My partner was less than pleased that I bought the Stokke Tripp Trapp for our about-to-be-weaned first born when there are some very good, inexpensive highchairs on the market (hello IKEA Antilop highchair). I sold something to afford the Stokke Tripp Trapp, at a time when that money could have been used elsewhere (When could it not?)
Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair review
Did buying the Stokke Tripp Trapp end up being the right decision? Read to the end to discover how I feel about the Stokke Tripp Trapp eight years later. (Yes, the baby below is now almost nine years old!)
Reasons I thought I needed a Stokke Tripp Trapp
The Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair looked mega easy to clean.
It’s tiny for a highchair, taking up the same amount of space as a normal chair, and the Stokke high chair can be tucked under the table when the baby set is not in use.
It can be used for much longer than a standard highchair. The Stokke Tripp Trapp adapts for an older child, a desk chair, and even works as an adult seat.
Superficial reasons why I wanted a Stokke Tripp Trapp:
The Tripp Trapp high chair comes in a good range of colours.
All my mum friends were getting a Stokke Tripp Trapp.
I envisioned all of my (future) children sitting at the table with their own Stokke Tripp Trapp high chairs in a funky array of colours that perfectly contrasted with our neutral dining room colour scheme. Y’know, because that’s important. And my rose-tinted vision totally fit with the reality that was our dining room at the time (see below):
Part of the reason it’s taken me so long to write my Stokke Tripp Trapp review is because it’s a bit of a sore subject with the other half to admit that a highchair that costs ten times less would have been just as good a purchase.
Perhaps a better purchase even, as for the first six months a highchair tray would have been really handy, and I couldn’t afford £50 (£50!) for the tray that fits the Stokke Tripp Trapp.
We have since bought the IKEA Antilop chair for my mum’s house, and I can confirm that this highchair takes up about the same amount of space as the Stokke Tripp Trapp, is just as easy to clean (you can even put the IKEA Antilop in the dishwasher!), has a tray table, and is a fraction of the price of the Stokke high chair. He sits well in the IKEA Antilop and he can’t slump down too far (Both issues I was worried about before we tried out the IKEA Antilop high chair).
Seriously, you do not need to look any further than the IKEA Antilop highchair unless you need a high chair that can be quickly folded away (which neither the IKEA Antilop or Stokke Tripp Trapp do).
It works out a little more expensive than buying it in person, but if you aren’t close to an IKEA, you can buy the IKEA Antilop high chair on Amazon. There are also various third party accessories for the IKEA Antilop high chair on Amazon, like these high chair cushions to help younger babies sit more securely in their high chair.
Plus points for the Stokke Tripp Trapp
The Stokke Tripp Trapp aids good posture better than any other highchair Arlo has tried in the past 12 months of eating in pubs, restaurants and at friends’ houses. Try as he might, there is no chance that he can slump in that chair. For that reason, I am so glad that it’s the chair he uses every day. (If you are desperate to try out the Stokke Tripp Trapp in an eating scenario, I believe that TGI Friday use Tripp Trapps high chairs as their restaurant high chairs.)
Now that we are into the toddler years, I can better see the potential longevity of the Stokke Tripp Trapp over typical highchairs that are redundant once the child reaches two or three years old. We have little space to store the various chairs a child might use during the first eight years of life, so I’m very glad that this one chair will serve as highchair, children’s dining chair, and desk chair.
If money was no object, I would go for the Stokke Tripp Trapp over the IKEA highchair, simply because the Stokke Tripp Trapp looks a bit smarter.
There is also a great market for second hand Stokke Tripp Trapps, as the high chair is so well made, the Tripp Trapp doesn’t really deteriorate over time. A second hand Stokke Tripp Trapp may show superficial signs of wear and tear, but will be just as sturdy and practical as buying new.
Final thoughts on the Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair
The Tripp Trapp high chair is not the best highchair for a young baby, unless you can afford all the add-ons, especially the tray. There are other high chairs at a cheaper price that don’t involve buying additional yet necessary add-ons.
The Stokke Tripp Trapp is great for the toddler years and beyond, and there’s no doubt that Arlo will be using it for many years to come.
Stokke Tripp Trapp review eight years later
My first baby is now almost nine years old! Reading back on this blog post, I wish I could have told myself back then not to beat myself up too much about buying what was one of the more expensive baby items we bought altogether. Money was very tight and we had to think carefully about every single purchase.
But, eight years on, three children later, and our Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair is still in use at our dining table. The same cannot be said of the IKEA Antilop, which was firmly retired once our children reached the age of two.
One of the best longterm uses of the Stokke Tripp Trapp for us has been as a standard chair for our younger children, once the baby seat has been taken off. The adjustable seat height of the Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair enables a two or three year old to sit at the dining table at a raised height. Whereas a standard dining chair is often too low for that age group.
Our children have all used the Stokke Tripp Trapp to sit at our dining table from the ages of two to four, once they were too big for a highchair, but too small to reach the table in a standard dining chair. Whilst a booster seat solves the same issue, they are fiddly and not as easy to clean, and cannot be used by an adult – our Stokke Tripp Trapp is frequently used by the adults of the family, too, making it a much more versatile option.
The Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair is expensive as an initial investment. But that high price decreases over time, as the Stokke high chair is used over the years. Although paint chipped and clearly well-loved over the years, our Stokke Tripp Trapp is as sturdy as ever and still has a lot of life in it. Once we no longer need our Tripp Trapp as a dining chair for young children (our youngest is just three years old), I can see Our Stokke high chair being given a new lease of life as a desk chair in one of our children’s bedrooms.
Stokke Tripp Trapp VS IKEA Antilop
To conclude my thoughts on which is better – The Stokke Tripp Trapp or IKEA Antilop? I would say that the IKEA Antilop is a great high chair that will serve you very well for the baby years. However, if you have the budget, and you like the idea of a high chair that grows with your child and will be used for many years to come, the Stokke Tripp Trapp is a great choice.