Whether you're a first-time parent or you've been around the block once or twice, you've likely heard some parenting tips, tricks, and advice (some of which are, of course, now referred to as parenting "hacks") designed to make your life a little bit easier. While some of these so-called hacks are, truly, pretty brilliant and do, in fact, smooth over the sometimes rougher edges of family life and busy schedules, others are really better being disregarded than followed. There are some common parenting hacks that are actually super dangerous, and you should know about them so that you can avoid potentially putting your child in danger unintentionally and accidentally.
From letting your child fall asleep in a bouncer or swing, to using a heating pad to warm a cool mattress, some parenting hacks are just not safe. Sometimes, it seems that those coming up with life hacks are far too concerned with the amount of time or money (at least the perceived amount of time or money) that can be saved, without really considering the risks involved and asking yourself whether they are logical or safe. And if you hear them suggested to you enough times, you might also overlook those other factors in favor of something that will save you precious minutes, of which no parent has enough. These hacks can potentially compromise your kid's safety, and that's just not worth it, no matter how genius and life-changing they may seem.