for you. Fully funded and now in the prototype phase, the Ellie is a portable way to kill some of the biggest and baddest germs, like staph, salmonella, E. coli and listeria with a UV light. It’s big enough to sterilize a bottle, but small enough for a diaper bag.
3. Stocking your registry can be a little overwhelming, as technology and competition in the baby industry keep raising the stakes on what the must-have items are. Babylist put together a guide to some of the most questionable items (price-wise) and ranked which ones were worth the splurge.
4. Shalon Irving was a vibrant, health-conscious, college-educated young woman—and she collapsed three weeks after giving birth to her daughter, passing away due to blood pressure-related complications. Read this heart-breaking article on what happened, how it might have been prevented, and why Shalon’s situation is a shockingly common one for African-American mothers.
5. Remember the outrage over the inappropriate and alarming, supposedly “kid-friendly” YouTube videos over the last several weeks? Well, YouTube finally got it together. The company has reviewed more than two million videos and is putting in place new standards, as well as a team of 10,000 reviewers to enforce new restrictions.