Our Family Life And The Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair

Stokke Tripp Trapp

Family life is busy, right? If we’re not racing around on weekdays doing the school run, keeping on top of school admin (oh and homework!), work and squeezing in time to actually see each other, then we’re rushing around seeing friends and extended family  at the weekends. Most of the time, things run fairly smoothly for us – Mr P and I are pretty good at splitting things 50/50. He takes out the recycling and rubbish, I do the laundry. I cook dinner, he loads the dishwasher afterwards and does a tidy of the kitchen. We also try to alternate lie-ins at the weekend, with one of us getting up at 6.30am with the six-year-old (WHEN will she start sleeping later?) and the other being allowed to sleep until at least 8am (SUCH a luxury!)

Like most families, occasionally the wheels fall off – usually when one of us is ill and the other has to pick up the slack. Or when both of us are poorly and we end up having that “Who’s sicker than who?” game, with the winner being allowed to lie on the sofa under a blanket and the loser having to cook the six-year-old’s tea and do her homework with her.

But on the whole, things run well. Thankfully!

Something which fits into our busy lives perfectly, is our Stokke Tripp Trapp. ‘But isn’t that a baby high chair?’ I hear you ask. Well you’re right, but the genius thing about the Tripp Trapp is that it grows with your child, from the weaning baby days to toddlerhood and beyond. I still vividly remember having conversations with Mr P when our little one was approaching 6 months old, debating whether to splash out £169 on a Stokke Tripp Trapp or buy a  cheaper baby high chair. But when you consider that the intelligent design allows you to adjust both the depth and height of the seat and footplates, as your child grows and you’re buying a chair that will last your kid for their entire childhood, it doesn’t seem so pricey anymore.

To celebrate their 10,000,000th Tripp Trapp being produced since 1972 (isn’t that incredible?) Stokke have asked me to show how we use our Tripp Trapp chair in our everyday family life. Considering it’s the six-year-old’s favourite chair, it’s not hard to do…

Doing homework

We’ve got the white Tripp Trapp – chosen so that it matches our upcycled table and chairs (sshh don’t look but the chairs need another coat of chalk paint on them!). The Tripp Trapp comes in loads of colours – including a limited edition version in matte oak wood to celebrate their anniversary. Every evening after school, the six-year-old sits at the kitchen table and does her homework. Encouraged by me or Mr P of course…

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Family time

The kitchen table is definitely the centre of our home – we spend so much time sitting around it (I am even sitting there right now, typing on my laptop!) The Trip Trapp is at just the right height for our table, and the six-year-old loves playing card games like Snap, while she sits on it. I wish the chair stopped her from cheating! (Hey Stokke, want to introduce a version that gives kids mild electric shocks when they cheat at card games? Kidding!)

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Mealtimes

No surprise here, but the six-year-old sits on her Tripp Trapp for every meal – she doesn’t wear a pink crown every meal time, that was just a whim on this particular day! She loves having her own special chair, and I love that it has the foot rest for her and that she could choose a cushion design that she liked (she went for the cool black and white cushion).

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So whether you’re pregnant and researching baby gear, parent to a baby and considering a high chair purchase, or you have older kiddos, I wholeheartedly recommend the Stokke Tripp Trapp – fancy buying the 10,000,001st one?

This post has been commissioned by Stokke and as always, all views are my own, For info on how I work with brands, see my Work With Me page.

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11 Comments

  1. October 11, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    Oh my goodness! That’s so strange. We have this chair but it was given to us second hand and I didn’t know what it was called. We use it for my youngest to sit to the dinner table and we were discussing last night that we needed to buy two more – one for their homework desk and one for the eldest to sit to the table because she’s a nightmare on her booster seat. But I didn’t have a clue what it was called and didn’t get on very well with trying to describe it to google. So thank you so much for posting this, I can now buy some more!
    Nat.x
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  2. October 11, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    Oh I love the Tripp Trapp, such an iconic piece of parenting gear. I really like how it gives smaller kiddos a fully equally level seat at the table, I think it really makes them feel part of things. The cushion option is a nice touch too! Have fun losing all the card games! X

  3. Kelly
    October 11, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    I bought one second hand from a friend for my son when he started solids and haven’t looked back! Love it, and great to genuinely see it will last him many years to come. My LO is now 16 months, so many products claim to grow with your child, thanks for proving this one really does!

    Always enjoy your blog, thoughts and experiences! When you become a mother it’s really heartwarming to really feel strangers really do come together and have your back and feel the same on this daunting journey of motherhood!!

  4. October 11, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    Such a great chair – we don’t have a Tripp Trapp but I’ve eyed them up for years! I really love the design and all the different colours it comes in. And it’s great that it can be used so long past babyhood.
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  5. October 12, 2016 / 9:19 am

    I love Stokke! I always wanted a Trip Trap when Wilf was a baby and now wished I’d just gone for one so we could have used it with Mabli too but we ended up getting the standard IKEA one in the end. Their designs are so perfect aren’t they x
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  6. October 12, 2016 / 9:57 am

    It looks really nice and contemporary, matching the table and chairs well. Such a great design! xx

  7. October 12, 2016 / 9:57 am

    We absolutely love our Tripp Trapp. No, it’s not cheap but it is an amazing high chair, and for us it has been a brilliant investment, as it has lasted all three of our children. Our three were all born in just over four years, so it stayed in high chair mode and just went from one to the other. Now though, we’ve put it into chair mode for our youngest…. but all three of them want to sit on it! Before the Tripp Trapp, we were given a high chair by our neighbour. Brilliant, I thought, that will save us some money. But it was a nightmare, it was so hard to clean as it had loads of padding on it, and it was so bulky, you couldn’t get it anywhere near the table. We did baby led weaning and one of the points is to have your child seated at the table with you, and the Tripp Trapp is one of the few high chairs that does this, without a bulky tray in the way, or being at the wrong height. It is soooo easy to clean and after being used continually for six and a half years, ours is still in fantastic condition. Just realised how long this comment is… sorry… but we love our Tripp Trapp! xx
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  8. October 17, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    I bought one for our eldest and it is still being used by our middle child. We’ve used it more as a standard seat than in highchair mode, but I’d love to get another to use as a highchair for the baby so I can indulge in the urge to have everything ‘matching’. Wish I’d gone for a neutral shade way back when – hindsight!
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  9. sandra
    October 31, 2016 / 5:04 am

    Sadly, we had to return our chair. When we ordered it back in 2011, Stokke had just stopped producing the belt version and replaced it with a plastic baby safety frame. The legs of my chubby little 8 months old just would not be squeezed iito the tiny holes. We choose a German brand instead and bought an other one for oue second son. Still using them for the now 2 and 6 year old boys.

  10. November 10, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    I love the design of this chair, really wish I’d got one for my little guy, but will definitely recommend to my sister, many thanks x

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