Babysitter's creative 'hands-free' baby carrier hack

J'Ann Sorhaindo's creative solution.
J'Ann Sorhaindo's creative solution.  Photo: Facebook

We've all been there – you need to hold the baby, but you also need to eat.

It's the reason many parents are so skilled at preparing food and eating with one hand. It's also the reason baby carriers are considered an essential piece of kit.

But for 15-year-old J'Ann Sorhaindo, there was another option. When babysitting her baby cousin Ava, she needed to make some lunch ... so she simply tucked the baby into the front of her shorts.

J'Ann's little sister took a photo and sent into her aunt, Claudia Sorhaindo, by text message. Sorhaindo later posted the photo to Facebook.

"I had to run out the house for a quick min, so I asked my niece to babysit Baby Ava," she wrote.

"A few min later I received a text saying that J'Ann wanted to make a sandwich but didn't want to let baby Ava out of her sight. Lord send help this was her solution ... creativity at its finest."

Sorhaindo, from Lakeland, Florida, told TODAY Parents that she is part of a large family. She also explained that her niece, J'Ann, is one of 17 grandchildren, so the teen has lots of experience looking after her younger cousins. Sorhaindo often uses her as a babysitter.

"Our family is so big that every month there's a birthday party," she joked.

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While J'Ann's creative baby-carrying method was eyebrow-raising, it also had a deeper meaning for Sorhaindo. In 2011 the mum lost her three-month-old daughter after a medication mix up at the hospital.

"J'Ann knows how protective I am with Ava. Some might say I'm a little paranoid. I'm always checking to see if she's breathing, so J'Ann showed me she is making sure she is keeping her eyes on Ava," said Sorhaindo.

Sorhaindo says that she shared the photos because they had made her day and she wanted to make her friends and family laugh too. "I am very thankful for having Baby Ava in my life because I thought I couldn't have any more children. And to see (these photos) brings tears of joy to my eyes," said Sorhaindo.

However she also says that she was shocked when the post went viral. The Facebook post has been shared almost 250,000 times and has attracted over 200,000 likes and reactions.

Commenting on the post, one person said that J'Ann should patent the idea. "You need to market that before someone else does," added another person.

We're not sure if the idea will take off – but it's definitely a new solution to that age-old problem.