A UK mum says she felt “shocked” to receive a notification that an expensive couch she had ordered was being shipped to her home.

Isabella McNeil had no memory of purchasing the £340 (AUD $612) grey three-seater sofa and briefly wondered if she had “ordered it in her sleep”.

However, it didn’t take her long to figure out the identity of the mystery shopper: her toddler daughter.

Daughter Rayna, two, regularly plays with her mum’s phone and it seems she accidentally bought the lounge through Amazon during her last tech session.

The website easy to use thanks to its ‘buy it now with one click’ feature, as the toddler has proved.

“She grabbed my phone like she usually does to play with it, and the Amazon app was still open and she hit the ‘buy now with 1 click’ button on accident,” Isabella told The Sun.

“I didn’t realise it until I got a notification saying ‘your couch has shipped’ [at] which point I couldn’t cancel in time.”

By the time Isabella realised her mistake, it was too late to cancel the order, and a huge box turned up at her front door.

After realising it would cost her £141 (AUD $253) to send it back, she decided to sell the lounge instead via Facebook.

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“So Rayna ordered a couch on Amazon and I need to sell it today!” her post reads.

“I’m not able to sell it. The return fee is going to cost me 179 bucks in shipping and restocking fee. So I wanna try and recoup as much as possible.”

While she waits for a buyer for the couch, Isabella has warned other parents to make sure their toddlers can’t go on shopping sprees on their devices.

“I just think parents need to be more aware, that when you’re giving your kids a phone, make sure all the apps are closed make sure the passwords are fingerprint locked,” she told NBC.

“Make sure they don’t know your number password, because kids are a lot smarter than we think.”

Have your kids ever accidentally purchased something they shouldn’t have?

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  • Why do parents give access to children so young??? Not only phones but Ipads and electronic games. There has been so many warnings about little ones holding their heads down for too long which will result in neck and shoulder pain in the future. Blue screens also damage your eyes and most children hold screens very close to their face too

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  • Oh its funny and shocking at the same time. Never happened to me thankfully

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  • At least she recognises her own responsibility in this.

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  • My child could never order anything on my behalf as my credit card details are NEVER saved online. I can’t believe this happens so often and the lack of awareness by parents. It’s why your toddler should never be allowed to play with your phone. There are so many toy phone options available.

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  • Another classic example of people dumb enough to let kids use phones

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  • And this is why phones are not a toy!

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  • I don’t have my phone set up so I can buy online. I don’t have small children and I’d never let them play with my phone anyway. So glad she didn’t go on a really huge spending spree.

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  • Definitely could have been worse she could have bought heaps of things. Luckily I don’t have mine set up like this so haven’t experienced it.

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  • She needs to review her security setup if anyone can purchase off her computer!

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  • Really?? Why save your credit card details, why leave a shopping website open and why, oh why, let your children (especially that young) play with your phone ….

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  • She really has nobody to blame but herself. She’s lucky thats all her kid did.

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  • This is going to become more and more of an issue with how technology is taking over.

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  • oh dear that is a bit of an oops

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  • I don’t understand why you wouldn’t have your credit card or PayPal details secured . It’s just logic to do so.

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  • haha oops! Nice couch though, could have been worse!

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