I have never been a fan of high chairs. They always seemed bulky, taking up a huge chunk of space in my kitchen or dining room. Not to mention they all looked so ugly with their bright colors that never fit in with the décor of my home. Call my crazy but I just didn’t want something that “babyish” in my dining room.
You can imagine my delight when I first saw that Stokke had taken all these items into consideration with their Tripp Trapp High Chair. It’s sleek design and color options allowed the chair to meld in with my walnut décor so most guests never even knew it was there. I really enjoyed using it with my first, now 3 year old, son. It has been growing with him as the seat height is interchangeable. The only down side I found was the lack of a tray, especially in those early eating months. I believe they were trying to promote family eating by having your child right up to the table.. but let’s be honest, babies are MESSY! Thankfully the people at Stokke finally figured that out and came out with a new tray that now brings the entire high chair close to perfection in my book.
The tray is quite simple in design and easily clicks on and off the Baby Set (the plastic seat attachment) with one hand. This was a huge selling point for me as I normally only have one hand available since the other is usually holding food or a baby. I was also pleasantly surprised at how sturdy and durable it was even with my sons’ repeated slamming of his hands on the tray. Although I have never done so it says it is dishwasher safe. In all honesty food slides off so easily since there are no nooks and crannies that a simple hand washing is fast and easy enough.
If you are looking for a high chair that will meld into the design/color of your home and grow with your child than I would highly recommend the Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair with the optional tray. If you already own the chair, like I did, than adding a tray is totally worth the investment (see my messy son below). Just be sure your baby set is a current model and fits with the new tray, I had to end up replacing my orange one in order to fit the tray.
What did you look for in a high chair? Was a tray an important feature to you?