Search icon


01st Dec 2021

Mum accidentally lists baby for sale and says she needs it ‘gone today’

Steve Hopkins

For sale: Two-seater sofa and seven-month-old boy

A new mum was left shocked when she accidentally put her baby up for sale while trying to sell her sofa after she posted a photo of the tot saying “need gone today”.

Lucy Battle was trying to give away her old two-seater couch when she accidentally included a picture of her seven-month-old son Oscar on a Facebook post that soon went viral.

The 20-year-old, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, thought she had only posted pictures of the brown sofa – having just got a new one – but didn’t realise that she included little Oscar smiling in the post.

Battle was instantly inundated with comments from people inquiring about his behaviour and how he played with other children.

Mandy Lyles wrote: “Can I swap for a teenager?”

Sarah Wilkinson commented: “How’s he at washing up?”

Related links:

And Tom Howell joked: “What’s he like with other babies?”

One mum even offered a swap deal, posting: “How bout a two for one swap? Teenager 14, brother 6, and I will throw in the father for free?”

Battle was able to see the funny side – and managed to shift the sofa.

“At first I was confused as to what people were saying in the comments, then I looked at the post and the main picture was one of him,” she said.

“I was so embarrassed – and I couldn’t even delete it.”

But she was happy how many people liked Oscar: “I was overwhelmed by all how much everybody wanted him. “The person that came to collect the sofa didn’t make an offer for him though, they just wanted the couch.”