Whether it's getting our kids to eat more vegetables or to try something new, sometimes it's a real struggle to get our kids to eat.
One dad proved, though, that sometimes it's the simplest solutions work best.
In a short video, a dad came up with a somewhat ingenious idea to trick his daughter into eating.
The caption reads:
"Her mama gone and she wouldn't take the bottle, so I had to trick her."
In the eight-second clip, we don't get a whole lot of story about the baby's mama, but we can certainly identify with the struggle that often arises in a mother's absence to get a baby who's used to breastfeeding to drink from a bottle.
The video proves pretty hilarious, when we see a baby bottle sticking out from the dad's chest, wrapped up in his shirt. The baby girl looks unsure of the arrangement, but she eats anyway, which is the most important thing.
The video quickly went viral, with nearly 72 thousand retweets and more than 305 thousand likes so far.
You can watch the video here:
He said "Her mama gone and she wouldn’t take the bottle, so I had to trick her" 😂😂😂 This is so funny, i'm crying… https://t.co/r1pSohNJXr— StanceGrounded (@StanceGrounded)1574010519.0
The video has been particularly popular on Twitter, though there's been a little bit of a difference of opinion, regarding the dad's success in tricking his little girl into eating.
Some were quick to point out the little girl's facial expression, which appears skeptical. They were sure she was onto his trick and would stop playing along soon.
@_SJPeace_ Her eyebrows convey her uncertainty, what the heck dad?!— Stephanie Daigle (@Stephanie Daigle)1574016233.0
@_SJPeace_ This is so adorbs!😍 But fam, don't be fooled. Baby girl ain't really fall for it...look at her face. She… https://t.co/XJqNuFIVZ2— THE Twin & Hubs, Making Good Trouble!💛🐝🌈✊🏾🇺🇸 (@THE Twin & Hubs, Making Good Trouble!💛🐝🌈✊🏾🇺🇸)1574016758.0
But for the most part, people celebrated the fact that the little girl was eating at all and thought this was a smart, thoughtful solution for encouraging his baby girl to eat.
@_SJPeace_ “man, mama lookin a little different today but this milk too good to care” https://t.co/iiMRWyNvJe— Pudding cups (@Pudding cups)1574114257.0
@_SJPeace_ So thankful for showing some real papa love!❣️ I empathize - had a kid that would NOT take a bottle, no… https://t.co/uGMz7VoYG7— SueKnows (@SueKnows)1574027462.0
And of course, some were there to celebrate the dad being a quality father, and even a Dad of the Year, for his ingenuity and thoughtfulness.
Its been so sad lately & this uplifted me 😂. You all this is what real manhood looks like. The burden of taking car… https://t.co/rGQP78VYTV— StanceGrounded (@StanceGrounded)1574015141.0
@_SJPeace_ @SSherylyn Aw! Adorable! What a great dad!!— Ginna (@Ginna)1574019120.0
@_SJPeace_ He gets all the dad points for the week!— Fiona B (@Fiona B)1574011244.0
Whether or not the little girl is entirely "tricked," it's still an adorable video, and it's obvious that her dad is doing everything he can to take care of her while her mother is away.
Just like other more heated discussions surrounding the best methods for feeding babies, we can all at least agree on two things: our babies are eating, and we're doing the best we can.