A pair of sleep-deprived parents mistakenly fed their baby ice cubes after misreading the advice instructions they were given.
Sharing their story anonymously, one of the parents said they had a ‘baby food poster guide’ and were taking tips on how to feed their youngster from it.
On the poster, there was an ice cube to illustrate how much of a type of food to give them, such as one ice cube’s worth of peas, two ice cubes worth of carrots, but in their sleep-deprived state, they read that wrong.
They thought they were supposed to be serving their baby two to three ice cubes a day, and only realised their error when they tried upping the amount as the baby grew.
Sharing the story on Reddit, one of the parents said: “For six months it said ‘veggies and fruit, smooth texture, two to three ice cubes twice a day’.
“Never heard of the ice cubes thing but it was a reputable company so we just went with it and started feeding our son fruit and veg with a side of ice cubes.
“By seven months it said ‘fruit, veg, dairy, eggs, grains and pulses, three to four ice cubes three times a day’.
“I thought, wow, he’s hardly eating the three ice cubes we’re currently giving him, he just pushes them around his high chair a bit and licks them, but whatever, we upped the ice cube portion.
“Mother in law came round and said ‘why are you giving him ice cubes? Won’t he get brain freeze?’ But we said, ‘no, no, it’s a thing now, you have to give them ice cubes’.
“It was only later that night, when I really thought about it, that I realised it meant portion size. All this time in our sleep-deprived stupor we have been serving our baby son ice cubes every day.”
After sharing his story online, other Reddit users found the incident hilarious and flocked to comment on the post.
One said: “I’m absolutely rolling from, ‘he’s hardly eating the three ice cubes we give him’.”
While a second said: “I cracked up at the image of the kid licking and pushing the ice cubes around his high chair in confused disgust.”
And a third added: “As a fellow parent I can safely say this will only be one of many goofs you make. At least this one is harmless and funny.”