Look, when you have not slept for months. When your idea of a good night’s sleep is that of getting two hours of uninterrupted sleep. When that cute bastard that you love refuses to shut those googly eyes, then you can get desperate. Some people resort to long car rides to lull the baby to sleep. Others choose to let the baby cry himself to sleep and some opt for kitchen equipment.
This is what one mother has done to lull her baby to sleep. Posting the photo on Reddit, this parent showed the baby sleeping in his bouncer which is normal enough. What has made this sleeping hack news is that the woman chose to wrap an elastic band to the bouncer and to her KitchenAid so that the baby could be bounced to sleep.
Maybe what this woman was trying to reproduce was the electrical bouncer. The latter is like a normal bouncer but it can be powered to move in a rock-like movement to lull the baby. Rather than having to rock the baby in your arms, the electronic bouncer cuts out some of the time for you and helps you get the baby to sleep.
All of this baby gear is helpful when you have a baby. No matter how much we love our kids, this whole parenting thing can get tiring especially when we are sleep deprived but our baby isn't. So really, any baby gear is welcome but it has to be one that is safe for our baby.
What has made this DIY hack even more news is that this woman posted this 'hack' on Reddit. People are having a field day criticizing her decision to do this. Some even worked in a few puns to lighten up the comments section like Aleforge who was quick to write, “They don’t call it ‘baby batter’ for nothing.”
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Others chose to go for full-on condemnation. Like Tercraetor, who wrote, “Not to be a downer but someone should tell these people how fucking dangerous that is. 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.”
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Tercraetor even backed up the comment with evidence. “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 kitchen aid mixer, they're powerful machines and while it might not break an adult arm or leg, it would make quick work of a baby.”
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Others chose to use comparison to add their criticism. Like one commentator, who chose to allude to an old Michael Jackson incident. “This video to me is similar to dangling a baby off a 10 story balcony for shits and giggles.”
Some tried to put a positive spin on this whole DIY fiasco. Like The_enginerd, who wrote, “Good lord this seems like such an incredibly bad idea I can't really even come up with a positive thing to say here. At least they aren't using an extension cord on the mixer I guess?”
Reddit is full of people that have an overactive imagination. Tercraetor creates a whole scenario for us all. “This whole setup is just one caught band/cloth away from tipping the bouncy seat and dumping the baby into the mixing paddle. If at that point an arm or leg gets caught then baby will be wrapped up in it like a lathe and suffer serious injury or die. This shit is way not cool.”
There was also Picasso_penis who chose to educate us all because this is what Picasso’s penis does. “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.”
Let’s face it, even if this woman had posted a normal photo of herself mothering her baby, people would have still given her shit. This is what we’re doing now, criticizing people for breastfeeding the baby in an awkward position, for letting them sleep in bed, for not letting them sleep in bed. Still, using kitchen equipment to lull the baby to sleep and then posting it online is just asking to get bashed.