New Dad Builds Sick Infant Iron Man Costume To Help Him “Feel Brave”

I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a parent with a sick child, but I do know that the feeling of helpless must be awful. That’s why Eric Hart is doing everything he can to help his four-month-old son “feel brave,” while he’s kept in the neonatal intensive care unit. Eric is a professional prop maker who found a regular Iron Man costume pattern online and scaled it down to infant size for baby Collier, who was able to spend this Halloween looking like a fighter in true Superhero form.

“I came up with Iron Man because he’s been hooked up to all those machines and wires, and that’s similar to what Iron Man went though,” Eric told TODAY.com. “We thought we’d dress him up and take some pictures for the grandparents, the family and some friends.”

While Eric doesn’t know when Collier will be able to come home or what his son’s future will hold, he wanted to be able to give him just one day of strength, which ended up resonating with tons of parents all over the world who’ve emailed Eric with encouraging words and similar stories. Eric and his wife hope to start Halloween traditions early and give their son as much normalcy as possible.

“When he’s older, he’ll be able to look back and hopefully see that his parents have basically been giving him a normal life ever since he started,” he said. “We never thought of him as an interruption over this medical thing.”

Check out Eric and Collier’s heartwarming story in the video below (and try not to tear up). [Today]