From Trunkis to Tangle Teezers, Dragons’ Den has marked the debut of some wildly popular products.
But it would be interesting to know what Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones would make of these rather boundary-pushing designs.
Would-be inventors from across the UK took to Mumsnet to reveal what they would present if they were invited to appear on the hit BBC show.
The responses ranged from the seemingly achievable to stunning examples of blue sky thinking, with one wistful woman proposing ‘a single pill that would keep you at your ideal weight’.
Thinking outside the box: Would-be inventors from across the UK shared their novel ideas after a Mumsnet user asked for submissions worthy of Dragons’ Den. Pictured left to right, Dragons Touker Suleyman, Jenny Campbell, Deborah Meaden, Tej Lalvani and Peter Jones
Dress to impress! The light-hearted thread was kickstarted by Mumsnet user Lorddenning1, pictured, who dreams of having an easy mix nail polish machine at home
Perhaps unsurprisingly for a parenting forum, many of the inventions focused on ways to make family life easier.
The light-hearted thread was kickstarted by user Lorddenning1 who offered her own suggestion.
She wrote: ‘Mine is a machine that can make any colour nail polish (so you can match it up to outfits), you would just scan the items and it would make that colour, like the machine at B&Q.’
One frazzled mother responded saying she dreamed of a way to make brushing her four-year-old son’s teeth less stressful and proposed ‘Dentastix for kids’, similar to the Pedigree dental treats given to dogs.
First-hand experience: Perhaps unsurprisingly for a parenting forum, many of the inventions focused on ways to make family life easier, pictured
‘If I could just give him a crunchy treat that would foam a bit and clean his teeth, then I can work on the brushing when he’s older and hopefully a bit less of an a******e,’ she explained.
She added: ‘I’d also do holiday packs, so much easier to have a quick chomp on a treat than trogging off to a campsite sink in the early hours.’
Others suggested ways to make homework a little easier.
‘School exercise books which are slightly bigger than A4, so nothing has to be trimmed before sticking. Would save so much time,’ one mother wrote.
Fresh take: Others looked at ways to improve existing products like coffee and flip-flops
A handful of industrious parents focused on ways to keep their children occupied.
One posted: ‘A thing that pushes a swing for you by remote control. They could be coin operated in parks and would make a fortune. I hate pushing swings.’
Another suggested a ‘baby shovel’ to help move babies to their cot from wherever they’ve fallen asleep.
Husbands also fell pray to the women’s out-of-the-box thinking.
One joked: ‘I would like a “Man Remote”. It’s like a telly remote control but for blokes. You can just press pause for a bit and reanimate them when you are ready.’
Streamline: Weight loss and sun cream application were also targeted by Mumsnet users