Best multi purpose high chairs: Singapore parents review the Stokke Tripp Trapp

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Equipment and furniture for kids that’s useful from the newborn stage right through to the teen years is a rare find. We asked three families to put the convertible Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair everyone’s talking about to the test…

You know all that stuff people tell you is a ‘must-have’ for life with kids? And how most of it ends up being donated, sold, or shoved into storage, never to be seen again? Well, we hate to add to the noise, but with this one, we simply must. We’ve been getting to know the multi-purpose Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair, which is designed to bring little people (both young and not-so-young) into the heart of the action at the family dining table. We asked three families with kids aged from four months through to eight years – and even a sneaky teenager – to tell us how life has changed with this Scandi gem. And if you can’t get enough of the Stokke genius, check out our recent review of the Xplory stroller

 

Four-month-old Zygi and his mum love catching up on old times together at the dining table!
One of the many benefits of the Stokke Tripp Trapp is its ability to bring newborns up to eye level with their parents at the table.
The Tripp Trapp also brings some welcome relief from the play mat!


THE NEWBORN: Four-month-old Zygi and his mum, Ilona

Has the Stokke Tripp Trapp made your life easier?
We love our Stokke Tripp Trapp and Newborn Set! At four months old, Zygi still doesn’t have great neck control and the angle of the insert is perfect. He’s comfortably reclined but upright enough for us to discuss itsy-bitsy spider at great length whilst making silly faces at each other. Many mums with newborns don’t even think about putting their baby in a highchair until they are eating solids and sitting up on their own – but dining tables aren’t just for eating – we spend time there on our laptops, doing work, reading, and having conversations. With an infant, you spend a lot of time on a play mat, so the chair gives us a welcome break and brings Zygi into the action in a way other chairs do not.

Tell us about your experiences using the Stokke Tripp Trapp…
Being an IKEA allen key survivor, the Stokke Tripp Trapp flat pack box sent alarm bells, however it was super easy and quick to assemble. We don’t need to store it away as it’s beautiful enough to be part of our table set-up. The cover of the infant insert is removable and really easy to clean, and there are no difficult-to-clean nooks and crannies on the chair itself. It’s been a pleasure and easy to use.

What does Zygi think of the Stokke Tripp Trapp? Is he comfortable and happy?
He took ages to adjust to baby carriers, so I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly he took to the chair. He loves being at the table with us – this is hard to do with an infant, so the Tripp Trapp makes this easy.

Do you think you’ll keep using the Stokke Tripp Trapp through the years as your child grows?
Yes. I chose the Grey Haze colour as his room will be mostly grey tones – it’s an elegant neutral colour. The adjustable seat and footrest make it such a worthwhile investment, and its modern design is timeless. The infant stage is so short, so I love that the Tripp Trapp can grow with him and be part of his childhood history.


Stokke Tripp Trapp  HoneyKids Asia Edie and Lindene
Edie loves having her meals at the dining table with mum.
Edie seems rather chuffed with life in her Tripp Trapp!
Stokke Tripp Trapp review HoneyKids Asia Lindene and Edie
The Stokke Tripp Trapp brings little ones to eye level with the rest of the family.


THE TODDLER: 15-month-old Edie and her mum, Lindene

Has the Stokke Tripp Trapp made your life easier?
Definitely, although I’d also say that it’s made family life lovelier. Now that Edie can join us at the dining table it’s become more of a hub for the family. We start the day together over breakfast, chat, play games, and catch the flying banana chunks when we can.

Tell us about your experiences using the Stokke Tripp Trapp. Was it easy to set up? Is it easy to clean and store?
Easy peasy. Its ergonomic design also means it’s simple to adjust as the child grows (or you realise you’ve underestimated her leg length). Cleaning is just a matter of wiping it down and getting on with life. It now lives permanently at the dining table as it fits nicely with the rest of our decor.

What does Edie think of the Stokke Tripp Trapp? Is she comfortable and happy?
She’s having a ball! She used to sit in a highchair away from the dining table, simply because it didn’t fit. Now, with the Baby Set attachment she’s chuffed at the idea of spending her meal times at the table with us. She’ll often start laughing with great gusto for no apparent reason, so that seems a pretty solid endorsement.

Do you think you’ll keep using the Stokke Tripp Trapp through the years as your child grows?
No question. I’m looking forward to the stage where Edie has the patience to sit at the table to draw and do activities with me. In the meantime we’ll continue bonding over food missiles and belly laughs. And possibly go shopping for Tripp Trapp number two for baby number two!

 

Stokke Tripp Trapp review HoneyKids Asia Angelica and Tracy
Eight-year-old Angelica with her mum, Angelica. The Tripp Trapp can be used anywhere in the home as it's super easy to move around.
Stokke Tripp Trapp review HoneyKids Asia
Reading at the table has become more comfortable with the Tripp Trapp.
Stokke Tripp Trapp review HoneyKids Asia
Angelica loves how the Tripp Trapp is the perfect size for her to sit comfortably at her desk or the dining table.


THE KID: Eight-year-old Angelica and her mum, Tracy (and just quietly, four-year-old Rafferty loves the Tripp Trapp too!)

What do you think of the quality of the Tripp Trapp?
It’s rock solid (previous high chairs we have used often felt like they would tip over if my child moved too much) and I also love the fact that it fits in so much better with my furniture than the plastic monstrosities we have had before!

Has the Stokke Tripp Trapp made your life easier?
It is great to see my child’s face at the dinner table now: prior to the Tripp Trapp she was too small for our dining chair, but too big for a traditional high chair. This is the absolute perfect height and design for her to sit comfortably and ergonomically with us at meal times, and also for her to use the dining table to study, too.

There are very few ‘must-haves’ for the kids that I have bought and loved over the 14 years I have spent doing this parenting thing. I have an endless list of items I bought because they were popular or a friend had one, only to find that they were really not that useful after all. And then I have the things that really have made life so much easier… The Tripp Trapp is one of them! I only wish I had bought one years ago.

What does Angelica think of the Stokke Tripp Trapp? Is she comfortable and happy?
Angelica loves her new chair! She is a total pink princess so the colour got a huge thumbs up, plus she loves that it doesn’t look like a ‘baby chair’ and that she can now sit at the dining table properly. She and her younger brother do fight over it though. They both love it!

Has it had an impact on how she interacts and participates during meal times?
Definitely. Meal times at the dining table were a bit awkward for Angelica previously as she would have to sit up on her knees on the chair to be able to have a meal or study there. The design of the chair is spot on for older kids who don’t want to be seen in a high chair. I love that it is a piece of furniture rather than ‘baby equipment’. It will last us for years, and I’ve even found the teenager secretly sitting on it on more than one occasion because it’s so comfy to use! (Don’t tell him I told you that).

Do you think you’ll keep using the Stokke Tripp Trapp through the years as your child grows?
100% yes. We will keep it at the dining table for years as my smaller two won’t outgrow it for some time to come. And even if they don’t want to use it at the dining table down the line, Angelica would happily have the Tripp Trapp in her bedroom.

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