The Stokke Tripp Trapp has been around for 40 years and is “the only child’s chair that can take you from baby to adult, keeping you secure and comfortable all the way“. Here are some of the key features of the Stokke Tripp Trapp and what we think of it…
Grows With Your Child- The Stokke Tripp Trapp fully adjusts to accommodate and adapt to your child as he or she grows. The Stokke Tripp Trap can be used from 6 months of age all the way to adult.
Proper Seat and Feet Placement- The adjustability of the seat bottom creates a comfortable environment for your growing child. The seat placement, combined with the footrest, make the Tripp Trapp an ergonomically correct chair as the footrest brings the floor to your child– eliminating dangling legs and feet. With the Tripp Trapp, your child will have a comfortable place to sit while enjoying his or her time spent at the family table.
Seat Bottom- The Seat bottom has a depth adjustment, which allows your child to not only sit at the ideal distance from the family table but also prevents stress and discomfort on the child’s legs. The seat bottom also adjusts height-wise to ensure your child is secure, comfortable, and at the proper height while at the table. The proper seat height is when your child’s elbows (while rested) are level with the tabletop. Unfortunately for us (thanks to a built-in frame under our table) our son’s elbows are almost where they should be. We’re not able to raise the seat because of the design of our table– if we did, his legs wouldn’t be able to fit under the table! Fortunately for him, he’s growing a mile a minute so he’ll be at the ideal placement soon enough. It’s also important to note that with the use of the Table Top (pictured below), it adds a little more height to the table– which doesn’t help our unique situation either.
Extend Glider- Because our table has that frame under it, my son can push off of the frame and slide the Tripp Trapp backwards away from the table (This is quite annoying for me but I’d rather him slide back than tip back). The Extend Glider increases the backward stability of the Tripp Trapp and prevents it from tipping backwards. Stokke recommends the use of the Extend Glider when the Tripp Trapp is being used with the Baby Set and/or the Harness.
Assembly and Adjustments- The initial assembly was very easy to do– I did it myself. When you first put together your Tripp Trapp, you need to completely assemble it then check it with your child’s height, and your table’s height, for the proper seat and footrest placement. The Tripp Trapp comes with a guide, (that can also be seen HERE) which shows the proper placement for your child.
To adjust the seat and footrest, you need to loosen the frame of the Tripp Trapp then slide the seat and footrest to the proper location (height and depth) for your child and your table. I highly suggest you keep the included allen wrench in a well-known place, as you will have to adjust both the seat bottom and the footrest as your child grows. Luckily, it’s not something that needs to be adjusted frequently– Stokke suggests checking your child’s placement in the Tripp Trapp at least once a year.
For more information about safety and how to adjust the seat and footrest, visit the Stokke website HERE.
The Harness- I love the Harness! My toddler can (and does) climb in and out of the seat himself and, with the help of mom or dad, he can buckle his safety harness as well– which makes him feel a greater sense of independence. The best part is that he cannot unbuckle the harness on his own and by the time he will be able to, he’ll be too old for the harness anyway. The wide seat combined with the secure yet flexible harness allows him to move safely in his seat– basically, he feels like he has the freedom to move but is still secured safely in a highchair. This sense of freedom makes for a more comfortable (and enjoyable) time at the table– for all of us. Think about it… anytime you strap your child down, they fight tooth and nail, right? In the Tripp Trapp my son can happily slide his bottom from side to side, twist slightly in his seat, even push up from his feet and off of the seat bottom just as any child would in a regular chair. Kids move by nature… and they move a lot.
Tripp Trapp Colors- I purposely selected my Tripp Trapp to match the color of our dining room table and chairs. As much as I wanted a grey, a red or a blue Tripp Trapp, I took into consideration that my child already notices that his older brothers sit in dining room chairs. The matching color not only looks like it belongs at our table (and makes mommy happy that it matches perfectly), it makes our toddler feel like he is sitting like a “big boy” with the rest of the family. The available colors for the Stokke Tripp Trapp can be seen HERE
Stokke Tripp Trapp Details
- The Tripp Trapp is suitable from approximately 6 months to adult and your child can start using the Stokke Tripp Trapp once he or she can sit unassisted (usually between 6-9 months).
- The Harness is for use from 6 months to approximately 36 months.
- For babies 6 months to 36 months you can add the Baby Set accessory, which provides a higher back and a safety “crotch strap” (or safety T-bar) to keep baby safe, seated properly and comfortable.
- Another accessory for the Tripp Trapp is the Cushion. The Cushion provides a soft and comfortable option for your baby when used with the Baby Set.
- One of my favorite accessories (to use with or without the Tripp Trapp) is the Table Top.
- NEW for Europe (and hopefully for the US soon)… Now you can use the Tripp Trapp from birth with the Newborn Set accessory!
- Height: 30.7 inches
- Depth: 19.3 inches
- Width: 18.1 inches
Care- per Stokke
Wipe with a clean damp cloth, wipe off excess of water with a dry cloth. Moisture will crack stain. We do not recommend the use of any detergent or micro fiber cloth. Colors may change if the high chair is exposed to the sun.
Long Story Short- you get what you pay for and in the case of the Stokke Tripp Trapp, you get a chair that lasts many, many years. The Stokke Tripp Trapp ranks right up there, with a select few highchairs, as one of the easiest to clean. It also looks good with pretty much any decor and with the additional accessories… you can use it from the time your child sits unassisted and customize it to fit your style.
Disclosure: Stokke provided us with a Tripp Trapp and Table Top but they did not pay us (or ask us) to write this review. All my words and opinions (unless noted) are my own.