This unconventional baby sleep approach was uploaded by a Reddit user – and the site instantly began debating the wisdom of this KitchenAid-powered method . We don’t blame them one little bit.
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Dubbed a “parenting hack” the clip shows a baby being lulled to sleep in a bouncer. The bouncer is attached to a KitchenAid mixer, with paddle turning and motor whirring, rocking the baby as it spins.
The theory behind the hack is, of course, that the (hands-free) motion and accompanying white noise will combine their magical powers to create the kind of sleepy time environment babies love the most. The catch is that there are a whole bunch of possible disasters that could befall the baby in question.
Worried Reddit users were not backwards in coming forwards about the possible horrors that lie ahead for this baby.
“This is monumentally stupid because the baby will likely get hurt given a long enough time,” one wrote.
“No way. The cardinal rule with very powerful rotating machines is NO loose clothing etc. This is extremely stupid,” another warned.
“This whole setup is just one caught band/cloth away from tipping the bouncy seat and dumping the baby into the mixing paddle,” a commenter predicted.
“This can go very wrong very fast,” another said.
Any parent will know that desperate times often seem to call for desperate measures, and that it’s tempting to go to some pretty crazy lengths to settle a crying baby and get some sleep yourself.
This clip is likely the result of exhausted parents losing their grip a little, in the hope that they can make their baby happy and reacquaint themselves with peace.
That said, in the cold, hard light of the internet, it’s also a wake up call for these DIY-robot-rocker parents – and others like them. Just because you CAN do something, doesn’t mean you SHOULD. Especially when there’s a threat of injury to a helpless baby involved.
It’s also worth pointing out that this setup contradicts everything we know about safe sleeping, infants and SIDS prevention. In a nutshell: Do NOT try this at home.