Parents Are Freaking Out Over This Dangerous Baby Sleep Hack

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Most parents would do almost anything to get their babies to sleep, whether it's putting them in the car at 3 a.m. and driving until they pass out or pacing around the house with the vacuum cleaner doubling as a white noise machine. But chances are you've never tried a hack like this one before: An image of a baby in a bouncer seat attached to a stand mixer is going viral -- and people are kind of losing their sh-t over it.

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The hack, shared anonymously on Imgur, shows a baby sleeping peacefully in a bouncer seat. The seat is attached to a stand mixer via a piece of cloth, which not only keeps it bouncing up and down pretty vigorously but also serves as white noise to keep the baby snoozing.

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Does it get the job done? Sure. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's a good idea. As you can imagine, plenty of Reddit users brought up some seriously valid concerns about the safety of this simple trick.

For starters, that bouncy seat could totally tip over.


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Plus, as someone else pointed out, babies aren't really supposed to nap in bouncers for extended periods of time (though we can't blame any parent for doing whatever works).


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There are just SO many unexpected ways this could go wrong.


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So, maybe this isn't the best idea parents have ever had. But, we can at least appreciate the sheer exhaustion that went into making it possible. Every parent knows just how brutal those early, sleep-deprived months can be. And I'm assuming you don't hook your kid's chair up to a kitchen appliance unless you're really, really desperate for some shut-eye.

Still, this sleep hack looks less a must-try tip and more like a potential disaster just waiting to happen. Props to the inventors of this contraption for their ingenuity, but it's probably a good idea if we don't try this one at home.

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