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Tripp Trapp gliding (not tipping) - seems dangerous!

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mariamenendez Fri 11-Feb-11 11:37:56

We have bought a Tripp Trapp for our 19-month-old who doesnt want to go in her Antilop any more (too babyish). However when we set it up today, she climbed straight on it, and when I turned round she was balancing on one foot on the footrest, hand on the table and the chair was sliding backwards away from the table, with her stretched across. She would have fallen if I hadnt caught her. I cant watch her every moment, and I dont really want to buy the babyset/harness at her age, as she sits nicely on normal chairs, but this seems too dangerous and attractive a climbing frame.
Have the gliders been added to stop it tipping backwards? The sliding away from the table action seems just as dangerous!
Should I return it or adapt some sort of harness for it?
any thoughts?
thanks

silverfrog Fri 11-Feb-11 11:43:29

your 19 month old has views on something as "too babyish"? seriously? hmm

tbh, I'd have stuck with the antilop, or buy a baby set. she is not safe ot be left with the tripp Trapp as it is.

alternatively, if she sits nicely on normal chairs, buy her a firm cushion or 2 to boost her up to the right height for the table.

<really can't believe that you let a baby decide what is "babyish", tbh>

mariamenendez Fri 11-Feb-11 12:05:54

obviously those aren't her words, but after a two week holiday of sitting on normal chairs (stacked up so she can reach) at the table, she kicks up quite a fuss at being put in her high chair. I can force her, and strap her in, but then she won't eat as she is too stressed out.
I could have written this all out in my first post, but was trying to be brief. Didn't realise it would elicit such a judgmental response.

MmeLindt Fri 11-Feb-11 12:07:52

Not quite sure what you mean by sliding.

I would put a harness on her if she is a climber.

MmeLindt Fri 11-Feb-11 12:09:00

Ah, re-read your OP. Are you not using the bar/table?

silverfrog Fri 11-Feb-11 12:10:44

I can see where you are coming from, but I still wouldn't (and didn't) let mine dictate thigns they didn't fully undrstand at that age.

both mine had phases where htey kicked up a fuss over the high chair/booster chair/whatever. that's life.

dd2 was so tiny she had to be in a booster/high chair until she was past 3, much to her disgust. but hse was not safe otherwise - leaning over, chair scooting away, as you described.

she didn't want ot be in a high chair, but she had to be, for her safety. so be it.

you asked for an opinion - I said I'd keep her inthe antilop, or get the harness.

failing that, boost her up on a normal chair (we did do this for dd2 when she was at her mst stressed over it all, but it didn't last long, as she was not steady ont he ridiculous amount of cushions she needed ot reach the table).

mariamenendez Fri 11-Feb-11 12:12:53

MmeLindt - The chair slides back very easily - I think they have put plastic gliders on the bottom to resolve the tipping issues, but it means the chair doesnt stay still.

We didn't get the babyset as we didn't think we would be using it for very long. I will try and adapt a harness or otherwise send it back.

She is probably too young for it, as she will try climbing on it even if we're not eating (she loves to climb) and it's just too dangerous.
Shame, as she loves it!

silverfrog Fri 11-Feb-11 12:15:55

could you use something like rug tape over the glider bits of the tripp trapp, to stop it sliding?

is it on a wood/tile/laminate floor, or a rug/carpet?

mariamenendez Fri 11-Feb-11 12:16:19

Silverfrog. I asked for advice on the Tripp Trapp, and to see if anyone had similar experiences. Thank you for your advice on the harness, but I don't need advice on discipline. I was being slightly facetious about the babyish comment, and obviously after this morning's experience I took the chair away and after dealing with the tears she ate in her Antilop.
Not that that's any of your business.

silverfrog Fri 11-Feb-11 12:21:06

hey, look.

you can cary on being narky about it if oyu wnt.

yes, I hmm at oyur too babyish comment.

I have also offered advice, and an opinion (which is, after all, what oyu asked for)

<wanders off to RL>

mariamenendez Fri 11-Feb-11 12:39:45

sorry, silverfrog, that came across as a bit harsh.

Actually, I am a scientologist, and just like suri cruise, my dd gets to dictate how she leads her life, and in fact has her own credit cards and purchases her own eating equipment.

only kidding!

yes, have thought about taking gliders off but then we have the tipping issue (parquet floor - ouch!)

i think she is too young, and needs to be strapped up still

mariamenendez Fri 11-Feb-11 12:41:04

just like you said !

MmeLindt Fri 11-Feb-11 12:49:04

They used to sell a bar for the Trip Trapp, the harness is new.

This was the old style which I think is probably better for older toddlers.

If she is a climber then you are going to have to strap her into the Antilop soon anyway. Or can she not get out of it?

mariamenendez Fri 11-Feb-11 13:17:07

Once she's in the Antilop she doesn't normally try and climb out (and mostly I clip her in).

Because the Tripp Trapp has a step, she can't resist climbing up on to it, like a stepladder - and a stepladder that skids around the place!

so my problem would be not necessarily when she was eating, because I could then strap her in, it would be just as a piece of furniture, that she would try and climb on when my back was turned.

Otherwise maybe we should bolt it in place?

MmeLindt Sat 12-Feb-11 09:54:26

Lol. Once you start bolting furniture in place, there is no going back.

I don't know. It may just be a novelty to begin with and she will stip climbing.

We have felt strips stuck on the bottom of ours so that it doesn't scratch the wooden flooring. I thing that acts as a brake. It will slip if Dc push it out but not too suddenly.

CarGirl Sat 12-Feb-11 09:57:55

I was going to add once the plastic gliders get dirty don't bother cleaning them and they will act like a brake grin

Fresh01 Wed 15-Jun-11 22:09:56

We have two Tripp Trapp chairs. One with baby set and harness for DS who is 17 months and one as a chair for DD2 who is 3.5 years old. DS has taken to climbing up DD2's chair (his is too hard with the angles due to the babyset being on it) and it moves as you describes. Some days he is more interested on it than others, on those days I just lift the chair and sit it on the table between meals as with 3 kids aged 5 and under I can't be beside him every moment.

Before I got a proper Stokke harness for the Tripp Trapp I had the Mothercare harness set (comes with reins which we removed) and used that to hold DD2 in place at one stage.

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