12 May 2015

How to choose the best Stokke Tripp Trapp accessories for your family

This review will focus on the Stokke Tripp Trapp feeding chair accessories - Newborn Set, Tripp Trapp Cushion, Tripp Trapp Baby Set, Stokke Table Top and Stokke Harness. If you are thinking of buying any of the accessories for Stokke Tripp Trapp read my thoughts about these products to help you consider what your family might need and how much use you will get out of them.

We love our whitewash Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair. In fact, we loved it so much we bought every single accessory for it. Being clueless first-time parents we had no idea what we would actually need and what accessories for the Tripp Trapp would be the best, so we just got them all. Our baby is now nearly two, so I wanted to share my thoughts about all these Stokke Tripp Trapp accessories and review them so it might help other parents.

If you already have the Tripp Trapp chair, you probably know the key idea behind the concept. You can use the chair from a baby (with the right accessories) to an adult. Tripp Trapp and the accessories are designed to ensure your child can sit right up the dinner table, learning and sharing, practically from birth.

If you are looking to buy these items please do check the links below - the links within the body text are set to UK shops, but should you be in US, you can find the items online from these links below.


Best places to buy these items:

If you are in US:  Stokke Tripp Trapp highchairNewborn SetTripp Trapp CushionTripp Trapp Baby SetStokke Table Top, PlayTray (by 4MyKid)Tray (by Stokke)  and Stokke Harness.

If you are in UKStokke Tripp Trapp highchairNewborn SetTripp Trapp CushionTripp Trapp Baby SetStokke Table TopPlayTray(by 4MyKid), Tray (by Stokke)  and Stokke Harness.


stokke tripp trapp newborn set attachment


Tripp Trapp Newborn Set

The idea with this product is that your baby can sit up at the table with you from birth, and be part of the dinner table conversation. I can also imagine the Newborn Set would be useful in families with older siblings, as parents can use it to keep the baby out of the floor and out of the reach of their (ever so helpful) toddler siblings. 

My little one hated the Newborn Set at first and cried every time we put her in it, but after some perseverance she learned to love it. Growing a little bit also helped her to sit more comfortably in the Set.

She often preferred to be in Tripp Trapp rather than on the floor, as she was better able to see us if we were walking around doing housework. We also used the Newborn Set when we first started weaning her. It was much easier for our backs to have her up at the table level with us, rather than on a babysitter on the floor, or in our arms (mind you, best time to start weaning is when a baby can sit upright themselves).

The Newborn Set includes a removable mobile attachment clamp where you can hang a toy from. We found it was useful to encourage our little one to move her arms and she used to "box" with the toy we hanged from it.

There are some unavoidable "poopcidents", and it is a bit of a hassle to have to remove the cover and put it back on. It washes fine though, dries quickly, and we never had problems with staining. We never got the Newborn Textile Set, which is essentially just a second cover with a different pattern, as we didn't find the need for it. 

Did I think Newborn Set was worth the purchase? Yes and no. We really liked this product, but you don't use this for a long time (six months / 9kg maximum).


stokke tripp trapp newborn set attachment

Tripp Trapp Cushion

We got two of these Tripp Trapp Cushions - they go with the Tripp Trapp Baby Set and can be used later just with the chair. I liked the look of them, and they are nice in terms of customising the look of the chair. They wash easily, and stood up to some serious staining excellently. We've had carrot puree, and all sorts of other horribly staining materials being spilled on them and we've managed to get rid of the stains fine without much bother.

We got these cushions originally to provide our baby some comfort. That said, there is a lot of cushioning going on down there in baby pants... Feeding a baby is messy business, and annoyingly we had to keep on taking the cushions off all the time to wash them. So eventually we just stopped using them as it is much quicker just to wipe the plastic Baby Set. There are wipe-clean cushions available from other sellers - we haven't tried these but the reviews are good!

Did I think Tripp Trapp Cushions were worth the purchase? Well, I liked the look of them and thought they were excellent quality, but we used them very little. We might use them in the future I suppose, when we graduate from the messy eating stage.


stokke tripp trapp high chair table top cushion



Tripp Trapp Baby Set

If you want to use Tripp Trapp as a highchair for a baby or a toddler you have to get the Baby Set

You can get them in different colours to match the chair. We have the white Baby Set, and it is very easy to clean. You just wipe it, and that's it! It has retained it's whiteness well, and even with some serious and prolonged carrot action, it has scrubbed up well. So I would say the colour is not an issue, just choose whichever you like the best.

Did I think the Baby Set was worth the purchase? Yes, you can't really use the Tripp Trapp as a highchair without this set. Good-quality and solid product.

Stokke Table Top

The idea behind the Table Top is that you can use it to protect the table when your baby sits up at the table with you, eating as they do, very messily. It can also be used as a protector when your little ones are older, and perhaps doing crafts or painting.

I really liked that this product came with two double-sided templates (4 pictures) to use with the Table Top - we've been teaching our daughter letters and numbers using them. There are also colourful pictures to entertain them. The sides of the Table Top are raised, so if liquid is spilled it stays on the tray and it is easier to mop. The Table Top is really easy to wipe clean although I wish I could just bang it in the dishwasher (the instructions say no to dishwasher, apparently it is not resistant to heat).

It is sturdy. It has stood the test of much banging and fork scraping and looks still fine (scratched, but OK). The suction cups are pretty good, however, if one of them breaks, the Table Top will move very easily. This happened to us, and after emailing Stokke customer service I got replacement suction cups free - great service!

You can also get a tray that attaches to the chair rather than the table. There are two options - PlayTray that was the original version, and Stokke provides their own version now too. We haven't tried them, but if you want to have your baby eat in her seat away from the dining table, then these are handy. 

Did I think the Table Top was worth the purchase? Well, we do use it all the time, but we probably could have done without one too. It has been useful with crafting activities too as our child has got older.


stokke tripp trapp high chair table top

Stokke Harness

Stokke Harness is the second most important accessory for the Tripp Trapp in my opinion (the first being the Baby Set). It will stop your super-fast monkey from climbing out of their seat, and seriously hurting themselves by falling head first down on the floor.

The harness is sturdy, can be adjusted well, and very secure, so the child can't wiggle themselves out or open the buckle (although never say never so you shouldn't leave them unsupervised). It does mean that if I need to pop in to the kitchen or turn my back to our little one for a moment, I can, and I do not need to worry that she is about to fall into impending doom... Because she is securely strapped in her seat, and knows she can't get out, so she won't even try.

The design is super cute, with a little kitten as the buckle.

Also, I don't know what kind of a magic ingredient Stokke puts in their products, but this one as all the other accessories is resistant to staining and scrubs up well. 

Did I think the Harness was worth the purchase? Yes, most definitely, I would not do without this. In my opinion, this is the second most important accessory after the Baby Set. Toddlers are fast and a bit nutty, without this I think we would have had some painful accidents.


stokke tripp trapp high chair table top

Summary


So which accessories to choose once you bought your Stokke Tripp Trapp? We liked all of them and used them all, and obviously in an ideal world you'd just get everything. However, as we all know, money doesn't grow on trees and you have to prioritise.

So, when choosing the accessories consider these points. If I bought the Tripp Trapp to use as a highchair, I would definitely purchase the Tripp Trapp Baby Set and the Stokke Harness. The Baby Set is essential, and in my opinion the Harness makes it a lot safer for older babies and toddlers. The Harness is a safety device and has saved us from lots of trouble. Not all kids try to get out of their chairs and if you are at an arms length all the time you might not need the harness.

The Newborn Set  is useful as you can keep the baby away from the floor (handy if you have older kids) and babies may enjoy being able to see better and sitting at the same level as you. Downside is that the set can be used only around 6 months. Tripp Trapp Cushion looks nice, and you can customise the chair with different patterns. While weaning and with toddlers likelihood is that the cushion gets very messy and you have to wash it constantly (very annoying) but you might have more use of it with older kids when you take the baby set away.

The Stokke Table Top looks nice and is entertaining for the kids with the different pictures. It can be handy to use as a crafting area as well when kids are older. You could live without it as well and just wipe the table as needed if you are not worried about table being damaged or stained. Alternatively you can get a PlayTray or Tray (by Stokke) which attaches to the chair rather than the table.

So pick and choose based on what you find most useful, and I hope my review of the different accessories has helped you to decide what accessories your family needs most.


Best places to buy these items:

If you are in US:  Stokke Tripp Trapp highchairNewborn SetTripp Trapp CushionTripp Trapp Baby SetStokke Table Top, PlayTray (by 4MyKid)Tray (by Stokke)  and Stokke Harness.

If you are in UKStokke Tripp Trapp highchairNewborn SetTripp Trapp CushionTripp Trapp Baby SetStokke Table TopPlayTray(by 4MyKid), Tray (by Stokke)  and Stokke Harness.



Have you tried any of the Stokke Tripp Trapp accessories and what did you think about them?




21 comments:

  1. We love our Tripp Trapp - we have two and my seven year old is still using hers as a big chair! I think these chairs are worth the investment as they do last from baby to big girls (& boys!).
    #TriedTested

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    1. That's why we got our Stokke chairs as well - a long-term investment. They were expensive but considering we can use them pretty much until they break (which in itself is unlikely to happen) the initial outlay starts I make sense :)

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  2. It looks fab - but very pricey! I suppose you get what you pay for though. Great review #TriedTested

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    1. They are fab but I guess that's the only fault - they are pricey. We got ours through various sales but we still probably spent close to £350 on the chair and accessories.

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  3. These look like great chairs....Your little one looks so happy in it x

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    1. She loves her chair! We love it too, we like the design and it is very sturdy :)

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  4. We have a Tripp Trapp and most of the extras too and my son hated the newborn seat so it was never used. x #triedtested

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    1. Yeah we were really worried about that too. Luckily she got used to it after we persevered (or perhaps it got more comfortable as she got bigger?). Shame you didn't get to use it! It is quite pricey too :(

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  5. I love our Tripp Trapp and so does the sprog. We've had all of these accessories apart from the tray as we just use our table by pushing the Tripp Trapp under it. We really liked the newborn set and baby set, but didn't really get on with the harness (found it very difficult to adjust). Really like the cushions, but agree that they can get very messy when weaning.

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    1. Yeah I actually remember reading the review where you wrote about your user experiences. If you want to please feel free to link it here :) It is interesting how much reviews can differ per family - I for example found the harness really easy and a must. The cushions are cute, shame we didn't use them too much because of the messiness.

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  6. We have the Tripp Trapp in black. I'm actually a tad disappointed with its quality - at least our monkey has a long ago managed to chip the paint and bang a few dents on it too. And it's such a pain to clean! All those nooks and crannies, argh. However, now that we have it, I'm sure we are going to keep using it as long as the little monkey is happy in it.

    We loved the newborn set. I also bought the official cushion set, but lost patience with it after the first wash. Then got a plastic-covered cushion set from eBay, which is prettier, cheaper and wipes clean. Never used the harness after the newborn set - our boy seems to climb into the chair happily and hasn't so far (he's 22 mths) tried climbing out. And instead of the tabletop, we got the Danish Playtray, which isn't an official Stokke product but made for the Tripp Trapp nevertheless - it attaches on to the chair and was priceless when the kid was smaller. I think that was probably our best accessory purchase after the seat set.

    So, all in all, I like the idea of the Tripp Trapp more than the execution, I guess. ;) But our son is happy in his chair, so we'll keep it despite the dents and the dried porridge that's impossible to shift! :D

    (Sorry for the novel-length comment!)

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    1. Hah ha no worries, always glad to have a nice long comment :)

      We have the whitewash and perhaps that stands up a little bit better than the painted surface. We have one little chip, and that is it. It has had a few dents (it is wood after all) but at least with whitewash they aren't glaringly obvious. Maybe they show in the painted surface more? Do agree with nooks and crannies, they can be tricky to clean :)

      I never knew you could get plastic-covered cushions too - great tip. I've heard of the Playtray before, but haven't bought it, as we quite like having her sitting at the table rather than away from it, but I can see why it would be handy,

      Interesting how different kids can be - ours couldn't be trusted, and on quite a few occasions she has tried to jump out when we haven't put the harness on. There were a few hairy moments when she was younger and clumsier.

      We've been really happy with out TrippTrapp and the accessories, but I guess nothing is perfect :)

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  7. What a fab review. I've never had a tripp trapp with any of mine but always wonder whether I should. Thanks for sharing x

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    1. I've really liked our Tripp Trapp and I like the look of it too. Very glad I've bought ours and we have had a lot of use out of it already (and will do in the future too!).

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  8. Are you able to install the baby set without the harness or white clip that goes in the seat plate?

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    1. Yeah definitely. The white clips on the seat plate you see in my pictures are part of the harness, but you can have the baby set by itself.

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  9. We have a Tripp Trapp and most of the extras too and my son hated the newborn seat so it was never used
    Charlotte
    http://thekitchen.site/

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  10. Great site and review on the Stokke Tripp Trapp Baby Set chairs. This would be a great gift for my grandkids and family as they are so multifunctional!

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  11. Hi! I am buying the tripp trapp and newborn set and was just wondering... Can the harness from the newborn set be removed and re used with the baby set, or you have to buy it separately? They seem to be the same harness and buckle, but maybe it can´t be removed from the newborn structure?
    Thanks!

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    1. I didn't try this but I don't think you can tbh. The harness for the baby set is attached with these clips to another piece that is attached to the chair, so it is quite different in design to the harness in the baby set!

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