If there is one piece of advice I would offer to new parents in terms of their purchases, it would be to think of items longitudinally. Is it functional? Does it fit into your overall aesthetic? Will it serve a purpose as the child grows and moves through varies stages? I suppose I thought about a few of these things when I was pregnant with my first, but don’t think that I considered how my children would sit in chairs after being well out of babyhood.
My youngest has insisted on sitting in a regular chair since 15 months of age. Both of my children also shunned their plastic boosters seats and are either way too low at the table or sit on their knees. They are certainly not comfortable, and I’m constantly worried about the chairs tipping backwards. I am also often asking them to “please sit properly” – yet how can they without a chair that suits their needs?
I was excited to welcome Stokke’s Tripp Trapp into my home since my 2.5 year old clearly still needs to be in some sort of high chair. I was able to assemble it myself and my son took to it right away, referring to it as his royal chair (big sister influence here). I was so happy to no longer see his little feet dangling at the table in a chair that was adjusted to accommodate his specific size perfectly. Adrian is clearly comfortable in his Tripp Trapp and so is his mama – knowing that he is securely strapped into a (removable and adjustable) five-point harness.
|Adrian is comfortable in his Tripp Trapp while his big sis is sitting on her knees.|
In our home, things that scream “baby” are often ejected into the donations pile – sometimes even before we are through using them. I’m such a fan of the Tripp Trapp’s space-saving minimalistic design – it is a piece of furniture that morphs into our space perfectly.
I recently had the chance to hear Stokke’s Director of Innovation and Design, Hilde Angelfoss speak about the brand’s design philosophies and appreciated the emphasis on the baby’s relationship to her/his mother and surroundings. The Tripp Trapp is uniquely designed to bring the baby directly to the table during family meal time. Since there is no fixed-tray, the baby is able to learn and bond during family meals at the same proximity (to the table) as other family members. I’m also a fan of the ergonomic design that encourages proper posture and can be customized well into adulthood (it supports 300 pounds!). Stokke has also covered all possible scenarios with several Tripp Trapp accessory options. The newborn set can bring the baby to the table from as early as birth. While the additional baby set and tray (as seen below) can be added to accommodate for times when the baby must be fed away from the table, like in the middle of big sister’s living room musical performances.
|Please note that that the baby set and tray were not tested with an actual baby. The footplate should also be raised to fit the baby.|
I am incredibly happy with this chair. The Tripp Trapp’s durable construction is easily customizable and built for longevity. It has also been around for over 40 years, winning multiple prestigious awards. It is available in a rainbow of colors and was even included in an exhibit at MoMA. The Tripp Trapp is also made of beech wood and is environmentally friendly.
The only notable limiting factor may be its price point. The chair alone retails for $249.99 and the recommended gliders, additional baby set, and tray would bring the cost closer to $387.97. Although, I do think that over time the chair is definitely cost effective as it made to be customized from babyhood to adulthood. Furthermore, it is under warranty for 7 years.
Perhaps my only problem is that I now really want another one for my five-year-old.
Stokke provided me with a Tripp Trapp and accessories for review purposes. As in all my reviews, the above opinions are honest and my own.