Stokke Tripp Trapp {Review}

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. 

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  1. Yesss, how awesome is the Tripp Trapp? We LOVE ours! It's been such an asset to have in our home, and Ethan loves sitting at the table in it versus a booster or clunky high chair!

    • It is really awesome and comfortable. When I had Lucia we received the Svan from my parents. Although it is also marketed as a chair that grows, it didn't hold up well. I also love the streamlined design!

  2. We have two Tripp Trap chairs for our twins – LOVE THEM! The best chairs we could ask for. Honestly. I have recommended them to everyone. I purchased mine because my cousin used hers with her boys until they were 6. So useful, functional and cool looking!
    Great review 🙂
    Kerrie
    http://www.familyfoodandtravel.com

  3. We've had ours for 6 years! Just a couple months ago we readjusted it from our 6 year old's height to our new baby's height (since she can now sit up). It's been fantastic. I can't imagine having the baby eat separately from us in a high chair, or having to clean off a separate high chair.

    • The ease of cleaning is such a great point! Since there are no crevices for food to get stuck it is so simple to clean (even in white). And best of all there are no lingering gross food particles.

  4. I was just thinking well, I want one for my five-yr. old, lol, and then you said it. This sounds incredible (and I like your son's cute little striped socks 😉 ).

    This is a great review!

  5. I just ordered my second one! I got it for Alex but Maggie was always wanting to sit in it & loves going arts & crafts sitting in it. Tripp Trapp #2 arrived yesterday!

  6. Where on earth am I shopping? I have never heard or seen this Tripp Trapp beauty. Hubby would be sold on it mainly due to the simplistic yet functional design. I'm sold on how it brings the child closer to the table. Cost is pricey but as you mentioned it would pay for itself in the long run. Gonna look into it. By the way, that huge mural you have on your dining room wall ROCKS!!! You place screams comfy and cool.

  7. this is such a cute way to have your child at the table.

  8. Hi Monica,

    When we lived in Belgium one of my colleagues let me borrow her Stokke, it is a really nice design and I love the color options. However, as you say, it is pricey, so we opted to go with the Keekaroo, it has a nice design and you can buy the infant tray, seat, cushions separately but is a lot cheaper. We've been really happy with it!

  9. Hi, I followed your link on MBC. Your blog is beautiful. I love your photography. I enjoyed reading this Stokke review; my children are too old for this now but I have always wondered about this product. I am following your blog and looking forward to reading more. If you want to check out my blog, it's at thistlebearhome.blogspot.com. 🙂

  10. I have never heard of this before but obviously it does come in handy. Anything that is transitional and useful over a long period of time is a great investment. My 2 now 3 year old insist on eating at the table on the regular chair as well. She wants to feel like a big girl 🙂

    • Don't they all want to be big?! My kids were both sitting in regular chairs too. The Tripp Trapp actually made me examine how improperly they were sitting. I think it's a solid investment in the long run.

  11. Wow! I love it! The price point is a bit high though. But I think my 15 month old could benefit from this soon enough!

  12. LOve it! I don't have little guys anymore, but I think it looks so sleek and cool! I would have totally bought this for my little ones.

  13. Monica your trip trap thingy is nice but I can't stop looking at your home!! Why don't you take photos and share it on your blog? I'm loving your style!
    Leslie (Gwen Moss)

    • Leslie – thank you! I actually received a few negative emails about my home from this post. Sine I so admire your interior taste – this is a huge compliment coming from you. My husband is an artist, but hasn't really had the time to paint in many years. We have a lot of his older pieces in our home, including the large painting and chandelier. I love having his art in our home.

  14. I'm in LOVE with our Stokke Tripp Trap and I totally recommend them to everyone too… and I also love your beautiful home!!! It really does fit perfectly with your dining set. 😉

    • Thanks Kate – it actually fits our table perfectly – the only difference is that I have been able to keep the chair completely white and chip free.

  15. We adore our Tripp Trapp! It's simply the best and I love the white!!

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