Children were sitting on their parents' lap or laps? Can lap be used in plural form at all?

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    It's funny, my 2yo daughter just recently started asking to sit on my laps, or sometimes "not this lap, your other lap". I have to explain to her that I have only one lap. I think she feels each leg constitutes its own lap. – Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Dec 6 '10 at 15:09
  • I think it has to do with the fact that originally, as Webster says, a lap was "the clothing that lies on the knees, thighs, and lower part of the trunk when one sits", but the meaning has transmuted over the years. – brilliant Dec 6 '10 at 15:13

There are multiple parents, each with their own lap.

Therefore, the children (collectively) were sitting on their parents' laps.

However, each child was sitting on one parent's lap.

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