Police were called to the scene after a mother – who was letting her 16 month old nap outside her home in Vesturbær – found the baby had been taken from its pram, reports Vísir.
Three police cars were sent to the scene though they quickly discovered that a relative had passed by and taken the baby, leaving a note in the pram to say where they had gone.
The baby has been safely returned to its parents and is doing just fine.
Recently the Icelandic habit of leaving babies outside to nap in prams, both at home, or in front of coffee shops, has garnered international media attention. But this is a common practice throughout the Nordic countries and has been done in Iceland for many generations.
“For Icelanders, parking your baby outside is as normal as tying your golden retriever to a lamppost. Parents do it even in the winter,” Katrín Friðriksdóttir told the Toronto Star. ““We live on a small island, if you’re going to steal a kid, it’s going to be hard not to be caught.”