We have been putting off buying the high chair for Spud for a long time simply because we did not know what to get. The different types and designs we have seen in the departmental stores had been a little overwhelming as well since we have no idea what we should be looking out for. To top it all, we had, several times, encountered less than knowledgeable staff working in the department stores who do not seem to very knowledgeable about what they are selling when we started asking questions about those high-chairs. A shame.
Then we were told about Tripp Trapp® by Stokke – apparently marketed as the “only child’s chair that can take you from baby to adult” and (quote-unquote) a very sturdy chair that is designed with safety in mind. In our minds, that kind of sounded awesome already, since the ones which we have seen looked rather flimsy.
We have not seen the brand in any of the major departmental stores while we were scouring for a high-chair then, and thought that we may never be able to find it here. However, we found out later that the chair is actually sold in a specialty store right here in Bangkok, called Naturally Bebe. (The staff there was helpful and quite knowledgeable)
While we bought into the concept of Tripp Trapp®, we did think that the price was a little bit on the exorbitant side. We then decided with a slightly cheaper alternative that they have in stock – Highchair Advance by Cotinfant. Everything is packaged up with the cushion, straps as well as table-top and it was nice that these things were NOT being sold separately.
Verdict: Not only it is super sturdy, it is also a very well thought design, with an eye for detail. The assembly was relatively simple to begin with. Some other features which we thought makes the design smarter are small details like:
Having a little metal guard at the back of the chair where you can put your foot to adjust the height,
Soft covers underneath the legs to prevent scratching of the floor (it just glides across the floor when you move it from one place to another)
Strap covers (No extra charge for that too!!)
Easy to remove table top
All in all, (we think) it is a good buy for Spud to enjoy her meal-times on this high-chair while getting used to a little bit of table manners as she is currently being slowly introduced to solids.