Hilariously sweet toddler comforts mom after scaring her with a puppet

Laura Bentley plays along with her toddler's big "scare"

Toddlers are small chubby balls of energy and giggles. If anyone needs a good laugh, you can give a toddler a magazine and watch them tear it to shreds as they fall to pieces with laughter from the noise. Suffice it to say, toddlers are easily amused and emit belly laughs at the slightest hint of humor. A mom in Queensland, Australia caught her toddler's hilarity on video and shared it with her 73,000 Instagram followers. Laura Bentley is a mom of four, and one of them is a precocious toddler who cracks herself up while scaring her mom with a crocodile puppet.

Bentley set up the camera and sat criss-cross applesauce (cross-legged for those without littles) on the floor preparing to feign terrified. Her youngest daughter then made her move as she saw her mom sitting “unsuspectingly.” Pure joy radiates through your screen as the tiny girl toddles up behind her mom and scares her with her puppet. She giggles hysterically before getting her mom one more time with her crocodile-puppet-covered hand.

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Bentley jumps and screams loudly, obviously playing along with her toddler’s game of scare mom. After the second “gotcha” moment, the laughing toddler comforts her mom by showing her it was just her hand the whole time, not some hungry crocodile who got lost in their living room. Mom breathes a sigh of relief as she covers her eyes from the shock of it all.

On Instagram, commenters laughed along with the sweetly mischievous toddler. One commenter said “I’ve watched this 1,000 times. Sooooo cute and so sweet that she showed you at the end it was just her hand.”

Another person said “I shouldn’t have clicked the video, I knew better but here I am 30 loops in.”

The comments go on and on about how this little one has brightened up their day and gave them a chuckle in the process.

It’s clear that this kid brought much-needed sunshine in a gloomy world. I’m sure she keeps her family in stitches, and the way she showed her mom her dimpled hand at the end tells us she’s familiar with how pranks work. The heartwarming video has amassed more than 43,000 views since it was posted, and the views keep climbing. It was originally posted in 2019, but it seems with the state of the world, it's breathing much-needed normalcy into people’s lives, so it’s no wonder it has started to take off again.

It just proves that when you’re a parent with multiple children, you never know what may be coming around the corner. You learn to roll with the punches and pretend screams of terror at the drop of a hat, all to make your children laugh. And laugh is exactly what the littlest Bentley did. If this family doesn’t already have someone to fill the role of prankster, baby sister has just put in her application, and she’s ready to claim her spot.


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