After having three kids and going through countless baby items, there are a few things that stand out for quality and longevity. Stokke’s Tripp Trapp chair is definitely one of those stand outs. Having a few key Tripp Trapp accessories makes this already awesome chair even more functional.
The Tripp Trapp isn’t your average chair. (You can find my complete Stokke Tripp Trapp review here).
If you’re not familiar with the Tripp Trapp, here’s a rundown:
For starters it’s really nice looking, which I appreciate after some of our early high chairs which were, how do I say this nicely, “less aesthetically pleasing.”
(Your child will, of course, still make a huge mess. But there’s no chair on Earth that can help you with that).
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The Tripp Trapp’s design fits with lots of different home styles (modern, farmhouse, etc.). It has the appearance of being “grown up” looking while still being very kid-friendly. After years of having “kid stuff” all over the house, it’s nice to feel like this chair can fit into the design of the room.
Looks aside, there’s a lot to like about the functionality of this chair. The Tripp Trapp grows with your child, and can be used (with an attachment) from infancy up through childhood. It can even be used by adults, although I can’t say I know any adults who use the Tripp Trapp as their personal chair!
We initially bought the Tripp Trapp as a chair for my second son when he was a toddler. He needed a chair he could sit at easily, without having to kneel on an adult sized chair to reach the table. The Tripp Trapp was perfect for him. When we had our third child, we ended up using that same chair for her as a high chair!
*I would actually still like to be using it with my now three-year-old son, but we only had it in the budget for one Tripp Trapp, not two. So I prioritized using it for the baby for now.
Tripp Trapp for Toddlers
I like the Tripp Trapp for the toddler age group for lots of reason. It offers great ergonomic support for toddlers, including a footrest for added balance and stability. (One of the reasons that young kids find it hard to sit down for meals is that it’s challenging for them to balance in chairs that aren’t well designed for their size. I like that this chair can give you an advantage in that department).
Plus, the design makes it possible for even young kids to eat dinner right up at the table with the rest of the family. This is something that we’re working toward doing more often, even though at this point (my kids are ages 7, 3, and 1) we still end up at the kitchen island a lot.
Check out these 20 easy, kid-friendly pantry meals if you need some inspiration at dinner!
If you want to see how the The Tripp Trapp works in action, you can check out this video by Stokke:
Tripp Trapp Sets
While there are individual accessories that work well with the Stokke Tripp Trapp, there are also “bundles” you can get. What bundle makes sense depends on the age of your child. Going with a bundle is a good option if you’re starting from scratch with a new chair.
*I own the Tripp Trapp Baby Set, which I’ll talk about in a minute. We never got the newborn set, only because I discovered the Tripp Trapp late in the game.
Tripp Trapp Newborn Set
The tiniest babies aren’t exactly going to be eating dinner with you. But the newborn set makes it possible for your infant to be right up at the table with the rest of the family, but in a cozy little nest.
The Newborn Set is adjustable to two different angles, and it can easily be removed from the chair when you’re done with it. Red-green indicators let you know that you have the seat mounted correctly. A toy hanger is a nice feature for your baby as well!
If I had known about this option earlier, and I had the money for it, I would have considered it. If you can’t afford the newborn set, no big deal. I think the biggest benefit comes from the baby set and for the use you get later, with toddlers and older kids.
Tripp Trapp Baby Set
This is the set we started with in my family. I’ve been really happy with the baby set. It cleans up easily, and it’s simple to get your child in and out. (Except when your toddler does that thing where they act like a metal rod you can’t bend. Or, alternatively, when they choose to go “wet noodle” on you).
The only challenge I had with the baby set was early on, when I was trying to adjust the straps. I had some difficulty getting them adjusted properly, which I think may have been user error. My sister had no issues with this! Once the straps are adjusted they basically stay in the same position. So, this hasn’t been any sort of ongoing issue.
You can also go for a set that comes with a tray and cushion included:
Or a set that comes just with the tray (no cushion).
Tripp Trapp Accessories
If you buy the chair without any of the attachments, you can always choose to add to it later.
Here are the Tripp Trapp accessories you may want to consider adding to your chair. Some are pretty much essential (the tray) and some are just nice to have.
We have this tray for our 20 month old (we’ve been using it since she was 10 months old). I really like the fact that it’s easy to clean up and has a simple, smooth design.
We often eat at our kitchen island (I want to start having more traditional dinners at the table. I know all about the importance of family meals! But with 3 young kids we’re just not there yet).
Anyway, since we’re at the island, I like that I can pull the Tripp Trapp alongside us and use the tray for my daughter.
Unless you always plan to eat with the baby right at the kitchen table, the tray is a necessity.
Stokke Table Top
The Table Top accessory is a great add-on if you do want your child at the kitchen table, but don’t want a mess directly on the table’s surface.
Tripp Trapp Cushion
As you can see from my little nephew Jack, even a comfortable cushion does not mean that your baby is about to try whatever puree you’re pitching their way.
Whether they’ll eat your food or not, I would recommend the cushion when you’re dealing with a young baby (with an older baby I don’t think it’s a big deal, but when your baby is small it really adds comfort and stability). The only negative, of course, is that the cushion gets dirty, and you can’t wipe it down easily like you can with just the chair alone.
Tripp Trapp Junior Cushion
The Junior Cushion is good for toddlers and older kids who are using the Tripp Trapp as their chair (vs. as a high chair). It provides extra comfort and style to your Tripp Trapp, and is compatible with all Tripp Trapp high chairs.
I plan to get one of these once we are done using our Tripp Trapp as a high chair. At that point we’ll convert it back to a dining chair for my toddler.
The storage caddy would be a useful add-on mainly if you don’t have space readily available for things like bibs, baby utensils, etc.
Another smart use of the storage caddy is to store art supplies if you’re using the chair for a preschooler. It conveniently keeps everything right on hand for your child.
This BPA-free placemat is built to fit perfectly onto the Stokke tray. What I like about the placemat is that you can thoroughly wash it after meals, which saves you a headache at cleanup time.
Stokke Munch Complete
The Stokke Munch Complete set is definitely not something you need. It might be something you want, if you’re looking for a high-quality and durable set that has everything you need for snack and meal-time.
P.S. Since we’re on the topic of meals, I wanted to share one of my favorite cookbooks for families with young kids. No hyperbole, but this is the cookbook that will save my family.
Ok fine, that was hyperbole. But it really is a great cookbook if you have young kids.
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