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Is this the most dangerous parenting hack ever? Mother attaches a KITCHENAID to the baby bouncer to rock her tot to … |

Is this the most dangerous parenting hack ever? Mother attaches a KITCHENAID to the baby bouncer to rock her tot to …

  • Anonymous inventor created a DIY KitchenAid Bouncer device for their baby 
  • A GIF showing the baby sleeping while being rocked was posted to Reddit 
  • It has since been viewed over 750,000 times – and has been criticised by some

Esra Gurkan For Mailonline



A multi-tasking mother has come up with a novel way to rock her baby to sleep. leaving her free to get on with other tasks.

The unknown woman used a thick elastic band to secure a KitchenAid to the mobile attached to her child’s bouncer chair. 

When switched on, the motion of the food mixer gently rocked the chair back and forth. 

A GIF of the device, nicknamed the ‘KitchenAid Bouncer’, was shared on Reddit, where it’s been viewed over 750,000 times. 

While it’s possible the clip was posted as a joke rather than a recommendation, it didn’t stop viewers jumping to condemn the makeshift bouncer as ‘dangerous’

Meanwhile, Colleen Driscoll, the executive director of the International Association for Child Safety (IAFCS), told Femail that parents and caregivers should always follow manufacturers’ instructions when using any device, and pointed out that modifying products can lead to injury. 

People have claimed the DIY ‘KitchenAid Bouncer’ shared by a mother on Reddit is ‘dangerous’ and said they wouldn’t trust it 

‘Many “parent hacks” can be found on the internet,’ she said. ‘Some might be clever but not follow safety practices. 

‘Please consult safety experts to learn more and take the time to carefully review instructions.’ 

Responding to the video several Redditors also raised concerns over the makeshift bouncer, with one describing it as ‘actually a pretty stupid thing to do’.

Another 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?’

Somebody said it was an invention that most people would realise right away was ‘stupid’ 

Another agreed, adding: ‘This is one of those ideas we all have and then most of us immediately realise it’s a really stupid idea. This person doesn’t have that part of the brain.’ 

Other users were more measured in their criticism, saying it would be unlikely to cause serious harm.  

‘If the band were to catch, it would wrap around the paddle until it becomes taught and comes to a stop,’ one commented. ‘The baby wouldn’t be caught in the paddle.

The anonymous inventor decided to customise a standard baby bouncer with an entirely new function (stock image)

‘I have one of these Kitchen Aid mixers and they are pretty powerful (they need to be to knead bread dough), but they’re not on nearly the same level as a woodworking lathe.

‘This is monumentally stupid because the baby will likely get hurt given a long enough time. 

‘But it’s not gonna get an arm/leg caught in the paddle and be thrown about like a ragdoll until it dies.’ 


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