We had very happily been using IKEA Antilop high chairs for both kids when, one day, The K Man asked me to put his feet up on my lap while I was sitting adjacent to him.
This continued – day after day – until I finally asked what the problem was.
“I just want to put my feet on something, Mommy.”
I’ll start by saying that everyone in our house loves this chair – from Big B all the way down to Miss Q, who often asks to sit in her brother’s Tripp Trapp when he’s not home. I would definitely consider getting a second one for her; even with its faults (read on…), it’s a fantastic high chair.
We don’t trip on the Tripp Trapp like we do with the Antilop. Despite two “feet” that stick out at the bottom, they never get in our way. I don’t miss tripping over the old high chairs. Not even a bit.
The Stokke Tripp Trapp is ultra-versatile: with the addition of the infant seat and cushion, your six month old will be as comfortable as your 10 year old will a decade later. And with a price tag of about $300, versatility and longevity are two absolute musts.
So easy to clean. It what I love most about our Antilop – there’s nowhere for crumbs to get stuck and no inconvenient patterns that create ridges that are challenging to wipe clean (like the design on one of my favourite kids’ placemats). Even if all you’ve got handy is a tiny strip of bone-dry paper towel, you’ll be able to clean off the Tripp Trapp without a speck of frustration.
The design – which has been the same since the Tripp Trapp was born in 1972 – is as contemporary as ever. Clean lines, easy on the eyes and will blend in with traditional-modern aesthetics.
If you can’t find a colour that matches or complements your kitchen décor, you’ve got problems. Just saying.
It has remarkable strength (it holds up to about 300 pounds). Once The K Man is finished using his chair at the dinner table, we’ll move it up to his bedroom to use as his desk chair.
It’s the perfect table height. Both kids are really comfortable and The K Man even has his own system of pulling himself closer to the table once he’s seated. I think it’s so important, whether or not you practice baby-led weaning like we did, that kids are seated at the table with their parents and siblings.
I think my favourite thing about this chair is that even toddlers can get themselves into it. You don’t need to lift in and lift out.
Got a climber who likes to get out as quickly as she gets in? No worries – the harness that comes with every Tripp Trapp will securely hold your child in the seat during mealtime. The straps are long enough that they even fit my five year old, with room to spare.
What I really disliked about a booster seat we recently tested is a non-issue with this chair; The K Man sits up perfectly and isn’t twisting and turning in it during mealtimes with awful posture.
An incredible seven-year warranty if you register your Tripp Trapp online. Please be sure you read the gaffes below so you don’t make the same mistake I did and screw yourself out of this amazing warranty.
I have heard for years that the Tripp Trapp is a tipping hazard. I have had both kids in this high chair for two months now and there’s been no danger of it tipping backwards – at all. Not even a little. But…
One time, The K Man did stand up on the foot rest and the chair started to tip forward (toward the table). I shrieked and he sat down in time to catch it. Of course, this would be less of an issue than tipping backwards, but I still get nervous at times and remind him not to stand on the foot rest ever again.
While it’s mostly easy to put together, I somehow missed that I needed to insert both the seat and the foot rest before tightening the sides. So I had to undo many different screws to slide these parts in. Not the end of the world, but what that means is that anytime you want to re-adjust the Tripp Trapp for a bigger or smaller child, you need to repeat this step of undoing and re-screwing. You can just forget about letting a younger cousin borrow it for a casual dinner visit – it’ll be way too much of a hassle.
I can’t close out this review without again mentioning the $300 price tag. I know that’s going to make some of you run for the hills. Make no mistake – it’s a lot of money. This is precisely the time to employ price per use: if you think you’ll use this chair for upwards of 10 years, it’s a $30 per year investment. Not bad. If you really don’t see this working in your home for more than a couple of years, it’s probably not the wisest investment if you’re on a budget.
The worst thing about the Stokke Tripp Trapp, however, is the sticker on the seat back. It’s one of those warning labels for idiots who don’t have any common sense and cause companies to spend oodles of money on lawyers and graphic designers so they’re not liable for your stupidity. You know the kind. Anyway, the warning label was the first thing you saw when you walked in the direction of my kitchen – and it was an eyesore. So I started to peel it off. Except it wasn’t one of those easy-peel stickers that slips off with one tug. Oh, no. This is one of the worst stickers of all time to remove. I am still scratching at it to get all of the remnants off. When I asked Stokke how to get rid of the sticker gunk for good, it suggested hot water and also let me know that my serial number was on that sticker. Well, it’s long gone now. And the serial number is nowhere else, so they put this horrible kind of sticker on the chair on purpose! Sadly, I removed the serial number before registering our Tripp Trapp, which means we don’t qualify for that glorious seven-year warranty. This honestly did affect my overall rating of the chair and if Stokke added the serial number to a piece of documentation and made this an easier-to-remove sticker, I’d give this chair a 4.5/5 without question. (If they also figured out a way for the seat and foot rest to safely glide in and out for on-demand adjustments, I’d give it a 5/5!)