Clever. Also deeply stupid. Source: Reddit.
Clever. Also deeply stupid. Source: Reddit.

The dangerous baby sleep hack angering parents

A SHOCKING parenting hack involving a baby bouncer and a KitchenAid mixmaster attracted thousands of horrified reactions from parents when it was shared on Reddit.

The gif shows a baby being asleep in a rocker with the help of the whirring blades of a kitchen mixer and either a rubber band or length of fabric - presumably to both rock the infant and provide constant white noise.

And … we're pretty sure that's some sort of office lamp suspended over the top.

Where to begin.

You don't have to be The Supernanny to understand why this isn't exactly the best idea.

As a number of readers pointed out, it wouldn't take more than a nudge or a wriggle for the baby could flip backwards into the appliance's whirring blades.

Or the bands/fabric attaching the two could get wrapped around the blades and draw the baby into the whirring mixer.

At the very least the rubber bands could break and twang into the infant's sensitive skin.

"Not to be a downer but someone should tell these people how f**king dangerous that is," wrote one commenter. "When (not if) that piece of cloth catches, it will dump the baby into the mixing paddle where an arm or leg will likely catch, spinning the baby around in the mixer until baby dies or someone stops the mixer, whichever happens first."

"If you don't believe me, look up the multitude of videos on youtube of industrial accidents involving spinning equipment like lathes. One piece of fabric or hair gets caught and you're hamburger within 5 seconds, no joke. I have worked on my own KitchenAid mixer, they're powerful machines and while it might not break an adult arm or leg, it would make quick work of a baby."

"This video to me is similar to dangling a baby off a 10 story balcony for sh**s and giggles."

Others said this scenario is probably a bit extreme, but cautioned that even a best-case scenario wouldn't look good. "I could see the baby getting pulled toward it as it catches and getting whacked in the head by the paddle but getting any arm or leg into it is wildly improbable."

Another pointed out that even without the mixer, babies shouldn't be left to sleep in flimsy bouncers for extended periods of time: "I know being a parent early on is difficult, and I hate to be the stick in the mud, but the AAP recommends that babies nap and sleep on a flat surface, and these types of things aren't really recommended for extended use."

In 2015, three-month-old Leia-Mai Smith died after being left to sleep in a bouncinette while her mother napped on a sofa.

We all know how difficult it is to get a moment's peace with a newborn, and many of us would happily trade a kidney for half an hour of uninterrupted sleep.

But it's not worth trading any of your baby's body parts. Think, people. Think before you obey the internet.

This article originally appeared on Kidspot and has been republished here with permission.