It’s been a couple of months since we started weaning Little M now, so I thought it was about time that I wrote a proper review of our Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair, which Stokke kindly sent us to review.
The biggest bonus about the Tripp Trapp is it’s design. It’s a proper piece of furniture, and is available in a variety of colours so you can choose the perfect one to match your kitchen/dining room. We chose white as we already have a white table and chairs, and it blends in perfectly. My favourite thing about the way it looks is that people always ask where Little M’s highchair is as it looks so un-highchair like!
I also love that the design of the Tripp Trapp means that Little M is sitting up at the table with us. There’s no tray (although you can buy an additional tray if that’s what floats your boat) so nothing to prevent her from reaching the table. For me, socialisation around the dinner table from an early age is so important, and we try to eat dinner all together every night. Fortunately, Little M prefers a slightly later routine (she is usually asleep at 8:30pm now) so we are able to eat when hubby gets home from work, just before 6pm.
Our Tripp Trapp came with a soft stripe cushion. It’s gorgeous but can be a bit fiddly to remove the seat part, which I find we do frequently as Little M tends to throw up everywhere when she gags (lovely!). On the up side, it is machine washable and I can chuck it in the tumble drier too. I only wish I had two so that I could use one while the other is being washed. That said, the Tripp Trapp is perfectly adequate without a cushion, too. Little M seems comfortable sitting in it with or without the cushion.
Not only is it easy to clean the cushion, the whole highchair wipes down really easily. I just spray it with a bit of antibacterial spray and wipe the whole thing down. The harness wipes clean too, although it has escaped most things as Little M’s bib generally saves it from the hardcore mess!
With regard to the amount of space it takes up, I’d say the Tripp Trapp takes up as much space as a normal dining chair at the table. It doesn’t fold at all, as it’s a fixed structure, but I’m not sure why you’d want to hide it away anyway, as it’s such a nice piece of furniture. It’s not too heavy or cumbersome though; we’ve even popped it in the boot of the car and taken it to our friend’s house for lunch!
As Little M has grown we’ve needed to adjust the foot plate; this is easily done using the allen key that came with the Tripp Trapp. I keep it in the kitchen drawer so that I’ve got it to hand when I need it. (Aside: Think Michael McIntyre’s man drawer and you’re on the right track!) It literally took about 30 seconds to do. It was also pretty easy to put the Tripp Trapp together in the first place.
With regard to price, the Tripp Trapp retails at £169, plus extra for the baby seat, harness and cushion. Yes, it’s a bit more expensive that your average highchair; but I think that’s the point. It’s not the average highchair. The Tripp Trapp is designed to grow with your child, adapting to their every stage. I’m looking forward to seeing how Little M chooses to use it as she grows up!
Disclosure: We were sent a Stokke Tripp Trapp in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are my own.