What went viral this week: A little girl is told she's beautiful + songs to wash your hands to

The coronavirus is totally taking over our news feeds and while it is important it can also be anxiety-including for some of us. It might seem like it's the only issue happening right now, but we need to remember that while COVID-19 is certainly disrupting daily life our lives are still continuing.

People are announcing pregnancies and births, parents and kids are sharing touching moments, teens are coming up with ways to help others. There is so much good news happening if we look for it.

These are the stories that made us smile this week:

Viral video shows the moment this little girl learned she is gorgeous 

Ariyonna is just 4 years old but she was seen around the world this week and the lesson she learned in her viral moment is one we all need to spread to our children. The preschooler was getting her hair done by Shabria Redmond when she glanced at her own reflection and said quietly to herself, "I'm so ugly."

The moment was captured on video and it is absolutely heartbreaking.

Redmond, a stylist and rapper from the Atlanta area, was not about to let her little client think that for one second. "Don't say that! Don't say that. Don't say that. You are so pretty," she tells Ariyonna in a video posted to Instagram.

"When you look at yourself, you're supposed to say, I'm so pretty. You are so pretty, do you hear me? You've got the prettiest little dimples. You are too cute," she told Ariyonna, who started to cry.

Redmond gave her a hug and said "You're gonna make me cry. You're not ugly...You are so pretty. You have this beautiful chocolate-y skin … you are beautiful, black is beautiful, and if nobody ever tell you, I will tell you, you are gorgeous."

Michelle Obama reposted the touching video to her own Instagram account, drawing more attention to the importance of this conversation and completely agreeing with Redmond. "Ariyonna, you are gorgeous. In a world that sometimes tries to say otherwise, I want to tell you—and every other beautiful, intelligent, brave black girl—just how precious you are," Obama wrote.

According to Redmond, little Ariyonna "comes from a great home & loving mother." As Redmond explained on Instagram sometimes, despite parents' best efforts, kids take in damaging messages from the wider culture. "I just think when kids go to school they learn and pick up sooo much different things that they don't know the definition but they know the feeling," she explains.

And that is why it us up to all of us to tell little girls like Ariyonna that they are beautiful (and brave and smart). Children need to hear these things, not just from their own moms, but from all of us.

Mother + son go viral after beating cancer together 

One cancer diagnosis in a family is hard, but two at once—that's unbelievably difficult. And that's what Vici Rigby and her son, George went through when the British mom was diagnosed with bowel cancer just months before she was told her 4-year-old had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.

For four years the pair went through treatments for their cancers and finally both mother and son are reportedly cancer-free. "You never think the day is going to come. You get into the routine of hospital appointments and planning your lives around that," said, according to the London Economic.

"When George was diagnosed, it's hard to put into words really, the rug was pulled from underneath us again but this time it was our 4-year-old boy...I remember thinking we now had to hope for two miracles, for us both to get better."

The Rigbys got their miracles and their story is giving other families hope.

CVS extends free pharmacy delivery during coronavirus pandemic

Good news for anyone who is self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic. This week CVS announced it is waiving charges for home delivery of prescription medications in an effort to keep the virus from spreading. "When you're in a position to increase convenience and help provide some peace of mind, you act. As long as COVID-19 continues to be a threat, we'll maintain a relentless focus on how best to serve our patients, members and customers," says Troyen Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health.

"The latest steps we're taking will help ensure patients of all ages have every option available to them when it comes to filling prescriptions," Brennan explained in a news release.

As Motherly previously reported, government agencies are suggesting families make sure they have an adequate supply of prescription medications at hand, but if your family needs to self-isolate on short notice this may not be possible. That's why having the delivery fee waived is so helpful. But instead of answering the door like in the CVS commercial anyone who is self-isolating should ask the delivery person to just leave the package.

Grubhub, Postmates, Instacart and other delivery services are also offering non-contact delivery services to protect their delivery drivers from those who are self-isolating.

Pregnant Katy Perry got to tell her dying grandmother about the baby 

Katy Perry's grandmother passed away at the age of 99, but not before Perry was able to tell her something very important. Perry posted a series of pictures and videos of her grandmother on Instagram this week. In one of the videos her grandmother, Ann, is in a hospital bed and Katy is by her side. Perry tells her that she and her fiancé, Orlando Bloom, are expecting.

"I just wanted to tell you, I know you're not feeling well, but I wanted to share some exciting news with you," Perry tells her grandmother. "You remember me, Katy? I'm going to tell you that I'm going to have a baby. I'm pregnant, Grandma! Katy is finally pregnant, she's the last one, but I have a baby inside me and I wanted to tell that to you."

The video is so relatable to anyone who has ever experienced welcoming a new family member around the same time as saying goodbye to another.

"She was a wonderful grandma and I will forever carry some of her in me," Perry writes on Instagram. Maybe baby Perry will be another Ann.

Viral website makes a coronavirus handwashing poster for any song

A 17-year-old named William Gibson is helping the world fight boredom and the coronavirus. Gibson figured the advice to sing Happy Birthday while washing one's hands is kind of boring, so he built Wash Your Lyrics, a website that allows you to choose a song and have a handwashing poster created for that song.

"It just felt so sad singing Happy Birthday to myself every time I washed my hands," he told the BBC.

So he built a website that allows people to enter a song and artist generate a poster matching the lyrics to the washing routine recommended by World Health Organization. The BBC reports Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen is the most popular song so far.

This is so helpful for parents who are trying to get kids engaged in good hygiene. Pick their favorite song, make a poster and hang it in the bathroom!

These are the best bath time products you can get for under $20

These budget-friendly products really make a splash.

With babies and toddlers, bath time is about so much more than washing off: It's an opportunity for fun, sensory play and sweet bonding moments—with the added benefit of a cuddly, clean baby afterward.

Because bathing your baby is part business, part playtime, you're going to want products that can help with both of those activities. After countless bath times, here are the products that our editors think really make a splash. (Better yet, each item is less than $20!)

Comforts Bath Wash & Shampoo

Comforts Baby Wash & Shampoo

Made with oat extract, this bath wash and shampoo combo is designed to leave delicate skin cleansed and nourished. You and your baby will both appreciate the tear-free formula—so you can really focus on the bath time fun.

Munckin Soft Spot Bath Mat

Munchkin slip mat

When your little one is splish-splashing in the bath, help keep them from also sliding around with a soft, anti-slip bath mat. With strong suction cups to keep it in place and extra cushion to make bath time even more comfortable for your little one, this is an essential in our books.

Comforts Baby Lotion

Comforts baby lotion

For most of us, the bath time ritual continues when your baby is out of the tub when you want to moisturize their freshly cleaned skin. We look for lotions that are hypoallergenic, nourishing and designed to protect their skin.

The First Years Stack Up Cups

First year stack cups

When it comes to bath toys, nothing beats the classic set of stackable cups: Sort them by size, practice pouring water, pile them high—your little one will have fun with these every single bath time.

Comforts Baby Oil

Comforts baby oil

For dry skin that needs a little extra TLC, our team loves Comforts' fast-absorbing baby oil aloe vera and vitamin E. Pro tip: When applied right after drying off your baby, the absorption is even more effective.

KidCo Bath Toy Organizer

KidCo Bath Organizer

Between bathing supplies, wash rags, toys and more, the tub sure can get crowded in a hurry. We like that this organizer gives your little one space to play and bathe while still keeping everything you need within reach.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

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Time-saving formula tips our editors swear by

Less time making bottles, more time snuggling.

As a new parent, it can feel like feeding your baby is a full-time job—with a very demanding nightshift. Add in the additional steps it takes to prepare a bottle of formula and, well… we don't blame you if you're eager to save some time when you can. After all, that means more time for snuggling your baby or practicing your own well-deserved self-care.

Here's the upside: Many, many formula-feeding mamas before you have experienced the same thing, and they've developed some excellent tricks that can help you mix up a bottle in record time. Here are the best time-saving formula tips from editors here at Motherly.

1. Use room temperature water

The top suggestion that came up time and time again was to introduce bottles with room temperature water from the beginning. That way, you can make a bottle whenever you need it without worrying about warming up water—which is a total lifesaver when you have to make a bottle on the go or in the middle of the night.

2. Buy online to save shopping time

You'll need a lot of formula throughout the first year and beyond—so finding a brand like Comforts, which offers high-quality infant formula at lower prices, will help you save a substantial amount of money. Not to mention, you can order online or find the formula on shelves during your standard shopping trip—and that'll save you so much time and effort as well.

3. Pre-measure nighttime bottles

The middle of the night is the last time you'll want to spend precious minutes mixing up a bottle. Instead, our editors suggest measuring out the correct amount of powder formula into a bottle and putting the necessary portion of water on your bedside table. That way, all you have to do is roll over and combine the water and formula in the bottle before feeding your baby. Sounds so much better than hiking all the way to the kitchen and back at 3 am, right?

4. Divide serving sizes for outings

Before leaving the house with your baby, divvy up any portions of formula and water that you may need during your outing. Then, when your baby is hungry, just combine the pre-measured water and powder serving in the bottle. Our editors confirm this is much easier than trying to portion out the right amount of water or formula while riding in the car.

5. Memorize the mental math

Soon enough, you'll be able to prepare a bottle in your sleep. But, especially in the beginning or when increasing your baby's serving, the mental math can take a bit of time. If #mombrain makes it tough to commit the measurements to memory, write up a cheat sheet for yourself or anyone else who will prepare your baby's bottle.

6. Warm up chilled formula with water

If you're the savvy kind of mom who prepares and refrigerates bottles for the day in advance, you'll probably want to bring it up to room temperature before serving. Rather than purchase a bottle warmer, our editors say the old-fashioned method works incredibly well: Just plunge the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and—voila!—it's ready to serve.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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