The Stokke Tripp Trapp is a highly adjustable and ergonomic seat that grows with children from infancy to adulthood. The Tripp Trapp's unusual design brings your baby straight to the table for family dining but should only be used when a child can sit up well on his or her own, at about 6 to 9 months. The basic chair comes with a five-point restraint system that is removable. Optional accessories can make it a more traditional high chair-type seat.
Some safety components sold separately. The Stokke Tripp Trapp is built to support children from the time they can sit up unaided -- about 6 to 9 months -- until adulthood with a fully adjustable seat height and depth, as well as an adjustable footrest height. The included five-point harness attaches to the back to secure babies and can be removed for older children. The Stokke Tripp Trapp Baby Set (Est. $70) provides extra security for babies with a high back, a solid plastic yoke between the legs and across the midline, and extended gliders.
Easy to clean and use. Reviewers praise the Stokke Tripp Trapp chair's ease of use. Made of solid wood, the Tripp Trapp wipes clean with a damp cloth and its height adjustments are simple. It does not have a tray; instead, it's designed to be pulled up to the table like any other chair. Without a tray, however, inevitable messes end up on the table and floor. This can be remedied with the purchase of the Stokke Tray (Est. $50), which turns the Tripp Trapp into a traditional high chair, or the Table Top (Est. $90) to protect the table.
Lasts a lifetime. The Stokke Tripp Trapp's extreme adjustability makes it possible for children to become part of the family meal from a very young age. It also provides extra seating for an older child or adult. However, unlike the trend in American high chairs, the Stokke does not accommodate newborns, isn't designed to roll around and isn't for napping. Parents like its modern look that does not imply baby furniture and the wide choice of colors. Despite its relatively high price tag, parents and reviewers agree that the Tripp Trapp's longevity and utility make it well worth the investment.
Our Sources: Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair Reviews
1. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains" is a popular and well-organized guide to baby-related products. Authors Denise and Alan Fields conduct hands-on testing as well as parent, manufacturer and retailer interviews. The section on high chairs has detailed reviews of a number of high chairs, including the Stokke Tripp Trapp, as well as ratings and rankings.
Review: Chapter 6: Feeding Baby: Breastfeeding, Bottles, High Chairs, Denise and Alan Fields, 2013, 10th edition
The Stokke Tripp Trapp is one of this site's five best high chairs as chosen by moms. Editors like its practicality and versatility. They add that it's a great choice to promote independence, but say it's pricey and may be prone to tipping.
Review: The Best Highchairs, Editors of BabyCenter.com, Not dated
Baby products blogger Kate Bayless rounds up the top 19 high chairs, including the Stokke Tripp Trapp, which she names "smallest footprint." Bayless likes its wooden finish and color options, but wishes it weren't so expensive. A parent tester thinks she would regret the purchase over time because the chair lacks a tray.
Review: We Love, You Need: The Best High Chairs of 2013. Which One Should You Buy?, Kate Bayless, Feb. 25, 2013
The Stokke Tripp Trapp is the only baby chair reviewed at BabyGearLab.com and is recommended as one of the site's "favorite baby essentials for 2013." Although Juliet Spurrier gives it 4 stars out of 5, the rating does not seem to be based on testing like BabyGearLab.com's other product recommendations.
Review: Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair Review, Juliet Spurrier, MD, Jan. 11, 2013
The Tripp Trapp gets an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from more than 280 customers. Pros include the seat's versatility, durability and adjustability. Cons include the higher price tag and a seat that's better suited to older babies and children.
Review: Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014
The Stokke Tripp Trapp is one of a dozen high chairs evaluated by About.com's Susan Adcox. She provides an overview of high chairs as a guide to grandparents who may want to keep a high chair in their homes for when their grandchildren visit. The review is not comparative, and there is no mention of testing.
Review: Baby Chairs for Grandparents' Houses, Susan Adcox, Not dated