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To ask if toddler dining chairs are pointless?

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MarianneVos · 05/10/2022 09:46

My DCs are too big for highchairs but too small for normal chairs. We have booster seats but they're still a little low.

I've seen that you can get toddler seats like this:

But the seat height is 52cm. Normal adult chairs are 46-50cm high so AIBU to think these are just a pointless gimmick if they only add 2cm?

Or have people found them really useful? If so, to what age?

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Mummyme87 · 05/10/2022 10:28

We have one, used for both my boys and sits upstairs in their room now. Would recommend yes. Definitely not a gimmick

FlounderingFruitcake · 05/10/2022 10:28

I know everyone on here raves about the tripp trapp and has their pre teens still using them
for homework but not my experience at all. Both of mine rebelled at around 18 months, and have used normal dining chairs since, they kneel to reach and are more than happy to do so!

DreamingofItaly2023 · 05/10/2022 10:29

We must have low adult dining chairs as the difference with DS’ chair (the one you linked) is significant. DS is much more comfortable in his chair.

Snoopysimaginaryfriend · 05/10/2022 10:32

We have something like the trip trap one where you can adjust the seat and foothold height. My five and six year old still use them for dinner, for activities at the table etc. They still have years of use left in them

womaninatightspot · 05/10/2022 10:34

We have ikea kids chairs not those though the green plastic ones they use in the cafe. My twins are still using them despite being 7 and having a choice

Beginningless · 05/10/2022 10:36

We’ve had an urban since DD6 was 2, she used it til 4/5 and now DD4 is still in it. She can now use normal chairs but not as comfortable.

SoupDragon · 05/10/2022 10:36

Normal adult chairs are 46-50cm high

the random selection of hard seated IKEA chairs I looked at were all 45cm high.

Nordstrom · 05/10/2022 10:36

We have those and my dc (9 and 6) still sit on them! Though they are looking a bit worse for wear now!

TinyTear · 05/10/2022 10:53

i'd look for a tripp trapp or equivalent... ours are still going strong for a 10 yo and we have had them since she was 3

SheWoreYellow · 05/10/2022 10:57

Our dining chairs have a seat of 45cm - normal I think? So quite a difference.

We used the ikea ones very happily for years. They have a footrest which is used too. It’s not just the seat height.

DinosaurPyjamas · 05/10/2022 10:59

We bought a 2nd hand trip trap for the same price (£50). It's adjustable so hopefully it should last a while.

CrochetIsCool · 05/10/2022 11:03

Picked our Ikea ones up second hand and they have been well used, initially with straps, then just as as higher seat, up to about 5/6 years.

whiteonesugar · 05/10/2022 11:03

Yep we have the ikea urban and it's lasted 2 DCs and I like perching on it too!

wherearemyspecs · 05/10/2022 11:07

We have the white plastic IKEA ones. Been using them since they came out of highchairs and at 5 still using them. They're still not tall enough for a normal chair. Well worth the investment to us

fyn · 05/10/2022 11:20

We have a Tripp trap which is excellent for our two year old. They key to the toddler chair is that there is a foot rest at the correct height which there definitely isn’t on our dining chairs.

Its important for young children to have a footrest as it helps with their positioning and stability whilst eating. There is an increased risk of choking if young children don’t have a footrest as a result.

worriedniece · 05/10/2022 12:08

I like sitting in ours!! 7 year old doesn't use anymore but did from about 3-6

MarianneVos · 05/10/2022 18:56

Piglet89 · 05/10/2022 10:09

Chicco Pocket Snack Booster Seat - Green

we still use this all the time (without the white tray). Depends on height of your chairs and table whether you need one, surely?

These are the boosters we have. They're still a little low from the table as we can't use with the legs up as it's too unstable. I also find that loads of bits of food collect around the edges but maybe mine are just very messy eaters!

Sounds like the chairs are worth getting. Just need to decide between agam, ingolf and urban now!

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saltinesandcoffeecups · 05/10/2022 20:01

I had something like this growing up… the step stool came in handy for everyone not just toddlers.

Step stool chair

Squidlydoo · 05/10/2022 20:02

TrippTrapps have lasted 7 years with my daughter

Madamecastafiore · 05/10/2022 20:04

DSis 18 and still insists on sitting on his Tripp trapp. They've lasted the longest of anything we bought for any of the kids. You can often pick them up on eBay.

user1471447863 · 05/10/2022 20:20

Have the IKEA Urban and my 8yr old is still using it and likely to for another couple of years. Being plastic and no nooks and crannies it is very cleanable.

Meatshake · 05/10/2022 20:24

They're bloody brilliant imo, so much easier for kids to sit on. Ours got used loads with my daughter then passed down to my son. He uses it to sit and help me in the kitchen.


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FourChimneys · 05/10/2022 20:49

Tripp trapps are brilliant. Ours used them for years until we eventually sold them on. Friends of ours had them for their two DC but liked them so much in adult mode that they bought four more and now have all six as dining chairs. The DC are now late twenties.

swg1 · 05/10/2022 21:12

I've been known to use the long outgrown tripp trapp as a stepladder 😂😅 It's incredibly stable for such things.

anniewaitsevenlonger · 05/10/2022 21:21

We had the one you linked and it's great. But I got it second hand. They are great for that window when too old for high chair but can't reach properly. Which is short so I recommend looking on marketplace etc as will get nearly new.

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