Well this is just about the coolest thing I've seen in a while.
Have you heard of the Lap Baby?
Billed as a hands-free seating aid for babies, the Lap Baby is suitable for use from three months and comes in a handy travel bag.
The appeal is obvious - no more wedging your wriggling tot on your lap while you eat lunch / do an online shop / take a flight. Just pop the Lap Baby on, secure your little one in place and voila - your hands are free at last!
The Lap Baby creator says this about it:
"I came up with the idea for LapBaby 2 years ago whilst on maternity leave with my first child. I hand-sewed a very early prototype and found myself using it so much that I knew I had to develop the idea! My friends placed orders as soon as they witnessed me eating and relaxing at our get-togethers handsfree, while they all struggled with one arm wrapped around baby, the other chasing food around a plate. I used the prototype on a flight to Greece and the whole experience was so much more enjoyable as I could read and entertain my daughter throughout using both hands! Mums and grandparents are always approaching me in restaurants asking where they can buy one.....my husbands 'eureka' moment was when he realised he could use it to play the Xbox!"
Alas, my youngest is already too old for this but it would have been a life-saver when my lot were little - and the perfect pressie for a new or expectant mum.
I particularly love this feedback from a Grateful Granny on the Lap Baby website:
"My daughter has just brought this around to my house and I can't believe how useful it is, not only for her but for me when I'm looking after my grandson. I've just spent the past half hour with him on my lap playing the piano – that's four hands on the keyboard – great fun!"
Lap Baby costs £24.99 and you can buy yours here.
So will you be snapping one up, or do you wish they existed when your tots were tiny?