Dad's brilliant solution for reading to three kids at once

Hal Taylor ran out of room on his lap - and built a solution.
Hal Taylor ran out of room on his lap - and built a solution. Photo: Hal Taylor/Facebook

We thought we'd found the perfect rocking chair last week in this bassinet/rocker combo but we reckon this dad's genius invention might be even better.

Introducing the StoryTime Rocker, the brain child of craftsman and father-of-three Hal Taylor who ran out of lap real-estate when he had baby number three, and came up with a solution.

"I have been an avid reader all of my life, therefore, when I had children I began reading to them very early, before they were born actually," Taylor explains over on his site. "This continued until their reading ability eclipsed my own."

When his youngest daughter Rose was born, Taylor says his daughter quickly proved herself to be the "communicator" in the family.

"Well - she was NOT going to be left out of the reading crowd!" he notes.


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And yet, with Rose keen to join her older siblings, Taylor found himself with a problem. "Not having a lap large enough for three children, this meant that Rachael, the oldest, had to stand by the chair at story time," he said. "I felt this was not at all fair and thought, 'Well, I make rocking chairs, I can figure this thing out!'"


 And that he did.

"The StoryTime Rocking Chair is the proof," Taylor says. "Now, all three children could have a comfortable seat when reading."

Worth around $8,000 dollars, the Virginia-based designer says each chair is carefully crafted from 262 separate pieces of wood and all parts "match perfectly".

"Is it a lot of money?", Taylor asks rhetorically on his website.

"YES but ask yourself this question. "Of all of the things I have spent money on in the last 20 years, how many of them will ever be used by my great grandchildren?? This chair will!

While the first chair was designed almost 26 years ago now, the rockers are still one of Taylor's most popular designs. And, if you've ever wanted to make your own rocking chair, you can even buy the templates and DIY.


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