The Stokke Tripp Trapp is a highly adjustable and ergonomic seat that grows with children from infancy until adulthood. The Tripp Trapp's unusual design omits the attached high chair tray and brings the baby straight to the table for family dining. It's more expensive than most chairs, but its sleek modern look and all-wood construction appeal to those who want to avoid having a cumbersome, plastic high chair in their dining space.
The Tripp Trapp is built to support children at all heights and weights with fully adjustable seat height and depth, as well as adjustable footrest height. A five-point harness, included with the chair, attaches to the back support to secure children from 6 to 36 months of age. Optional adaptor kits are also available for younger children. The Stokke Tripp Trapp Baby Set (*Est. $70) provides babies who are able to sit up unaided (6 to 9 months old) with a high back and a solid plastic yoke between the legs and across the midline. This system is intended for support, not security, and it must be used with the five-point safety harness. For babies from 0 to 6 months, Stokke has developed a Newborn Set (*Est. $70), an upholstered cradle with a five-point harness that enables the baby to recline.
Most parents and reviewers say the Stokke Tripp Trapp's Z-shape is stable. To further guard against the possibility of the chair tipping over backward, Stokke sells extended gliders (*Est. $16) that attach to the chair's feet.
Most parents and reviewers praise the Stokke Tripp Trapp chair's ease of use. Made of solid wood, the Tripp Trapp can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. However, parents and reviewers do note that painted models may chip, while the unfinished wood models may absorb moisture and/or stains.
Unlike traditional high chairs, the Stokke Tripp Trapp does not have a tray. Instead, the Stokke is designed to be pulled right up to the table, as you would any other chair. However, parents and reviewers note that without a tray to contain messes, food will spread. Stokke does sell an attachable tray (*Est. $50), however. Stokke also sells a Table Top (*Est. $70) that attaches directly to the table with suction cups, preventing damage to the table from food and spills. Both are dishwasher-safe.
Reviewers and parents praise the Tripp Trapp's ladder-like design, which enables even small toddlers to climb in and out of the seat on their own. Users say this encourages self-reliance in children. However, parents also say that use of the Baby Set can be a challenge, and that while the Baby Set is marketed for use up to 36 months, it becomes a tight fit fairly quickly.
The Stokke Tripp Trapp chair makes it possible for children to become part of the family meal from the newborn stage and onward. It also provides extra seating for an older child or adult. It has a modern look that does not imply baby furniture, with a choice of colors.
However, that product longevity comes at a cost. The Stokke Tripp Trapp costs $250 -- without any of the optional kits that make it truly an all-ages chair. However, despite this higher price tag, parents and reviewers tend to agree that the Tripp Trapp's longevity and utility make it well worth the investment.
The Stokke Tripp Trapp chair carries a seven year warranty on all wooden components
The Stokke Tripp Trapp is one of the most expensive high chairs available, but users and reviewers agree that it is also one of the best, making this our top pick in wooden high chairs. The Tripp Trapp is one of the few high chairs that brings the smallest infants up to the table to enjoy meal time with their families, and its adjustability makes it a comfortable for young or old. It's expensive compared to other high chairs, but it likely will last forever.
Our Sources: Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair Reviews
1. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains" is a popular and well-organized guide to baby products. The section on high chairs mainly covers brands rather than individual models, but the Stokke Tripp Trapp receives a detailed review.
Review: High Chairs, Denise and Alan Fields, Version 9.1, 2012
Hollie Schultz gives a detailed review of the Stokke Tripp Trapp, noting that it promotes independence in children and fits in well with modern decors. She also likes that it grows with the child, but she says she'd like to have an included tray. The Tripp Trapp also makes her Top 5 high chair list.
Review: Stokke Tripp Trapp Review, Hollie Schultz, Oct. 9, 2007
The Stokke Tripp Trapp is chosen as Long Lasting in this roundup of the top eight high chairs. There is also a reader's choice. Editors say that the Stokke Tripp Trapp is a splurge, but they like that this is a purchase that will probably last for a lifetime. They do note that it's time-consuming to assemble.
Review: Babble Best High Chairs, 2011, Editors of Babble.com, 2011
The reviewer says the Stokke Tripp Trapp is her favorite of the high chairs reviewed. She says she appreciates the fact that the Tripp Trapp enables even small (6 months or older) babies to be pulled right up to the table and adjusts into an adult chair.
Review: Best High Chairs for Small Spaces, Editors, Not Dated
The Stokke Tripp Trapp is one of a dozen high chairs evaluated by Susan Adcox, About.com's Grandparents Guide Adcox provides an overview of high chairs as a guide to grandparents who may want to keep a high chair in their home for when their grandchildren visit. The review is not comparative, and there is no mention of testing. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: High Chairs and Other Baby Chairs for Grandparents' Houses, Susan Adcox, Not Dated
6. Pregnancy & Newborn
This favorable review states that while the Tripp Trapp is an investment, its longevity makes it worth the price. The descriptive review also describes the functionality and necessity of additional Tripp Trapp components, like the baby set and tray.
Review: Best Baby High Chair Reviews, By "Andrea", Nov. 30, 2010
Baby-planning consultants Melissa Gould and Ellie Miller name their top choices in a number of baby-product categories on Tibesti.com. The Stokke Tripp Trapp is included in a best-of selection in their roundup. Most of the high chairs in their top picks list retail for $200 or more, even in the best-value category.
Review: Best Baby High Chairs By Melissa and Ellie, Melissa Gould and Ellie Miller, Not Dated
BobbysBest.com reviews a number of family and baby products, but the Tripp Trapp is the only high chair that they review and that receives a Recommended rating. Editors praise the seat's ability to transition from childhood to adult seating. They also like the fact that the design empowers toddlers, letting them climb into and out of the seat on their own.
Review: Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair, Editors of BobbysBest.com, Not Dated
The Tripp Trapp receives an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from more than 160 customers. Pros include the seat's versatility, durability and adjustability. Cons include the higher price tag and a seat better suited to older babies and children.
Review: Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Sept. 2012
The Tripp Trap receives a score of 93 out of 100 based on about 30 consumer reviews. Parents all appreciate the fact that the Tripp Trapp brings small children to the table. They comments about the Tripp Trapp good fit for children of different ages and stages, and the Tripp Trapp's modern, stylish looks and quality construction.
Review: High Chairs, Contributors to Viewpoints, As of Sept. 2012