What went viral this week: A squeaky oven + the sweetest singing sibling

These are the headlines that made us smile this week.

What went viral this week: A squeaky oven + the sweetest singing sibling
Parker Rose

Mama, I hate to alarm you but we are officially halfway through August. You may have been busy this week running around getting school supplies and soaking up what remains of summer, so if you didn't catch all the viral stories this week don't worry. We've got you.

These are the headlines that made us smile this week:

This viral mama's dance proves moms belong on Tik Tok  😂

When you picture the average Tik Tok user you're probably not picturing a mom like Amy Stephens. Most Tik Tok stars are teens, not the parents of teens but Stephens is now a viral sensation thanks to the app (and she didn't even have to do the "Why You So Obsessed With Me" dance).

Instead, Stephens found internet fame doing something original on an app that is all about copying. In her now viral video Stephens opens her oven door, and the squeaks sound a lot like the opening notes to Usher's "Yeah." So she goes with it, and embarrasses her daughter in the process. The rest is now internet history.

In an appearance on Fox News, Stephens said it was her 16-year-old daughter, Kasey's idea to create the clip. At the direction of her daughter, Stephens busted a move in the kitchen.

"She said just do your thing when the beat drops and that's what I did," Stephens said.

At the end of the clip the camera pans to Stephen's other daughter, 19-year-old Haley, looking incredibly embarrassed. But her mama is not embarrassed about her newfound Tik Tok fame, she's embracing it.

Get your oven dance on, mama!

These viral vintage baby care instructions are hilariously outdated 

Remember that vintage instruction sheet for new moms that went viral? Well, another one has hit the internet, thanks to to a Facebook group called Mum's Grapevine.

The exact origins of this schedule for "Baby's Day" are unknown, but many internet commenters believe it was probably written in the 1950s.

It prescribes a four hour feeding schedule and suggests that baby will sleep from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m, so we're not sure the writer has actually ever met a baby. These days it is not recommended to give babies anything but breastmilk or formula, but back then babies were apparently drinking orange juice every day at four o'clock.

Times have changed!

Beyonce's 'brown-skinned girls' is powerful + these siblings prove it 

Beyonce's song "Brown Skin Girl," is from the soundtrack and album "The Lion King: The Gift," and it has given the world a viral gift this week.

When mom Jessica Harris uploaded a video of her son Izaiah singing the song to his 4-month-old sister, Parker Rose, she couldn't have guessed that her babies would be going viral (even getting a regram from Beyonce's mom) but she is clearly happy to see this adorable video is making an impact.

As Harris told, the song itself is so important.

"Because there's not enough media or really anything out there that supports or loves black women or brown-skinned girls the way that they deserve, so just the song for me makes me really happy," she explains. "To me, it's just the fact that I am a brown-skinned girl and I know that feeling of never getting the love, so to get it in a song is just outstanding."

That's why the song is frequently heard in her household, and why Izaiah knows it by heart.

"We wake up pretty much every morning singing songs, that's kind of how we start our day. And 'Brown Skin Girl' is one of our favorites," Harris told

She explains: "He definitely gets it that it's a song for brown-skinned kids and brown-skinned girls. And everyone in the world that doesn't get the attention or the love that they deserve. So I think he just loves singing it to his sister."

Viral delivery: This military father delivered his own baby while driving to the hospital 

A special delivery in South Carolina is going viral. Father of four Rob Millerbernd pulled over and caught his newborn son while driving his wife to the hospital, according to a social media post by East Cooper Medical Center.

Millerbernd was driving his wife Nikki to the hospital in the wee hours of the morning when the couple's son Wyatt came into the world on the side of the interstate.

"I called 9-1-1 to tell them what was going on," Rob, a U.S. Navy Master at Arms, explains. "They told me they would send an alert to the officers with the car description. I had my caution lights on and ran a red light."

But soon it was pretty clear that there would be no time to wait for help and Rob pulled over to catch his son at approximately 2:34am on August 9.

Baby Wyatt and mom Nikki got a medical check- up before Wyatt met his three older sisters: Hayleigh, Eliza, and Natalie.

The military dad who caught his son has since had to leave his family for training, but will reunite with Wyatt and the rest in September for some family time before his next deployment.

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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

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Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Wooden doll stroller

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Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

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Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

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Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

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Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

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There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

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Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

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If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

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Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

Comforts training pants

When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

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Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

comforts baby lotion

Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

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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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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