Tripp Trapp or Antilop

(46 Posts)
whoneedstosleep Sat 17-Nov-12 15:36:22

I apologise if this should be in products firstly!

Ok so I have spent far too much time researching both of these highchairs.
They both do roughly the same's just the cost.

My lovely dad will happily pay for either so it's not about the money although I don't want him paying for something just because IYKWIM.

My DS1 used his (nightmare to clean) Chico chair until he was 3.5. He is easily distracted so having him in a highchair kept his attention on eating.

This is the only thing really putting me off the Ikea one, it looks small so they would outgrow it quickly?

nextphase Sat 17-Nov-12 15:53:28

well, I put my 3.5 year old in the antilop the other week, as he wouldn't sit properly at the table, and the threat was if he didn't he's go in baby brothers high chair.
He fitted just fine (tho he's not huge).
I'd honestly try ikea if you don't need it to fold away - have you not still got the chicco? The antilop has done both my boys.

Jollyb Sat 17-Nov-12 16:01:44

I have both and much prefer the Tripp Trapp. It looks better and takes up less room- the antilop legs stick out really get in the way. Everyone always says that the antilop is easy to clean - I disagree. I find food really sticks to it.

I think the Tripp Trapp comes into its element as they get older. DD is 2.2 and we've taken off the baby set and she climbs in and out herself. I think we'll be using it for a while and so overall it's been one of our best baby purchases.

whoneedstosleep Sat 17-Nov-12 16:10:48

Thanks for those replies. My DS1 isn't massive and looks like his brother will be long & slim so maybe would get use out of the ikea one.

The Chico one has been condemned to the bin- it lasted 3.5 years of messy eating,play dough, painting etc.

Most things DS2 has are hand me downs so this would be the 1 big splurge for something of his own.

Does the Tripp Trapp adjust to different table heights?
Any experience of using the clic clac tray with it?

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 17-Nov-12 16:12:06


You can't put a tripp trapp in the dishwasher....

jaggythistle Sat 17-Nov-12 16:37:45

i put 3yo DS1 in an antilop in Ikea recently and he was fine.

he also loved his chicco with all its crevices and i only just evicted him to a booster seat just before he turned 3. it's still in good condition for DS2 so unfortunately can't justify anything new. sad

even if we replaced it with the Ikea one, i think my PIL would wonder where the nice high chair they bought had gone grin

You can adjust the Tripp Trapp to lower table heights, but there's only so high it will go. We've got it on the highest level and it's the perfect height for a standard table. I didn't bother getting the tray as I figured that was what the table's for. My justification for the cost of the Tripp Trapp is we're never going to need a booster seat as it sees them right through until they can sit on a normal chair.

whoneedstosleep Sat 17-Nov-12 19:45:24

Thank you everyone- DH says we should just go for the Tripp Trapp!
It is a lot of money but should have resale value too.

Pinner35 Sat 17-Nov-12 19:48:26

Don't underestimate the Tripp trapp's fab, any spills are contained, and it will protect your table (both my DD's loved to bang cutlery). It great doing craft stuff too.

Yika Sat 17-Nov-12 19:51:57

I have had both - had the antilop till 18 months and now the Tripp trapp. The antilop was cheaper than the tt babyset so I saved money overall. Perfectly happy with both, but there is no way the ikea one would have lasted any longer - dd hates to be confined.

whoneedstosleep Sat 17-Nov-12 19:54:24

Thanks pinner_ is it this one?

AllSWornOut Sat 17-Nov-12 19:59:21

We have a tripp trapp that DS and I both love. DS can climb onto it now by himself since we took the baby attachment thing off. You can adjust it to different table heights, and as the child grows, it's super easy to clean and when DS wants to sit on my seat for a change I can sit on his quite happily (which he finds hysterical of course).

The only time we used an antilop we hated it. Sticky out legs we kept tripping over, impossible to get it right up to the table and such a huge seat bit that DS kept dropping food down his trousers.

Uppermid Sat 17-Nov-12 20:01:50

Tripp trapp every time. Dd1 is 8 and still uses hers (as do I when we run out of chairs if we have lots of people over!)

Easy to clean, looks good, takes up hardly any space, completely adjustable.

TheNameisNOTZiggy Sat 17-Nov-12 22:37:24

If you have the cash then Tripp Trapp. Lovely piece of furniture. Matches current dining set & can be used for many years.

My dog would also vote for the Tripp Trapp. The footboard is the perfect height for his front paws so he can engage in continuous clean-up operations for the duration of DS's 'meal' (read: flinging food everywhere except his mouth).

CosmicCelia Sun 18-Nov-12 14:08:06

Antilop all the way. It's fab.

And if you change your mind next month and wish you'd got the other one, you've only spent a tenner so no great loss.

Wrigglebum Sun 18-Nov-12 19:24:20

As mentioned above, the antilop costs less than the Tripp trapp baby set, so why not get ikea chair for early days then move to Tripp trapp. The antilop is great for taking places too as the legs come off and so easy to store later for visiting friends.

Ikea does junior chairs so no need for a booster.

The junior chair is £30 or £36 depends on which one you choose. So even if add up the cost of that and the antilop, it will still be a lot cheaper than the Tripp trapp.

An antilop fan here.

PessimisticMissPiggy Sun 18-Nov-12 19:45:33

BabyDan Dan Chair is just as good as the TrippTrapp and a third of the price! We have that and the Antilop for when we visit peoples houses without kids.

Namechangeforapropertythread Sun 18-Nov-12 19:48:05

Definitely antilop here. We were willing to spend the cash on a trip trap but very glad we stuck with the antilop. Been through dishwasher already!

fossil97 Sun 18-Nov-12 19:50:54

Get the Antilop first. It costs less than the TT baby set. When the child has stopped throwing food everywhere and outgrows it, you could get a nice Tripp Trapp so they can sit up to the table. As Wrigglebum said, we did similar. I think Tripp Trapp for babies looks a bit contrived.

fossil97 Sun 18-Nov-12 19:55:29

I should say we did have two Tripp Trapps from about age 2 to age 6 for both children, would still have them except building work forced a big selling off of anything valuable.

MerylStrop Sun 18-Nov-12 20:13:35

We have 2 Tripp Trapps (and 3 kids) and love them. One is 8 years old and still looks good as new.

DD is nearly 6 and still uses hers, she is only a little thing and the extra height is helpful. I like that the children can get in and out and up and down independently (though that might be a disadvantage to you).

KateShmate Sun 18-Nov-12 20:19:53

We've got Tripp Trapp's for our 5 DD's and they are just brilliant - they last far longer than the Antilops as you just keep putting the seat down every time they get bigger.
One of my DD's Occupational Therapists came to our house and explained how good TT's are for children's development (not just highchair age) as its actually really important for them to be at the right height for the table. She also said that they are brilliant for younger babies when they are just sitting as its a brilliant position for them to be in.
We've never had the trays for ours as I just think the point behind TT's is that you have DC's up at the table from the beginning - but FWIW, friends have said that they are good.
Definitely a good investment I'd say smile

MerylStrop my 19mo DD can get in and out of our normal adult dining chair. Don't need a TT for the independence grin.

MerylStrop Sun 18-Nov-12 21:40:37

Yeah, but adult chairs are not the right height for sitting at a dining table if you are 2 (or 6, in DD's case). grin

I don't particularly think that independent entry and exit from the antilop would be something you'd want to encourage.

That said, I think the antilop is brilliant for the money.

HeidiHole Sun 18-Nov-12 22:33:06

We have the Tripp Trapp. DS is only 6 months so literally been in it a week!

So far we love it. We got it in oak so it matches our kitchen table. As reccommended by Stokke we only have the back cushion on it, not the seat cushion so all the food that is dropped does onto the floor (for the dogs!) or the wooden seat so easy clean up. DS sits up at the table with us and it will grow with him. I dithered for too long ages over the tripp trapp or the antilop and i'm very happy with our choice.

Definitely recommend the table top tray.

It just has suckers and attaches to the table top. Makes clean up even easier (tray can go into sink/dishwasher) and no need for plates or bowls. It has a lip on it so food cant slide off.

notjustamummythankyou Mon 19-Nov-12 09:41:10

We use both on a regular basis. We have use the tripp trapp at home and an Antilop chair stays at the grandparents for when we visit.

The tripp trapp is so comfortable for our 9mo, and our 3yo also has one - he find it so much easier to eat at the table when he's at the right height (obvious, but true).

I really can't think of any disadvantages with the tripp trapp - it's got a small footprint and can be pushed right under the table when not in use. The baby set cushions are a PITA to get on and off when they need cleaning. I've just read upthread about just keeping the back cushion on - good idea - I may just do that.

Antilop: great chair but its legs splay out - I'm forever tripping over them when we use it. Very easy to clean though, and takes apart in seconds. I do find there is a huge gap between the inner edge of the tray and 9mo's tummy - most of her food ends up on her knees! You don't have to use the tray though, and it will push up to a table, but it won't necessarily be at the right height.

Tripp Trapp do their own food tray which I think others upthread have referred to here.

The playtray which, I think OP you referred to here isn't actually made by Tripp Trapp, but as the whole Stokke 'ethos' is to use the table, they don't actually do their own. This Playtray was specially designed to fit the Tripp Trapp, though. We bought one when our 3yo was a baby. While it is a bit expensive, we really couldn't have done with out it and our 9mo uses it now. The advantage is that they can sit playing with toys or snacking in the highchair without having to be at the table, and it's easy to clean and can be thrown in the dishwasher. A bit of an investment for a bit of plastic, but well worth it IMHO!

On balance, if money isn't an issue, then go with the Tripp Trapp and a tray. If you're short on space, go with the Tripp Trapp. If you're short on space and money and don't mind dismantling now and then, go with the Antilop.

Sorry, bit of an essay, but HTH! grin

KateShmate Mon 19-Nov-12 17:13:38

Meryl Our eldest DD is 6 and still uses her Tripp Trapp for every meal too.

We found that before she had a TT, when she was at the wrong height, she used to get food everywhere and was constantly dropping it; even though she knelt up at the table so that technically she was at the right height. Since getting a TT she has barely spilt a crumb. Apparently its because they need to be sitting on a stable, flat surface - when they are kneeling up at the table, they aren't stable enough.

witchitagrub Mon 19-Nov-12 17:17:46

Antilop here, save his money for something worthwhile.

Mind you, i am not really a fan of special equipment for children once theysre no longer toddlers - bothof mine have sat happily on normsl chairs since 2 yrs old so i dont really see the appeal of a 'special' chair that grows with them.4

witchitagrub Mon 19-Nov-12 17:18:16

Sorry i meant once they are nolonger babies

Pinner35 Mon 19-Nov-12 17:27:17

Sorry whoneeds, I had poorly DD's to attend to. We have these, which means that they are still able to sit up to the table,. Pricey but worth it IMO.

whoneedstosleep Mon 19-Nov-12 20:02:05

Thanks everyone, I really appreciate all your input.

We are going with the TT, will leave the table top bit just now and buy an ordinary mat to put on table.


notjustamummythankyou Tue 20-Nov-12 07:34:54

Good choice! smile

HeidiHole Wed 21-Nov-12 17:37:38

good choice!

whoneedstosleep Wed 21-Nov-12 20:32:18

It's ordered & due to arrive tomorrow smile smile smile

Uppermid Thu 22-Nov-12 21:16:47

You won't regret it

BartletForTeamGB Sun 25-Nov-12 19:27:41

We have both! The Tripp Trapp looks much better at the table & we'll get another one when DC3 needs one, but the Antilop gets thrown in the back of the car whenever we are going to other people's houses for meals.

33goingon64 Sun 25-Nov-12 20:28:53

Antilop all the way, especially if doing BLW.

BartletForTeamGB Sun 25-Nov-12 23:31:13

Why especially for BLW? I've really liked both & have done BLW but can't see the connection. The Tripp Trapp is very easy to clean & goes right up to the table.

heidihole Mon 26-Nov-12 19:56:07

Bartlet "Why especially for BLW? The Tripp Trapp is very easy to clean & goes right up to the table."

Looks like you've answered your own question.

RillaBlythe Mon 26-Nov-12 20:02:05

What's a cheaper version of TT? Dd starting to object to her Antilop, wants to be on a normal chair but is too small.

heidihole Mon 26-Nov-12 20:03:54

It's the Babydan highchair rilla

BartletForTeamGB Mon 26-Nov-12 22:38:20

Heidi, my comment was to 33goingon64 who said, "Antilop all the way, especially if doing BLW." I couldn't (and still can't) work out the advantage of the Antilop over the Tripp Trapp "especially if doing BLW".

Jojay Mon 26-Nov-12 22:46:51

Quite a few toddlers I've known, including my own, have refused to use the Tripp Trapp as a normal chair though, complaining it's 'baby-ish'. It's longevity is great in theory, until you get an opinionated 2 yo who wants to be like his big brother grin

OP, I hope the Tripp Trapp suits you well, but for me, it's Antilop all the way.

Jojay Mon 26-Nov-12 22:47:53

And as for the BLW comment, the Antilop tray can go in the dishwasher. Your dining room table can't. Or mine couldn't anyway wink

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