Ask most mums online what high chair they’d recommend, and you’ll probably be told about Ikea’s Antilop high chair, which costs an incredible £13. We have one, and it’s great, but this post isn’t about that. Instead, it’s about the Stokke Tripp Trapp. Which comes in at considerably more dosh…
However! Here’s why we think it’s worth it. For a start, it’s a Scandinavian design, which means that it looks just lovely. In any setting. It comes in a fab range of colours – we’re boring and have it in white, but I also love the lime green and the red ones. It’s been around since 1972, and there’s a reason it’s lasted so long.
Best of all, it can be used from teeny tiny baby until adult – yes really! In that sense, it’s not just a high chair at all. The clever design is an ergonomic masterpiece, easy to adjust (both the height and the depth of the seat can be adjusted, along with the footrest) and making it comfortable for kids to sit up to the table whatever their age. And that’s the key to this product – it’s designed to help you all eat together as a family, at the table, rather than having your kidlet shoved in the corner of the kitchen, eating from a plastic high chair tray. I think it was this that appealed to me the most.
We bought Daph a Tripp Trapp when she was about eight months old, and we’ve used it every day for every meal ever since. It’s been a firm hit. I feel safe leaving her in it for a few seconds while I go to grab something – it’s beautifully weighted and there’s no danger of her falling out. It’s easy to keep clean (just a simple wipe down), slides neatly under the table, and I just know that she’ll be using it until she’s big enough to sit on a grown up chair.
There’s a baby set available too, so it can be used from birth – in fact, there are lots of add ons (including soft cushions if you’re the sort of parent who doesn’t mind doing a lot of laundry), and even a tray if you don’t want to have your little one eating at the table. The only downside isn’t a big one – it does stick out a little, thanks to the safety sliding mechanism of its base, so if you’re really restricted for space you might find it annoying. But other than that, I think it’s pretty damn perfect.