Tripp Trapp High Chair Exceeded My Expectations
Now that my little one is old enough to sit up and eat, I was in the market for a high chair, and many people recommended that I buy the Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair. I realize that Stokke is known for making high quality baby products, and I assumed that the Tripp Trapp highchair would be no different. It was available in a few different wood finishes, including, natural, walnut, cherry and black. Because I have a lot of dark furniture and a dark dining room table, I decided to get the Stokke Tripp Trapp in walnut because it fit my decor best. As soon as I brought it home, I marveled at what a beautiful highchair it was; it was very plain, but then again, that's my style. My little one was six months old at the time, and was pretty good at sitting up. I felt very comfortable, putting him in the chair, even the very first time I used it; he seemed ready.
I noticed when I ordered my Stokke Tripp Trapp that there was an optional baby strap that I could purchase. It was a plastic strap that went over the baby's legs to provide additional support for babies that like to lean forward. It kind of resembled the old school rubber toddler swings in the park, with the wide leg openings. I decided that I didn't need it, and as it turned out, I didn't. The high chair has a five-point safety harness, which took a little bit of time to adjust correctly. Once I had adjusted, it was a snap to put on or remove. I love the way I was able to pull my little one right up to the table with me so that we could spend time together whether I was on the computer, filling out paperwork or having lunch. It was also fun to be able to eat meals and snacks together. I don't think I realized how great this high chair was until our mutual meal was finished.
The traditional plastic highchairs have so many tiny crevices for food and liquids to get into, it's just disgusting. Don't even get me started on the plastic â€œpaddingâ€ that plastic chairs come with; cleaning in between and underneath is just so gross. This is one of the main things that appealed to me so much about the Stokke highchair. It was open, no padding, no crevices. Just straightforward simple cleanup with a simple, sleek design. No tray to clean, either, as baby would eat right on the table with me. Fortunately, the five-point safety harness was removable for when it did need to be cleaned, although the webbing seems to be pretty stain resistant.
This high chair is totally stowable and folds up quickly and easily. I like to fold it and put it between my refrigerator and the wall when it is not in use, in order to keep it out of the way and preserve my precious kitchen space. What makes this chair so worth the investment is that it grows with your baby. You can adjust the foot rest up or down, and your baby will be able to use it as a toddler, and even as a school-age child. Actually, even an adult could use it as it supports up to 300 pounds.Â
There are also Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair accessories that you can purchase if you want to. I had considered purchasing the optional high chair padding to make the seat a little bit softer, but I have to admit that I enjoy the ease of cleaning too much to add the additional hassle of padding. Besides, I buy good diapers that have plenty of padding in them anyway. The Tripp Trapp is a great highchair that feels very sturdy and doesn't have any wobbles. I wish they had this when my older children were younger, I wonder how much time I would've saved by not having to clean the cracks and crevices of their plastic highchair.