The Tripp Trapp highchair has been around since 1972 when Peter Opsvik designed the chair after his son had outgrown his old-fashioned highchair, but was too small to sit at the dinner table comfortably.
“In 1972 the only sitting devices for children from the age of two onwards were special, low chairs, or ordinary chairs designed and intended for grown-ups. My objective was that one chair should seat persons of all sizes in a natural way at the same table. My hope was that this would make sitting at the table more enjoyable and make activities easier to perform there.”
Peter Opsvik, designer.
The Tripp Trapp highchair is meant to be convertible and grow with your child. I found this concept extremely appealing because I hate buying high priced items that will only be used for a short period of time and then put away -- only to collect dust and hopefully still be functional by the time you need them again.
The Tripp Trapp was easy to assemble (thanks to the hubs on this one - he was soooo excited to put it together) and isn't an eyesore like some highchairs can be. With so many color choices, you can choose the one that fits your style (and dining room). The chair is made of solid wood and the finish was very appealing and easy to clean - just a damp rag and everything wiped right off. Even after this mess!
|Please forgive the outfit, daddy dressed him that day.|
The Tripp Trapp by itself wouldn't have fit Thad just yet. However, the Baby Set makes it possible for him to the use the highchair until he grows into it. The chair also has a set a of safety straps so that your little one will stay strapped in. The straps are still accessible even after attaching the baby set. If you're like me and want to add a little bit of style, you can also attach one of the adorable cushions they have to offer. This too was super easy to clean, even after a round of carrots, crackers, and smashed bananas.
The best part about this highchair was the fact that it slid right up to the table and he was able to sit with us and eat. As I've mentioned before, I'm currently using a combination of baby lead weaning and baby food so I thought it was important for him to get comfortable and used to sitting at a table. Doesn't he look adorable sitting at the table like a big boy?
In July of 2010, the Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair was labeled the Best Convertible Highchair for Older Babies and Toddlers by Consumer Search. You can buy the Tripp Trapp at any of these online retailers. Prices start at $249.99 for the chair, $69.99 for the baby set, and $44.99 for the cushion; register your chair at Stokke.com and you will also get a 7 year Extended Warranty. You can also customize your Tripp Trapp to fit your style. And for those of you that would like a tray, there is one that is made to fit the Tripp Trapp -- however, it is not made by Stokke (but is often falsely marketed this way). While the Tripp Trapp is pricier than most highchairs, it is an extremely smart investment. The Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair is so well made that you will never need to buy another highchair or booster seat again! (Unless you're like me and love the Tripp Trapp so much you'll want to buy another one for your next kid!)
Disclaimer: This review is based on my personal experience and is my honest opinion. I was given the product(s) mentioned above to review at no cost. No other compensation was received. A special thanks to Stokke for allowing me to review the Tripp Trapp highchair.