This instantly recognisable highchair is a favourite on Mumsnet, and we can see why; it's beautiful, flexible and lasts into adolescence
Originally designed in 1972, the Stokke Tripp Trapp was one of the first children's chairs designed to grow with your child and allow them to sit comfortably at the table with the rest of the family. It’s become somewhat of a design phenomenon in its own right and its popularity over the past 40 years cannot be denied. But that doesn’t mean the Tripp Trapp is without its faults.
We tested the Tripp Trapp in all three iterations; the infant seat, which is our Best Infant Seat 2017, the baby seat, and the base seat which can be used from two years. In the infant seat and base seat versions, it was a favourite with our testers, who loved the luxurious feel and long lifespan of the products. The baby seat also did the job well – while not particularly groundbreaking, it's money well spent if you're buying into the Tripp Trapp's long life. While the base chair is especially great, the infant seat attachment is a handy investment that means you can use the Tripp Trapp from birth.
The Tripp Trapp was originally designed as a chair for children from age two, and in testing, we found this to be its real strength. You can adjust the height of the seat and footrest separately by as little as a few centimetres at a time, meaning it’s a truly personalised and comfortable sitting position. The footrest acts as a floor, meaning babies, toddlers and children can naturally shift their weight and position. It also acts as a step up to the seat, giving head strong toddlers the feeling of independence and saving parents’ backs as they don’t have to lift a heavy three-year-old into the chair.
Better still, toddlers (and not-so-tall parents) can use the Tripp Trapp as a step ladder up to the kitchen side to help with cooking. The Tripp Trapp is incredibly stable and easily takes the weight of a grown man without so much as a creak.
But – and it’s a big but – the Tripp Trapp is a flat pack nightmare. It took us nearly an hour to put together in testing (cue lots of swearing). We could live with this for such a fabulous chair, apart from the fact you have to get the allen key back out and almost disassemble the entire chair every time you want to adjust the height. You really have to buy into this chair concept and love it to be willing to put up with this faff.
If you’ll use a baby seat a lot, and are willing to combine one with a highchair, the Stokke Tripp Trapp Newborn Attachment is a product that we believe is worth investing in.
It is most definitely a pricey option, but if you are already thinking of forking out the money for the highchair (£169 at the time of review) then the Newborn Attachment which costs an extra £75 is well worth considering as an addition.
Like the rest of the highchair, the infant seat has been ergonomically designed and is incredibly comfortable for babies. It enables you to lift your newborn to the height of your table, perfect for when you’re sitting around the table as a family. While there’s no bounce function, it performs well as an infant seat and adds an extra six months onto the lifespan of the Tripp Trapp chair.
Our little tester seemed very happy in the chair, and it’s very comfortable to feed baby at the table with the Tripp Trapp. But as with all the trayless chairs we tested, our parent testers felt they were constantly picking food off the floor as there’s no barrier to baby swiping something they don’t like straight off the table. If you’d like the flexibility of a tray (sold separately at £39), we found it very secure and durable, though not easily removed on a regular basis.
The baby seat is made from dishwasher proof plastic – an added bonus when it comes to messy weaning, though it detracts from the sleek, wooden design and the cushion isn’t easily removable, which is a bit of a pain as it will get messy.
Overall, as an infant highchair for weaning, there are more convenient models out there. But as a seat, the infant attachment is more or less perfect. If you’re planning on buying the Tripp Trapp once your little one is older, but are also looking for a seat in the newborn months, it could be worth combining the two.
Price: from £169
Suitable from three years to adults (or newborn or six months with the suitable accessory packs)
Seat depth: 26cm
Footprint: 49 (D) x 46 (W) cm
Tray: sold separately, £39
Average resale value: £90 in good condition, all the parts included with baby set and cushion; £71 in good condition all parts included but without baby set or seat cushion.
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