Back in October, I wrote a review of the awesome Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair and Newborn Set which we were kindly sent for review when Baby L was only a few weeks old. Since then, the little one has used the Tripp Trapp nearly every day and we can honestly say it is one of our favourite bits of kit we’ve picked up since becoming parents.
The Tripp Trapp has been used during our mealtimes so that the sprog gets used to being at the table with us, as an extra place to put her down if she didn’t want to be on us or on her mat, and as a talking point when people have visited due to its cool design! It was therefore with much sadness that we had to retire the Newborn Set when Baby L reached six months. As she could now sit upright and had started to eat solids, it was time for the Tripp Trapp to grow with her as we introduced the next stage of accessories – this included the Baby Set, the Cushion and safety Harness.
Below you’ll find my review of these three items and see how we got on as the little one went from being a newborn to a baby.
The products are described as:
At around six to nine months, your baby will be able to start sitting upright unaided. The Baby Set has a high back support and rail with an integrated crotch strap which lets your baby sit securely and comfortably at the table.
- Enables the chair to be used when your child can sit up unaided (from 6-9 months)
- Provides perfect side and back support for your baby.
- Integrated crotch strap.
- Dishwasher proof
- Fits European version Tripp Trapp chairs produced after May 2003
- Includes Tripp Trapp Extended Gliders.
For added safety, we have also developed a harness to be used together with the baby set on the Tripp Trapp chair. This harness is constructed to offer your child full freedom to move while seated in the chair.
Personalise Tripp Trapp by adding cushions in different colours and designs. The cushion is soft and comfortable for your child.
- Padded cushion easy-to-mount on to Tripp Trapp chair.
- Fits chair both with and without Tripp Trapp Baby Set.
- Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified.
- Practical water repellant material (Silhouette pattern only).
- Machine washable at 40°c.
The Baby Set, Harness and Cushion are all added extras for the Tripp Trapp, thus allowing you to personalise your high chair even further than just choosing the colour up front. As such, all three items came in separate boxes – this was particularly exciting as it felt like Christmas all over again! On opening the boxes, I was surprised at how little assembly was required, which I’m happy to admit was a massive relief for my poor DIY skills.
The Baby Set – in Storm Grey colour to match our Tripp Trapp – consisted of just three parts. There was the high back rest, the rail and two extended gliders (which we didn’t need to use as we already had these from the newborn set). Assembly of the Baby Set was so simple that I couldn’t even mess it up and I even considered letting the missus have a crack!
Having taken the Newborn Set off our already assembled Tripp Trapp (you can read about assembly in my previous review of the Tripp Trapp), the first step of assembly for the Baby Set was to attach the high back rest to the chair’s back rest – this is achieved through four hooks which easily clip in between the back rest. The final step is to take the rail and slide the hooks from this into the back rest, then push the crotch strap buckle into the hole on the Tripp Trapp seat plate. Assembly took all of one minute, with everything snapping together and clicking into place with the greatest of ease. If only every assembly job was this easy.
The next thing to fit was the Harness which is designed for added safety to keep the Baby from falling out of the Tripp Trapp. Again, there were just three components in the box – two sliders which attach to the Tripp Trapp and the straps. In order to fit the Harness, you need to put the sliders onto the corners of the Tripp Trapp seat plate which then allow you to securely connect the Harness. To do so, you need to loosen the Tripp Trapp to allow the seat plate to slide out (having taken the Baby Set rail back off). As the name suggests, the sliders slide onto the seat plate, which can then be put back into the Tripp Trapp slots and tightened. This creates two hooks at the back of the high chair which allows the Harness to be attached. Again, a very simple process, albeit a little annoying that the seat plate needs to be removed from an already assembled Tripp Trapp.
In just ten minutes, I’d managed to fit the Baby Set and Harness and was already picturing myself sat comfortably on the settee watching the TV after a job well done. However, my over confidence would come back to haunt me. The Harness is designed to be adjustable to fit kids of all sizes from babies to toddlers – I expected it to be very easy to adjust the straps, however was disappointed to find that this wasn’t the case. I’ll admit that this could be user error, but I just couldn’t get the harness to adjust to the correct size.
The harness appears to be one really long strap which has four separate buckle parts where you can adjust – I found myself lengthening the strap at one section, only for it to do the complete opposite to what I expected. This meant that the strap at the back was the wrong size, the bit that go over the arms was too small or the bit around the waist was too loose. The instructions didn’t provide detail on how to adjust the buckles either which I found strange. Neither did YouTube when I took to my laptop in annoyance to solve my incompetency. After about 45 minutes, I’d eventually managed to suss out how the straps worked and got them looking something like they should, but it had been a frustrating experience. The only upside was that I knew I’d not have to adjust them again any time soon.
After calming down a bit, I then fitted the cushion. Luckily, this process was very simple. The cushion came in two separate parts – the first section goes over the top of the Baby Set high back rest, then attaches with Velcro around the rail on either side, whilst the second part simply covers the seat plate, and includes a hole to allow the Baby Set rail to fit through.
The cushion we received is called ‘soft stripe’ and consists of a number of different colours and horizontal lines as the pattern. Personally, I think that this looks awesome with the Storm Grey Tripp Trapp as the greys really compliment each other. However, Stokke also do a number of other colours and designs so you can best reflect your personality if the soft stripe isn’t for you. As Baby L is on the small side, the cushion has helped to pad out the high chair too, meaning that the little one is more secure and comfortable in the Baby Set which is great. The cushion is also machine washable which is critical when weaning a baby – the cushion has been covered in puree, fruit, vegetables, spit, snot and other things I’d rather not mention, but after washing, it looks as good as new.
The Baby Set itself is also fantastic – we loved having the Newborn Set so really hoped that the little one would get on well with the Baby Set. Having used it for just over two months, I can honestly say that it works really well. We’ve mainly used the Tripp Trapp for weaning and it has definitely helped us out on this messy journey. Not only is it easy to wipe clean, but we love the fact that it goes right under the table, meaning that there is no need for a separate tray as she just eats her food directly off our table.
This also ensures that Baby L is safely secured in the Tripp Trapp as she can’t wiggle her way out from under the table – the addition of the cushion to pad the high chair out a bit more and the harness to hold her in, gives even more confidence. However, having said that, we don’t use the harness as much now as we found that it seemed to restrict her movement when eating, and to be honest, I didn’t have the energy to tackle resizing the straps again!
The Tripp Trapp Baby Set costs £47.00, the Cushion is £33.00 and the Harness sets you back another £29.00 – they can all be bought directly from Stokke or from retailers such as Amazon. Having spent £159.00 on the Tripp Trapp, then potentially another £100.00 on the Newborn Set, spending another £100.00 after six months isn’t ideal for new parents. However, I personally think that the Baby Set is well worth the money, particularly as it lasts from six months to 36 months and allows the Tripp Trapp to be used for babies / toddlers rather than just as a kid’s chair when they are older.
I see the Cushion and Harness as added extras, so purchasing them really comes down to how critical you see them being and how much you want to spend on the Tripp Trapp. Personally, I think the Harness at £29.00 and the Cushion at £33.00 are both quite pricey and arguably I’d like to see them both coming included in the price of the Tripp Trapp. However, as mentioned, they are options you can buy to differentiate your Tripp Trapp and add extra comfort / safety. I’m very pleased we have them, but I’d struggle to justify spending over £60.00 for them.
I have nothing but praise for the Tripp Trapp and we really do love it. With the addition of the Baby Set to replace the Newborn Set, we know that it will be fantastic for Baby L for another 2.5 years, at which point she’ll be big enough to use the Tripp Trapp without any additional bits required. The Baby Set was very easy to fit, is sturdy, wipes clean easily and securely houses the little one when she’s placed in it – there are really no negatives from me when it comes to the Baby Set.
We also really like the soft stripe Cushion – it is really good quality, has a nice design, is easy to fit and, crucially, can be washed. I also think that the Cushion makes the Tripp Trapp look more aesthetically pleasing and is surely more comfortable for the sprog too. It is quite pricey for an added extra though. I don’t think I’ve spent £33.00 on cushions in my life, so to spend this on a Cushion for Baby L is a bit scary! The cushion doesn’t need to be used with just the Baby Set though as it can be attached to the Tripp Trapp, so in theory, the Cushion should last for another ten years, in which case that is money well spent.
I’m afraid I just didn’t get on with the Harness though – it wasn’t the worst thing to fit, but was a bit fiddly as you need to dissemble part of the Tripp Trapp to fit the sliders. It was also a bit of a nightmare when it came to adjusting the straps, particularly without any instructions or guidance. This could be me being a bit dense, but it just wasn’t intuitive and that’s an hour of my life I’m not getting back. The quality of the strap is really good and it does keep your baby safe, but as it is fiddly, is light coloured which isn’t great with weaning and costs nearly £30.00, I just see more negatives than positives with the Harness.
The DADventurer Star Rating
Tripp Trapp Baby Set – 5 out of 5
Tripp Trapp Cushion – 4 out of 5
Tripp Trapp Harness – 3 out of 5
N.B. This review was written by me (Dave) and represents my honest opinion of the products. The Tripp Trapp Baby Set, Cushion and Harness were sent to me by Stokke with the purpose of writing an honest product review in exchange for the products.