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…
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…
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!)
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).
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?
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